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Tess Gerritsen , Jayne Brook
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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July 2003

Dr Abby DiMatteo - a second-year surgical student in Boston Bayside's elite cardiac team - is about to make a decision that will jeopardize her career.

A car-crash victim's healthy heart is ready to be harvested, having been cross-matched to a private patient, forty-six year-old Nina Voss. Instead Abby makes sure the transplant goes to a dying seventeen-year-old boy who is also a perfect match.

The repercussions leave her plagued with self-doubt. Suddenly a new heart appears, and the transplant is completed - but Abby makes a terrible discovery. The new heart has not come through the right channels.

Defying the hospital's demands for silence, Abby begins her own investigation that reveals an intricate and murderous chain of deceptions ...

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Encore Publishing; Abridged edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743532872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743532877
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,733,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. But her interests span far more than medical topics. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena. She started off her writing career with romance novels, now published by Mira. But in 1996 she switched to writing thrillers with her novel HARVEST, inspired by the anger she felt about the illegal trade in human organs. It was her first New York Times bestseller. Since then she has become an internationally bestselling author of crime novels, and her thriller series starring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles is the basis for the hit television series "Rizzoli & isles." She lives with her husband in Maine. For more information on Tess Gerritsen and her novels, visit her website: www.tessgerritsen.co.uk.

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"Suspense as sharp as a scalpel's edge. A page-turning, hold-your-breath read." (Tami Hoag) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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If it's gripping, it's Gerritsen. The novel that first made Tess Gerritsen a crime-writing star. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Suspense Novel 23 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
First let me say that I have never read any of the Tess Gerritsen's books before. They are not, or so I thought my type of reading material, but when you are caught near the end of your holiday, having read all the books you brought with you and you are an avid reader, any port in storm, so they say, or at least a raid on my wife's suitcase, for some of her holiday reading material.

Enough waffling, I really enjoyed the book. Tess Gerritsen is a very accomplished writer and also has the imagination to come up with the most audacious plot and also to delve into the minds of extremely disturbed people. I certainly hope that I do not have to go to hospital any time soon.

To give too much away about a suspense novel is counter productive. Suffice to say the plot revolves around a heart transplant and the repercussions that evolve because of it.

I have always said that life is too short to read rubbish, but this book was far from that. So I guess the moral is, give a book with a new subject a try. You never know if the writer is as good as Tess Gerritsen you may even like it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book 9 Aug 2006
By Hugh Sutherland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I have really become a huge fan of Ms Gerritsen. Aside from her detailed scientific information, her books are always well written and planned out.

Harvest is very readable to say the least. She establishes her characters well and creates a increasingly steady atmosphere throughout the book.

This book was her first medical thriller and the writing may not be as developed as her more recent efforts but it is still a fantastic read.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking 4 Jun 2007
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having read the six novels in Tess' `Rizzoli/Isles" series I thought I'd have a go at her earlier work, and Harvest from 1996. Another reviewer here suggests that this is her first book, but in fact it's her 12th - most of the first eleven were romantic fiction which she started writing in 1986. Anyway I was pleased to discover that Harvest is every bit as good as her more recent work, if anything it could quite easily be her latest novel and no-one would notice. I have a feeling that the experiences of central character Dr Abby DiMatteo are strongly adapted from the author's own in her previous career as a physician in Hawaii. It was a chance dinner conversation that inspired Tess to write this, her first medical thriller. The man sitting beside her at the restaurant was an ex-cop who ran a security service protecting American businessmen in Russia. On his last trip abroad, Moscow cops had told him that Russian orphans were vanishing from the streets. They believed the children were being kidnapped by the Russian mafia and shipped abroad as organ donors.

The story so horrified Tess, she immediately called her brother-in-law, a reporter for Newsweek, suggesting he investigate. Newsweek was unable to track down any proof. Weeks later, Tess was still unable to forget those missing Russian orphans. They became the inspiration for the plot of Harvest which was released in hardcover in 1996, and marked Tess's debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Film rights were sold to Paramount/Dreamworks, and the book has been translated into twenty foreign languages.

If you have enjoyed The Surgeon, and the others in that series, I'm sure you'll like Harvest too. It's unlikely to disappoint.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Suspense Novel 26 Aug 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
First let me say that I have never read any of the Tess Gerritsen's books before. They are not, or so I thought my type of reading material, but when you are caught near the end of your holiday, having read all the books you brought with you and you are an avid reader, any port in storm, so they say, or at least a raid on my wife's suitcase, for some of her holiday reading material.

Enough waffling, I really enjoyed the book. Tess Gerritsen is a very accomplished writer and also has the imagination to come up with the most audacious plot and also to delve into the minds of extremely disturbed people. I certainly hope that I do not have to go to hospital any time soon.

To give too much away about a suspense novel is counter productive. Suffice to say the plot revolves around a heart transplant and the repercussions that evolve because of it.

I have always said that life is too short to read rubbish, but this book was far from that. So I guess the moral is, give a book with a new subject a try. You never know if the writer is as good as Tess Gerritsen you may even like it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Harvest - Tess Gerritsen 6 Aug 2009
By molko VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
After reading Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli series and becoming quite a fan I was pretty chuffed when I went out to buy the hardback copy of her latest book 'Keeping the Dead' and found that it also came with a free copy of her first medical thriller published way back when in 1996.
The story begins with Dr Abby DiMatteo going against commands from the head of her hospital and giving a recently harvested heart to a young teenage boy instead of an older dying wife of a rich and ruthless businessman. This proves to be a decision DiMatteo will soon begin to regret as soon thereafter it seems someone is out to sabotage her career, framing her for murder, placing discrimanating evidence in her locker etc. During this the woman who Abby denied the heart transplant has miraculously found a matching donor and goes on to survive. However the facts sorrounding where this heart came from are shady to say the least and Abby sets out to uncover the truth. These actions only go to feul the fire that seems to be proppeling the sabateur and it soon seems that the whole staff at the hospital is against her, and it seems one person in particular will stop at nothing to get Abby to stop digging.

All in all an enjoyable enough read but it's clear to see that this is a debut novel. The plot is pretty well paced and doesn't lag too much. However something seems missing, it feels that Gerritsen could have done alot more. Worth a look but it's now clear to see Tess can do alot better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
excellent.
Published 7 days ago by miss a j scowen
5.0 out of 5 stars A good author, never disappoints
As expected. A good author, never disappoints.
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. Y. Culverwell
5.0 out of 5 stars great twists and turns
Loved it from start to finish. There a re a few surprises along the way too. Really addictive to read.
Published 24 days ago by Carrie
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Published 1 month ago by Pamela Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
An excellent book. I couldn't put it down. I'm usually a slow reader but got through this in 3 days. I love Tess Gerritson books and this is definitely up to her high standard
Published 1 month ago by Domini Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant - full of suspense, twists and turns right to the...
Loved this book kept me well entertained. Gives you food for thought and I wouldn't be surprised if this kind of thing goes on in real life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by julia
5.0 out of 5 stars The last of the six books by TG that I ...
The last of the six books by TG that I ordered from you is an eye opening thriller that I couldn't put down
Published 2 months ago by Eskimo-Batman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Her books are getting better, the more I read the more interesting it gets.
Published 2 months ago by bazzra65
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerritesn
l really like Tess books she keeps you guessing, an then can throw you a curve ball, when you think you have it all solved good read
Published 6 months ago by Lorna Esslemont
5.0 out of 5 stars medical thriller
just love Tess's books medical background to murder mystry suspense, have read a few must watch for more to read.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Mej Mcateer
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