- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1 edition (9 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-0345497628
- ASIN: 0345497627
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tess Gerritsen has forged some of the most visceral thrillers of the modern era in such books as The Surgeon, as kinetically involving as one could wish for, with a welcome reluctance to pull punches for her readers (the very thing, in fact, that her legion of admirers praise her for). Her heroines, detective Jane Rizzoli and medico Maura Isles, are distinctive figures, with a host of striking traits (the new book, Keeping The Dead, deliberately sidelines these traits for a narrative that fairly barrels along; something that won’t necessarily give regular admirers of Gerritsen pause, but which perhaps means that the book is not the best place for new readers to start).
At Pilgrim Hospital, reporters and doctors are gathered for a highly unusual event. A dead woman is placed under an X-ray, with Maura Isles looking on with interest. However, the twist is that the subject has been dead for many years – it is not someone recently dead, but a centuries-old mummy. To the surprise of everyone present, the x-ray reveals that a bullet is lodged in the body, and Maura contacts her colleague, Detective Jane Rizzoli. What began as a historical investigation has, it seems, become a case of homicide. Soon, unpleasant revelations are found hidden behind a wall in a museum owned by a venerable family. Before long the two women realise that they are dealing with a killer of ruthless intelligence who is toying with them. As usual with Gerritsen the tension in Keeping the Dead is generated with skill, though there is less of the inexorable build-up than we are used to. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A seamless blend of good writing and pulse-racing tension" (INDEPENDENT)
"Tess is at the classiest end of crime writing. On reading her you know that you are in the hands of a master" (Boyd Hilton SIMON MAYO PROGRAMME, BBC Radio 5 Live)
"Spectacularly gory and utterly gripping in equal measure" (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
"A seamless blend of good writing and pulse-racing tension." (INDEPENDENT)
"Tess is at the classiest end of crime writing. On reading her you know that you are in the hands of a master." (Boyd Hilton, The Simon Mayo Programme, BBC Radio 5 Live.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The ending twist is unexpected but I would of preferred to read the detectives view of success not the victims.
Good subject explored Egypt history is fascinating,expanded my understanding.
And the same can be said for the family life of Jane Rizoli. Theres basically no progression on the basis that her husband Gabriel and new born daughter; Regina are barely mentioned. And this is a shame as this has been a series that has always been enjoyable due to the fact that the characters were once believable. The two leading ladies as it were had their private lives and we were privvy to that. And for that to be taken away from us seems to make the story suffer quite substantially.
The only character that seems to progress at all is Rizoli's partner Barry Frost whos been pretty one dimensional up until this book, and finally has a bit of a back story, as half hearted as the attempt was.
But does all this really matter? well to me, yes. But if you enjoy the fact that the thrills and chills are still there, theres some truly fascinating information thrown in on egyptology but to be fair the medical side that Isles bought to the table is missing and also the gruesome nature seen in some of her previous books; The Surgeon.Read more ›
As for this particular story, it eventually reminds me a little of the previous Rizzoli/Isles outing THE MEPHISTO CLUB, in that the writer thought of an exotic interest around which to wrap a murder mystery, and come the conclusion the reader wonders why the esoteric backgrounds needed to be there at all. In this case the background is the Egyptian art of body preservation or mummification.Read more ›
As for this particular story, it eventually reminds me a little of the previous Rizzoli/Isles outing THE MEPHISTO CLUB, in that the writer thought of an exotic interest around which to wrap a murder mystery, and come the conclusion the reader wonders why the esoteric backgrounds needed to be there at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have museums and mummys and Rizzoli and Isles at their best. One of the most difficult to find who the killer was and why they were doing it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ana Lu
Another page turner from Tess Gerritsen. I love to follow these characters and look forward to the next book. The tension always builds and keeps the reader interested.Published 3 months ago by MRS J LEE
I love watching Rizzoli and Isles on TV, it’s one of my favourites.
So I decided I’d buy some Tess Gerritsen novels to see if they were just as good and I wasn’t... Read more