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Presumed Guilty [Mass Market Paperback]

Tess Gerritsen
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31 Dec 1997
Miranda's ex-lover is found murdered. She had a motive and the opportunity. After being arrested for the crime, Miranda is shocked to learn she's been released on bail--bail posted by someone determined to remain anonymous. Is someone trying to help Miranda? Or is someone trying to manipulate Miranda and draw her into the dark and secret world of a murdered man, where everybody's presumed guilty?


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Mira Books; Reissue edition (31 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155166299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551662992
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,797 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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'Gerritsen has enough in the locker to seriously worry Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben and even the great Denis Lehane. Brilliant.' --Crime Time

'Gerritsen is tops in her genre.' --USA Today

'Tess Gerritsen writes some of the smartest, most compelling thrillers around.' --Bookreporter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sunday Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is one of the biggest names in crime fiction. A former doctor, Tess has now retired from medicine to write full-time. She and her family live in Maine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful
By OEJ & SKY TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Miranda's ex-lover is found murdered. She had a motive and the opportunity. After being arrested for the crime, Miranda is shocked to learn she's been released on bail--bail posted by someone determined to remain anonymous. Is someone trying to help Miranda? Or is someone trying to manipulate Miranda and draw her into the dark and secret world of a murdered man, where everybody's presumed guilty?

This novel is being promoted in February 2012 as "Tess Gerritsen's New Book" - well, it's a long way from new because it was published nearly twenty years ago when Tess was better known for romance than crime fiction. This isn't anything like her best work - I read it several years ago after enjoying Harvest and her three other medical thrillers, as well as the early Rizzoli novels, and soon discovered that her earlier work wasn't really 'up there' with these books. To her great credit she has simply got better and better as she has progressed, which isn't something I could say about many authors in this genre. Tess has written over 25 novels and she's still at the top of her game. Presumed Guilty, however, was written when she was a little further down that climb to the top!

If you're looking for her genuinely 'new' novel in 2012, you'll need to wait until 4th September (although this may change) for her latest Rizzoli/Isles outing called Last to Die. Also, there's another Tess Gerritsen novel called The Girl Who Lived which is also coming out in September 2012 but I suspect this may be another 'alternative title', possibly to The Last to Die. I will update this when I know for sure.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An old book- re-issued- a disappointment 2 Feb 2012
By Sheila
Format:Hardcover
Certainly not a new book - issued a long time ago- very disappointing. Why hail it as a new book ?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film worthy! 12 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Im very surprised by the reviews and by the somewhat low score for this book.

I'm not a big reader and have before now, stuck to the chiller/horror genre. I couldnt be more glad that I finally forced myself to read this book my mum gave me.

I was immersed in the story from the very outset and literally couldnt put it down - that just doesnt happen to me! I sat till 5am and when I rose the next day I completed the remainder.

The mix between romance and thriller works very well and the pace is perfect. I couldnt say enough about it and I am now reading my second Tess book, 'Harvest'.
I think this book reaches out to include people who usually wouldnt read a crime thriller.

Go ooooon Tess!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Guilty 2 Feb 2012
By phg101
Format:Hardcover
When did Tess Gerritsen last write a'new' book? This is copyright 1993 and published in UK 2009. I think it is very wrong to suggest this is a new book when it clearly isn't.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PRESUMED GUILTY-DESERVING OF MORE THAN ONE STAR 18 July 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
MIRANDA WOOD'S EX-LOVER WAS FOUND STABBED TO DEATH IN MIRANDA'S BED WITH MIRANDA'S KITCHEN KNIFE. SHE HAD A MOTIVE - ALOVE AFFAIR GONE BAD - AND THE OPPORTUNITY.
BUT DESPITE HER PROTESTS OF INNOCENCE, MIRANDA IS SHOCKED TO LEARN SHE'S BEEN RELEASED ON BAIL - BAIL POSTED BY SOMEONE DETERMINED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS. WAS THIS AN ACT OF KINDNESS DESIGNED TO BUY MIRANDA TIME TO CLEAR HER NAME? OR IS SOMEONE TRYING TO MANIPULATE MIRANDA AND DRAW HER INTO THE DARK AND SECRET WORLD OF A MURDERED MAN, WHERE EVERYBODY'S PRESEUMED GUILTY?
HOW TWO REVIEWS CAN BE SO DIFFERENT. ALTHOUGH NOT ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, THIS IS BY NO MEANS A BOOK TO BE PUSHED ASIDE.
THIS IS A WELL WRITTEN TAUNT THRILLER, WHICH I THOURALLY ENJOYED.
MS. GERRITSEN HAS PROVED HERSELF TO BE A FINE WRITER OF MODERN DAY THRILLERS, AS WELL AS HER RENOWNED MEDICAL THRILLERS.(you must read "never say die"). YES THIS BOOK IS A TOUCH PREDICTABLE BUT IT DEFINATELY DESERVES MORE THAN ONE STAR.
THE CHARACTORS ARE WELL LAID OUT, THE IDEA IS A GOOD ONE AND YOU WILL KEEP GUESSING WHO THE KILLER IS FROM THE START.
MIRANDA KNOWS THAT SHE IS INNOCENT AND SETS ABOUT TRYING TO FIND THE KILLER, SHE GETS SOME HELP FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE - CHASE TREMAIN, HER EX-LOVERS BROTHER. ALTHOUGH HE'S NOT CONVINCED THAT SHE IS NOT THE KILLER, SOON IT IS APPARENT THAT SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL HER - WHY?- THAT'S THE QUESTION.
IT SOON BECOMES APPARENT, THAT THERE ARE A GREAT DEAL OF PLAYERS INVOLVED AND THEY ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE!
THIS IS A GOOD BOOK, WITH ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED.

