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The Apprentice: (Rizzoli & Isles series 2) Paperback – 17 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New edition edition (17 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817072
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A classic page-turner full of moments of heightened tension. Gerritsen is a craftswoman." (Daily Mirror)

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If it's gripping, it's Gerritsen. The chilling follow-up to The Surgeon, and a Rizzoli and Isles bestseller.

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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
There are many crime thriller series out there but if there's one that should be read in chronological order, it's this one by Tess Gerritsen. Fortunately I knew the correct order before I read any of her work, and I do recommend that if you're new to Tess, and the Jane Rizzoli series in particular, you should read THE SURGEON first. There are now six in all, with number six The Mephisto Club released this month (Sept 2006) while The Apprentice is the second.

When I finished The Surgeon I assumed that the story ended, but it didn't - The Apprentice is very much a continuation of the theme and storyline. It's difficult to say too much for fear of spoiling things for anyone who has yet to read The Surgeon, but they certainly go hand-in-hand and I would suggest that the character of The Surgeon himself may yet reappear in the third of the series. In The Apprentice, events and feelings revolve closely around Boston detective Jane Rizzoli, single and in her early thirties, and very traumatised one year on from her nightmare experience with The Surgeon. Her partner in the previous book, Detective Thomas Moore, doesn't feature here although he is frequently mentioned. Instead, Rizzoli gradually finds herself developing what becomes something of an awkward alliance with a highly suspicious-acting FBI agent named Gabriel Dean. Despite her deep mistrust, she finds him very attractive and has to suppress her desires many times in the interests of retaining a professional image. They both have one thing in mind from that point of view - hunting down a psychopathic killer given the pseudonym of Dominator, who seems to be forming an alliance of his own with, of all people, the aforementioned Surgeon.
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Once again an excellent book by Tess Gerritsen, I read the Surgeon and then went on to read the apprentice. This book focuses more on Jane Rizzoli but is an excellent read, just as good as the Surgeon, however there is an order to read these books in and I would recommend that it is followed. I do not normally write reviews but these books deserve to be recommended to all that like a good thriller. If you don't read them you will be missing out.
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By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Apprentice is Gerritson's follow-up book to The Surgeon. It is well written and contains all of Gerritson's usual elements of supsense, but it is not as good as the surgeon. The Apprentice seemed to be too much like the Surgeon with the same plot line and the same problems that Rizzoi has to deal with. I felt that Gerritson could have done without writing the Apprentice, or if she felt that it was necessary to write she could have made it more dissimilar. To me, the Apprentice was like reading a second-rate version of the Surgeon. But overall, the Apprentice is a well-written book that I enjoyed reading. I will definitely buy Gerriton's next book. If you enjoy her work, I would recommend reading Gravity which i think is her best book.
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Having read 'Body Double' and 'The Surgeon', I'm a new Tess Gerritsen fan and decided to take a look at 'The Apprentice'.

In this story we follow Detective Jane Rizzoli again, as she is tracking a killer who is showing similar patterns to a previous killer who she arrested. Things get even worse when that killer himself breaks out of jail and gets back into the fold.

The story is decent, and Gerritsen is able to tell a nice enough story, but for me the book is pretty flat. It lacks the suspense, and dynamism that 'The Surgeon' and 'Body Double' have. In fact a better title for this book would be 'The Surgeon II' as it is more of a sequel to that book.

So a good enough read, but luckily for Gerritsen, she is capable of writing much better than in this book.
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This book, "The Apprentice", is the second outing the series from Tess Gerritsen. I borrowed this book from the local library. I wasn't expecting much, particularly as I had never read any of her other material, but I was astonished.

Never has a book gripped me in the way "The Apprentice" did. It grabbed me, reeled me in, and hooked me till the full-blown climactic finish. It is written with such passion, such unfaltering fervour, that Tess Gerritsen has now found a place in my heart.

She commands the language and prose used in such a way that she can mould the outcome with awe-inspiring result. The author pours all of her soul into the book and the way it is written made me truly horrified of the intensity and methodical view killers put on the subject of murdering women. The book radiates the author's disgust at the events, thus making the book last long in the memory and the mind.

The constant twists and turns make "The Apprentice" and absolutely awesome read. Has to be read to be understood. A gem.
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Another splendid read. And I know I am sooooo late coming to the Gerritsen party (like 13 years) but I'm going to go through this series in order so I'll take some years to play catch-up. I suppose it's just as well I don't subscribe to my TV service and can't get the television series as it would no doubt throw up heaps of spoilers.
Once again Rizzoli is the heroine of the story and though we encounter Isles again we really don't see much of her at all as things stand. I liked Korsak a great deal though I was less sure about the new FBI chap Dean.....he's a little too slick for my liking.
It leaves you at the end with a cliffhanger which was cleverly done. I had wondered where things would be left as I was very aware I had almost finished it. Can't wait to get to the next one. Once again there were some very funny little remarks in it. I liked her nice little acknowledgement at the beginning about 9/11 as well.
This perhaps needs a formatting investigation as it was either in a tiny font or huge-no stages in-between on whichever device I was reading it on. I had to look up a lot of the medical words used and one of them-periapical-even the on-board dictionary was baffled about but luckily I located it on Google. I've also never heard the term "lamb in the chute". Here we use "lamb to the slaughter".
A series I'd recommend for sure, though.
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