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The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Tess Gerritsen , Tanya Eby
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26 Jun 2012 Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles (Book 9)
Rizzoli & Isles now a series on TNT
In the murky shadows of Boston’s Chinatown lies a severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed in black, her head nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are homicide cop Jane Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel. Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. One woman connected to that massacre is still alive—a mysterious martial arts master who is now the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning—and a swift, avenging blade.

Don’t miss Tess Gerritsen’s short story “Freaks” in the back of the book.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (26 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423392442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423392446
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,526 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:

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In this ninth outing, Tess Gerritsen’s much-loved series heroines, forensic anthropologist Maura Isles and detective Jane Rizzoli, are on cracking form. The duo often find themselves investigating gruesome murders – and The Silent Girl is one of the most compelling (and disturbing). Gerritsen is a leading light among the new cadre of female crime writers who are quite as ready to tackle hyper-violent crime fiction as any of their male confreres – and this is a field, remember, that boasts several stellar talents (including, notably, Kathy Reichs). But one of the most talented practitioners of this nerve-shredding genre is Gerritsen, still on a roll after such highly impressive thrillers as Body Double and Vanish. The latest book, The Silent Girl, is a particularly notable outing for Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli.

In a Chinatown alley in Boston, a severed human hand is found. On a roof in the vicinity is the decapitated head of a woman. Nearby is a body, and on the corpse are found strands of non-human hair. Involved in the investigation of the crime are Rizzoli and Isles, who quickly discover some starling facts about events that preceded the murder: nearly two decades before, a grim assault on a restaurant in Boston claimed the lives of five people, with only one survivor of the carnage -- a woman skilled in martial arts who is party to a dark secret. Rizzoli and Isles realise that there is something malign and ancient in Chinatown – and that more lives are at stake.

As so often with Tess Gerritsen, this is a book that guarantees a raising of the pulse rate, and if you harbour the slightest squeamishness, perhaps you'd better pick up something less confrontational. However, the burgeoning army of Gerritsen fans will (quite rightly) have no such pussyfooting objections – and more power to their (and Gerritsen’s) elbow. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Suspense doesn't get smarter than this. Not just recommended but mandatory" (Lee Child)

"Another great thrill ride... The Silent Girl is one of [Tess] Gerritsen's best" (Associated Press)

"Gripping... Both women deal with personal and family issues that reveal their humanity and lend credibility to this deft thriller" (Publishers Weekly)

"Chilling and thrilling... an exciting and suspense-filled adventure" (Wichita Falls "Times Record News") --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be silent about this! 21 July 2011
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I'm not going to give a huge history on the novels previously, as that would take a lot of explaining (!) but suffice to say, if you want to really know both Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles you should probably start with book one of Gerritsen's Rizzoli/Isles series and work your way through the series. Because a lot of past cases are mentioned and some people will be confused and wonder what's going on. The Silent Girl starts some months after (the brilliant) The Killing Place and we start by seeing Maura Isles testifying at the trial of a cop. (Not on his behalf, I may add). That didn't add much to the book, it has to be said, but I think it's setting the ground work for the Boston PD to not trust Maura as much (as is shown throughout The Silent Girl whenever Maura is called to a crime scene). But the real plot of the novel is the death of a girl on a roof in Chinatown. At first Jane Rizzoli is stumped as to how she was killed but as she learns more and more, secrets are revealed.

The Silent Girl is very much plot-focused; compared to The Killing Place which was very much focused on Maura, the personal lives of Rizzoli and Isles is put onto the backburner for this novel. Instead we're introduced to Chinatown and its mythology. The book isn't as gripping or suspenseful as previous novels, but the background to the entire plot is very much done well. Gerritsen has written a note on the back of the novel (of my proof copy, anyway) saying that the book was inspired by herself growing up as a Chinese-American and her history and the history of all Chinese-Americans is very much prevalent during the novel. So although it wasn't a suspenseful novel, it was still rather creepy as Jane found herself wondering if there really was a ghost running through Chinatown killing people.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story with an exotic background 6 Aug 2011
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
I've enjoyed all of the author's books in the Rizzoli and Isles series and marvel at how she can think up so many different scenarios. Boston's Chinatown and the cultural heritage of the community provide an interesting and exotic background to this intriguing story of deaths and disappearances. Though each of the books in the series has a stand-alone story, I feel I get more having followed the main characters' experiences chronologically. The author doesn't over-burden the flow of her narrative with personal and life-style information about her characters, only including enough to make them seem real, so that her books crack along a good pace and keep the reader hooked wanting to know what happens next.
An excellent book that I'm sure most readers of crime fiction will enjoy.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great title 22 July 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
OK, this will not exactly come as a shock but I'm a huge Tess Gerritsen fan so any new book that arrives will be devoured in pretty short succession. The novel as usual is well written and when told from multiple points of view made this a story that was not only about the victim but the circumstances which allows the story to stand out on its own. Add to this the freshness of Rizzoli and Isles (even though it is their ninth outing) and it's a series that is not only gripping but one that keeps this series in the mind of fans as well as new readers who have watched the TV series (alas still not available in the UK.)