I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant suprise 4 Jun 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wasn't sure I would like this one as I really enjoy Ms Gerritsen's medical thrillers Well I loved it It only took me three days to read it, as I just had to find out "who'd done it"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Murder, She Wrote 11 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I like a good murder mystery, and browsing through the crime sections of libraries and bookshops it's impossible to keep ignoring the prolific Ms Gerritsen, so I picked this book at random - but I've obviously made a bad choice.
It's not a bad premise (a woman returns home to find her ex-lover stabbed to death in her bed), the story is told efficiently and her style is clear and unpretentious (quite a relief after reading Sophie Hannah recently), there's even a few exciting moments and an unexpected villain.
That said, I'm afraid this is a very run-of-the-mill book. It's all plot, there's nothing going on beneath the surface. Which would be acceptable if the situations and characters were a bit less superficial, corny and obvious.
The moment the dark and brooding Chase appears, you know he's going to get together at some point with our lovely heroine/victim Miranda and enjoy a very Mills and Boon romance. And the rich local family, complete with cardboard cut-out Big Daddy character, just had to be involved somehow.
Reading this felt exactly like watching a very average episode of an old US detective series on cable tv. Perhaps Murder, She Wrote, given the Maine setting - but at least Jessica Fletcher used to wrap it up in under an hour!
Next time I'm in the library I'll look for one of her more recent books: she's been so successful, they must get better, surely?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Old book - new cover
I have read through some of the reviews which served to confirm my own feelings about this book in that it is about 20 years old and written around the same time as her other worst... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Denise Isles
5.0 out of 5 stars Presumed Guilty
Once again Tess wrote and excellent thriller kept you on the edge of your seat. Since buying her books have not had one that did not keep you in suspense. Well worth the read.
Published 3 months ago by G. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
I love these books and have read quite a few and shall be buying more when I have finished this one.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. K.M.A.Brown
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Free quick delivery and book in excellent condition for the price.Pleased to able to buy what I want and support the charity PDSA at the same time.
Published 8 months ago by elsie
5.0 out of 5 stars book
One of the best forensic/thriller writers, I would recommend her to anyone who like this type of book, I certainly do.
Published 9 months ago by bugsey
4.0 out of 5 stars PRESUMED GUILTY
Very easy to read on holiday book which I enjoyed. Having said that I usually do enjoy Tess Gerritsen books.
Published 9 months ago by Jan Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent dose of early Gerritsen
Presumed Guilty is the 7th novel by best-selling American author, Tess Gerritsen. When Miranda Wood's boss and ex-lover, newspaper publisher Richard Tremain, is murdered in her bed... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and enjoyable read.
I had not read this one before but I realise this was one of Tess's earlier novels. Still very well written but lot more romance but still an intriguing plot indeed.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Anna Bonacorsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Enjoyable read with a nice easy plot to follow, although Tess Gerritsen does keep you guessing who actually did the murder.
Published 14 months ago by Christina
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Good story but not your best! On to the next one. Though I must say that it was nice to a romance!
Published 15 months ago by Sheenah Edmonds
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