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Tess Gerritsen

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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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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 body o" 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


Voting for August 2020 Group Read - a dead (human) body on cover.

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The Next Best Boo...: books for the non-reader 26 605 Mar 17, 2009 07:02AM  
Mystery Lovers!: Favorite Medical Mysteries 65 196 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.”
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128107 Ask Tess Gerritsen & Richard Montanari - Wednesday, March 5th! — 321 members — last activity Jun 14, 2014 09:43AM
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153343 Ask Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen — 278 members — last activity Mar 12, 2017 12:34PM
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 ...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!

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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 Thanks for the add!

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