Tess Gerritsen

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Tess Gerritsen

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January 2009

About this author

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Suppo

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Average rating: 4.04 · 399,429 ratings · 21,218 reviews · 82 distinct works · Similar authors
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Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles, #5)
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Ice Cold (Rizzoli & Isles, #8)
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The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli ...
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The Keepsake (Rizzoli & Isl...
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The Silent Girl (Rizzoli & ...
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The Bone Garden
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More books by Tess Gerritsen…
The Surgeon The Apprentice The Sinner Body Double Vanish The Mephisto Club The Keepsake
Rizzoli & Isles (11 books)
4.088149656254695 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 312,877 ratings

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Tavistock Family (2 books)
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Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
" Rizzoli & isles DIE AGAIN is a fast paced police procedural novel set in Boston and Botswana. When a famed taxidermist and big game hunter is found strung up like a deer in his garage, Jane Rizzoli and her partner Frost get the case. A second..." Read more of this review »
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“I know there’s evil in the world, and there always has been. But you don’t need to believe in Satan or demons to explain it. Human beings are perfectly capable of evil all by themselves.”
Tess Gerritsen, The Mephisto Club

“Only the forgotten are truly dead.”
Tess Gerritsen, The Sinner

“The heart makes its choices without weighing the consequences. It doesn't look ahead to the lonely nights that follow.”
Tess Gerritsen, Keeping The Dead


What genre of Tess Gerritsen's books do you read most often? Tess Gerritsen

Crime Thriller
  175 votes, 56.8%

Medical Thriller
  119 votes, 38.6%

Romantic Thriller
  14 votes, 4.5%


Topics Mentioning This Author

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The Next Best Boo...: books for the non-reader 29 509 Mar 17, 2009 07:02AM  
Mystery Lovers!: Favorite Medical Mysteries 66 182 Apr 13, 2009 06:40PM  
“An hour before her shift started, an hour before she was even supposed to be there, they rolled the first corpse through the door.”
Tess Gerritsen, Girl Missing

“I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid.”
Nadine Gordimer

128107 Ask Tess Gerritsen & Richard Montanari - Wednesday, March 5th! — 352 members — last activity Jun 14, 2014 09:43AM
Join us on Wednesday, March 5th for a special discussion with authors Tess Gerritsen & Richard Montanari. Tess and Richard will be discussing their ne ...more
153343 Ask Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen — 277 members — last activity Jan 24, 2015 11:25AM
Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen will be answering questions from readers in this special group on Friday, January 9th. They'll be discussing Lisa's up ...more

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Dustin Crazy little brown owl :-) I guess adding friends drops your "most followed" ranking because your new friends were following you. Oh well.

Kathy Thank you so much for the friend add, Tess. Your writing is simply riveting. I'm so looking forward to Ice Cold: A Novel, and I'm planning on attending your author visit in Bowling Green, KY in June.

Kristi Thanks for the friend add. Love your writing :)

Dustin Crazy little brown owl You're currently #31 most followed on Goodreads :-) Not too shabby!

message 3: by J

J thanks for the friend add, tess! i love your books and can't wait for more! <3

message 2: by Beth

Beth Hi Tess,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author!

Kendra /Books Complete Me Thanks for the add!

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