All in, when you add Tess' unique writing style which include gritty crime and gory scenes alongside her characters developments both personal and case related it's a series that few other authors can come close to matching. Great stuff although to be honest don't read this on your own or late at night and I'd definitely suggest a stiff drink to help settle the nerves in certain areas. Magic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tess Gerritsen - The Silent Girl 31 July 2012
In this, the 9th in Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series we're trying to uncover the mystery of a bunch of murders in Chinatown. Surly Boston cop Jane Rizzoli takes centre stage here as she heads up the investigation with her partner Barry Frost and newcomer to the team Johnny Tam. After a woman is found dead on a rooftop in Chinatown it soon becomes apparent that the murder is linked to a massacre from years ago.

I won't say much more on the plot as the synopsis here on Amazon will tell you enough. Unfortunately this one just wasn't up to Gerritsen's usual standard. The writing and the story itself is very unoriginal, at times it felt like Tess was following a 'paint by numbers' method for writing a crime book and it was all very pedestrian and ultimately, boring. I've read and enjoyed all of the previous books in this series but it seems that her efforts are becoming less and less impressive, especially when compared to the other leaders in the genre; Karin Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell etc. Read this one for a cheap quick thrill, or if you've followed the series, but there's nothing new to be found here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Girl 23 Aug 2011
By Norny
This book kept you riverted and on your toes right up until the end. You could not put the book down for breaks it just had to be read!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Creepy Murder Leads Rizzoli to Creeps 21 July 2011
"Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house." -- Proverbs 17:13 (NKJV)

I found The Silent Girl to be one of the very best books in the series. Let me explain why.

The novel has a strong sense of place. I often walk through Boston's Chinatown and the story evoked just the sort of thoughts and emotions that occur to me while regarding people there.

There are many mysteries here, each of which has to be exposed to the light of truth before anyone can know what really happened. I found that storytelling style to be intriguing.

By drawing on Chinese culture, there's an exotic element that makes the characters and story seem more exotic, almost like finding a hothouse flower unexpectedly in winter.

The story also grabbed me emotionally more than most police procedurals and suspense stories do.

Sometimes Dr. Gerritsen's stories don't completely ring true to me. This one allowed me to successfully suspend disbelief throughout.

The only aspect of the story that didn't appeal to me (other than what the villains did) was the brief involvement of Dr. Maura Isles. It seemed almost like a leftover from a different story than an essential part of this one. If it had been edited out, I suspect many readers would have liked the book better. But die hard fans of Dr. Isles will be disappointed, I'm sure, with the little they find of her here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I love Tess Gerritsen's books. This one, as they always do, lived up to all my expectations - she never lets me down.
Published 2 days ago by Ecossaise
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
great book it's not until near enough the last chapter that you get an idea who the mysterious ally is
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars gruesome murder's giving way to Mysteries
TG is changing her game slowly and it certainly spices up her novels now. I love the change and feel sorry for those who need vicious torture to enjoy a book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mully
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading
Read this in couple of days, it's absolutely riveting, could not put it down, think I've done all the rizolli and isles books for now, will move onto the standalone ones but truly... Read more
Published 17 days ago by mand237
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not one of her best, feel she might just be pumping them out at the pressure of her publisher, still good if you like her other books
Published 21 days ago by Anne-Marie Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Tess Gerritsen collection
If you enjoy good storylines and characters I can thoroughly recommend this series of books, if you can, read them in order, you will get to know Rizzoli and Isles and immerse... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mrs Hilary Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Girl
Have read this book before, but could not quite remember the story. Really enjoyed it .so much action throughout.
Would. Recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Mgt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing Gerristsen novel.
I have to be honest and say that this book started off quite slow, but that's what is so amazing about Gerritsen. The way she writes is just pure genius. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine
Every thing fine and delivered as expected and why do I need to say any more? This is a needless waste of my time.
Published 1 month ago by A E Dutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Different again...
I love that each book in the series is quite different from the others which shows the author has put effort into each book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bobby
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