Publication Date: 2002
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge #26, TBR 2009 Challenge Alternate #8
This is the second book in a mystery series featuring Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. It picks up a year after and continues storylines started in The Surgeon, so I think reading this without having read the first in the series might be confusing.
A brutal serial killer is on the loose in Boston. Certain aspects of the crimes are quite similar to those committed by The Surgeon. Since he’s in prison, is this a copycat who has added his own awful twists to the crimes or is it someone who has been mentored by or is a mentor to that twisted killer? Detective Rizzoli is determined to solve the crimes and not let her recovery from The Surgeon’s torture and her possible obsession with him get in the way of her investigative skills.
Although Dr. Maura Isles is also a continuing character in this series, she’s pretty much a bit player in this book. Detective Rizzoli is the primary on the case and the primary character in the book. The murders are brutal and not for squeamish readers. Neither are the autopsy descriptions you’d expect in a book featuring a medical examiner.
I thought the story moved along well. There are plenty of twists and turns with enough hints to make the reader wonder who Jane should and shouldn’t trust. This is the kind of murder mystery/ police investigation type of series that I enjoy a lot.
I’ve tried to make a concerted effort this year to continue with series I’ve started and I’m looking forward to reading the next in this one.