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The Mephisto Club [Hardcover]

Tess Gerritsen
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15 Jan 2007
Christmas Eve in Boston is no holy night for medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. In a rundown house a woman has been dismembered in an act of carnage that leaves veteran cops in shock. The last person called from the dead girl's phone is Dr. Joyce O'Donnell, a celebrity psychiatrist who's made her name defending serial murderers. But there are other clues that make the police wonder if this slaying was part of a Satanic ritual. Drawn on the wall, in blood, are ancient symbols, and a mirror-image word in Latin that, translated, says: "I have sinned." Then a second woman is found butchered on Beacon Hill, just outside the grand residence of Anthony Sansone, a reclusive historian. He is the leader of the Mephisto Club, an old and secret society dedicated to the study of evil, and to confronting it in its purest form. On the door to Sansone's house have been scrawled yet more ancient symbols. Are they clues? Or threats? When the same symbols appear on Maura Isles' door, Maura and Jane must call on the Mephisto Club for assistance. Because this is a form of evil Boston PD has never encountered before. And the only way they can defeat it is by turning to the people who understand the devil himself.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (15 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593055926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593055922
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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:

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For a considerable time Tess Gerritsen has been producing some of the most challenging -- and disturbing -- crime novels being written today. A speciality, of course, is her preparedness to go further than most authors would dare to -- male or female -- and with The Mephisto Club, she once more seems prepared to face the reader and say: if you can take it, I can dish it out. While Gerritsen has found new things to say in the genre of the serial killer novel, what really distinguishes her work is the brilliant characterisation of her twin heroines, medical examiner Dr Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli. Both protagonists feature in this latest novel, and while it might not crank up the tension to the same degree as the remarkable Vanish, it will be a rare reader indeed who will be able to put this one down.

Christmas in Boston brings horror rather than good cheer when a woman's body is found dismembered in a crime scene that leaves even hardened cops queasy. Doctor Maura Isles is assigned to the case, but soon another brutal murder takes place: a woman has been mutilated and murdered on Beacon Hill, near the home of the director of the Mephisto Club. This is a clandestine society whose subject is the study of evil -- and its agenda is to confront it in its most unadulterated forms. As Detective Jane Rizzoli becomes involved, it’s quickly apparent that both women (no strangers to the bloodiest extremes of human cruelty) are up against something which is close to a distillation of the purest evil.

This isn't quite Tess Gerritsen on her very best form, but it’s still more compelling and audacious than most thrillers being written today. The legions of Tess Gerritsen fans need not hesitate. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


'Gruesome, seductive and creepily credible - way better than
anything by Dan Brown.' -- Peter Millar, The Times

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real page turner... 27 Jan 2007
I am always eager to read any new Tess Gerritsen book as I find her books very absorbing. Suck me right in! THIS Mephisto Club was certainly no different. Could not put it down, (a few sleepless nights because of it!), and even though I had an inckling about who one or two of the characters may have turned out to be, she wasn't giving anything away until the very end.

An excellent read once again. Can't wait for the next one hot off the press. Tess Gerritsen did not dissapoint.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Even Tess knows she can do better than this 9 Oct 2006
Having read all five previous novels in the Rizzoli crime thriller series almost back-to-back in recent weeks, I was hungrily looking forward to getting my hands and eyes onto the sixth and latest offering. There was quite a lot of hype surrounding its release, built around the premise that there is a parallel species actually living alongside the human race who look exactly like us but who are descended from an evil bloodline dating back to pre-biblical times - there are apparently several names for this Satanic breed but one of the better known is Nephilim, who, legend has it, were originally created by a consummation between fallen angels and little-known offspring of Adam, the first man on Earth. There's a rather familiar concept here, one of a conspiracy involving the Christian and Catholic churches that suggests that certain events in age-old history have either been erased or manipulated in order to satisfy the highest powers among those and other faiths. Something not drastically different was pulled off more successfully in The Da Vinci Code, even if that novel lacked the strong characterisations so thoroughly and convincingly portrayed by Tess Gerritsen in the Rizzoli portfolio. Basically this is mutton dressed as lamb, a by-the-numbers serial killer tale with the cops looking for the baddie, but what could have otherwise been a scary, tense and gruesome thriller (which Ms.G knows how to write) is instead diluted as a result of her determination to wrap it around, or within, a number of ideas she learned of in such ancient publications as The Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees. Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The crime queen holds onto her crown 30 Jan 2007
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
A new Tess Gerritsen novel is now a hugely significant event for lovers of the crime/thriller genre. Over the course of the Rizzoli/Isles novels, beginning with the unputdownable The Surgeon, Gerritsen has drawn us into her world. It's a world where evil comes to the fore, no more so than in this latest novel in which Gerritsen explores the nature of evil itself and asks whether it is an inherited trait.

