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Under the Knife (Mira) [Paperback]

Tess Gerritsen
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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2001 Mira
The Mira books feature a range of novels by well-known and sometimes new authors. The common thread running through the series is the focus on love, romance and man-woman relationships.
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  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551666111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666112
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 9.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,820 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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Go on give it a go 26 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having read all of Tess Gerritsens other books I was determained that no matter what the critics have said about this latest novel, that I would read it and form my own opinion. As usual from the first page I was hooked, and felt really pleased with myself that I had ignored the critics. However it is not all plain sailing.I did feel that the usual suspense was kept up and that the story line was strong (though not one of Tess Gerritsens best I have to say)but this time I feel it was what can be called a Romantic Thriller/Suspense story and was left feeling that a romantic storyline is not what Tess Gerritsen is best at really.I am glad I read the book, but to me it was just a plesant read and not the usual rating of 5 or more!!!!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars under the knife - not all bad! 10 July 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this is another good example of why i have most of Tess Gerritsen's work. her books, are intelligent/gritty/powerful and somtimes all too very real.
although "under the knife", is not one of her most powerful books, i cannot understand why it has got such bad reviews.
ok, so it's not such an original idea,the heroine albeit a strong charactor rely's too heavily on a man and i sort of guessed who the killer was early on but, not why everybody died.
BUT THIS IS NOT A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME.
it is written well,as usual the medical dialogue is well explained and it flows at a steady pace. there is some romance in this book, i especially liked the conflict between David and his ethics concerning getting involved with someone your trying to prosecute and his feelings for Kate. but i have to admit that i think this book is lacking in any real of sense of forboding, it doesn't feel very gritty,there is a lack of suspense, but it makes up for it in other ways - notably, Ms. Gerritsen's writing.
for those who don't know what the book is about, it centre's around Dr.Kate Chesne, who apparently gave the wrong medicine to a patient while on the operating table, the patient susequently dies. David Ransom, who loathes doctors for a living take on the malpractice case for the parents.Kate sets out to prove her innocence and tries to convince David that she has been framed.
at first he doesn't believe her - why should he, she is about to be sued and possibly lose her job. but when other people start to die, who apparently are connected to the dead patient, David starts to believe her and together they set about trying to find the killer who walks among the patients and staff freely in the Honolulu hospital.
and they ask the question, who is next? and why?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Under the knife- don't waste your time 26 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An extremely disappointing book. It did not show any gripping plotting,was pedestrian and seemed similar but lesser than a Paul Carson novel. It took me 2 hours to read it. I found the main characters irritating andguessed the identity of the murderer very quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly disappointing 27 Nov 2010
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed a number of Tess Gerritsen's books such as The Mephisto Club, Ice Cold, Vanish and The Bone Garden and so was very surprised at how poor this book turned out to be. I see that it was first published in the US in 1990 and so maybe was an early and not so well-written book by this author. The story is slow and the text over-written with too much detail, but worst of all is the preposterous romance developing between the female doctor accused of medical negligence and the prosecuting attorney who could ruin her career. The book lacks pace and reads more like a Mills & Boon romance than the exciting detective fiction I was expecting. I gave up after about 100 pages.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More like Mills & Boon 17 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
This heroine is enough to make any woman weep. Supposed to be a strong, career doctor yet falls apart when she sees a dead body in the morgue? More concerned about the colour of the lawyer's eyes and falling into bed with him? If I'd wanted a slushy romance I'd have bought something with a pink cover. I was hoping for a crime story (I've read "The Apprentice") or at least something remotely gripping but this ain't it! Fluffy at best, pap at worst.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 12 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
The only drawback of this book is that it's too short. I really enjoyed it. Its a fairly quick read but with good characters. Over all enjoyable. Ignore what other reviewers have said it's amazing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick enjoyable read 2 May 2014
Format:Paperback
A nurse goes for routine surgery during which she dies in the hands of her colleagues. On further investigation it seems she was not fit for the surgery but Dr Kate Chesne had declared she was. A case of malpractice? Kate is suspended from duty and facing dismissal but she knows she done nothing wrong and decides to take matters into her own hands to prove she was not negligent and so starts a series of murders that appear to be linked. Teaming up with David, the lawyer who initially was dealing with the legal claim for the nurse's parents , they try to get to the bottom of who is killing these people.
A great short read, and while I knew from early on who was involved I certainly didn't see the motive until very near the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 17 Dec 2013
By Linda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
love all her books, good story, could not put down, read it in four days, and I am not a good reader.
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