A Novel

Paperback - 2006
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A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double .

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.

Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages . . . one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.

Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer's identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.

Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it-if she survives the night.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2006, c2005.
Edition: Mass market edition
ISBN: 9780345476982
Characteristics: 401 pages ;,18 cm.


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rb3221 Aug 15, 2017

The novel begins with "My name is Mila and this is my journey" and after 336 pages we learn who Mila is along with her gruesome story of human trafficking. A dead woman comes to life and takes Rizolli hostage just before she is about to give birth. This is a fast paced compelling story, hard to put down and also sometimes hard to read yet very worthwhile.

Oct 29, 2015

Whether it's the gruesome details of being a medical examiner (and, in this case, unzipping a body bag to find a female body still alive) or the frightening reality of the international sex trade and how vast it is even in the USA, Gerritsen weaves her magic storytelling once again.

eord72918 Jul 06, 2012

This Rizzoli and Isles book is about when Jane is having her baby, but gets held hostage.

Feb 10, 2011

This reminded me of the theme in the film Eastern Promises. An excellent companion read.

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