The Mephisto Club features Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, two immensely likeable female leads who have significantly grown as characters during the course of the series. Their personal lives are intertwined with this story, but not overbearingly so. Here, they investigate a series of deaths with apparently Satanic connections. Meanwhile, in Italy, we observe a character called Lily as she flees from an unknown man. It is evident that the strands of the story will eventually weave together, and Gerritsen is an expert at this by now.

If you're already a fan of this series, you won't need any convincing to buy this book. If you're not, The Mephisto Club comes highly recommended. It's not absolutely essential to read the books in order, but since the characters' personal lives develop throughout, you couldn't really do any better than start with The Surgeon and race your way through the rest before devouring The Mephisto Club with equal fervour.

Gerritsen is virtually untouchable in the genre at the moment, and shows no signs of wavering. Fabulous.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you believe in the devil? 2 May 2007
Absolutely fantastic book to bring the series back to life with a bang. Things in the Ives-Rizzoli series took a slight dip after the brilliant openers but this certainly has me hooked again.

Ms Gerritsen masterfully incorperates the style of recent best-selling books (most prominantly The da Vinci code) into her already existing brand of writing. We get the strange undercover group, historical drawings and lots of latin messages all which need to be decoded in an attempt to catch a killer some believe to be evil itself.

Well played and well worth reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 25 Jan 2007
this book is really well thought out and the plot flows really well. i was gripped from the first page. This was the first book of hers ive rad (and typically i dont do these things in sequence)and i have to say before id even finished iw as buying the others....
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GRIPPING READ FROM GERRITSEN 19 Jan 2007
By thester
This is another of Gerritsen's fabulous books based on the Isles / Rizzoli partnership and it won't disappoint. Based on a more 'supernatural' theme than any of her other offerings this book loses none of the gripping page turning appeal of her previous writings. She has the ability to balance a nail biting insight into the mind of the criminal with the softer insight of the characters personal lives, this is another triumph for Gerritsen and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling! 17 Oct 2006
I liked The Mephisto Club best of the books in this fine series. If you've liked any of the earlier books, you should definitely read this one.

Most medical-detective thrillers are long on scientific deduction, little-known facts and brilliant solutions. As such, the typical entry in the genre can feel well, bloodless, even as bloody body parts pile up. To attempt to overcome that problem, more blood, guts and gruesomeness are added to the next story. Eventually, I find myself being repelled by such series.

Tess Gerritsen had been on that downward spiral too until The Mephisto Club. Although the blood, guts and gruesomeness will be pretty disturbing to many, in The Mephisto Club that extremity made sense for this story. She goes beyond the conventions of social psychology to address the possibility of evil incarnate wrecking havoc. Drawing on ancient tales referenced in various cultures and the Bible, Dr. Gerritsen adds a dash of terror by turning the hunters into the hunted that works quite well in making a gripping, chilling tale.

The story begins innocently enough as a family retrieves a nephew to live with them one summer after the boy's father dies. After that flashback, we sense that all is not well with the nephew.

Next, we move into the present where Dr. Maura Isles resumes her fascination with Father Daniel Brophy during a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Their conversation is interrupted by a call from Detective Jane Rizzoli who has caught a gruesome homicide of a young woman that involves what seem to be satanic symbols and strange rituals. At the victim's home, the caller ID presents an unexpected connection that draws back into a part of her past that she wants to forget.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She is brilliant!
Another great book from Tess Gerritsen, it was not my favourite but still very good
Published 29 days ago by Ms. K. Goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
If you love the series you will love the books though I hasten to add that the series has been twisted about to suit TV. Good condition books and quick delivery
Published 1 month ago by P. G. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What can I say, she has done it again. Keeping you on the edge. Brilliant writer. I am glad I came across the Rizzle & Isle series.
Published 6 months ago by lanic
4.0 out of 5 stars Mephisto Club - finally!
Finally read it, as I've started backwards with this series. It now all starts to fall into place since reading other books which mention Mephisto club. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Anna Bonacorsi
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerritsen does it again
Need i say more her writing is inspired and the book kept me enthralled for hours. The narrative is well written and the dialogue is great
Published 18 months ago by DLG
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerritson novel
Up to the usual standard of this author,good story line with lots of action throughout the whole book. It'. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Peter Joiner
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BONE GARDEN
The Bone Garden: Apart from the brief appearence of Maura Isles in the first few chapters of the book, the usual characters did not feature but whilst reading I did not miss them... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by March
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Gerritsen winner
The Mephisto Club is the 6th of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli/Isles series. On Christmas Eve, Rizzoli and Isles are called to a horrific murder scene where the female victim has been... Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by Cloggie Downunder
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite quite catching the demonic genre wave
I'm a convert to Tess Gerristsen and I like the interplay between Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by Jonathan Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOWN AWAY
I LOVED this book, it was so intriguing and thrilling. I couldnt put it down until i had finished it and the mystery and myth fascinated me. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by MsAbbasi
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