Tess Gerritsen

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Tess Gerritsen

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Date of birth: 12 June 1953

Tess Gerritsen, M.D. is a Chinese-American novelist and retired physician. Her first name is actually Terry--she decided to feminize it when she was writing romance novels. Gerritsen is the child of a Chinese immigrant and a Chinese-American seafood chef.

While growing up in San Diego, California, Gerritsen often dreamt of writing her own Nancy Drew novels. Although she longed to be a writer, her family was concerned about the sustainability of a writing career, prompting Gerritsen to choose a career in medicine. In 1975, Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in anthropology, then studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her medical degree in 1979 and started work as a physician in Honolulu, Hawai'i. While on maternity leave, she submitted a short story to a statewide fiction contest in the magazine Honolulu. Her story, 'On Choosing the Right Crack Seed,' won her first prize and $500. The story focused on a young male reflecting on a difficult relationship with his mother, which Gerritsen claimed allowed her to deal with her own childhood turmoil, including the repeated suicide attempts of her mother.

Inspired by the romance novels she enjoyed reading while working as a doctor, Gerritsen's first novels were romantic thrillers. After two unpublished practice novels, Call After Midnight was bought by publisher Harlequin Intrigue in 1986 and published a year later. In 1996, Gerritsen published her first medical thriller novel, Harvest. Having already decided to pursue the medical thriller genre, the plot was inspired by a conversation with a retired homicide detective who had recently been travelling in Russia. He told her that young orphans were vanishing from the streets of Moscow, and police believed the children were being shipped out as organ donors. Following Harvest, Gerritsen wrote three subsequent bestselling medical thrillers, Life Support, Bloodstream and Gravity.

In 2001, Gerritsen's first crime thriller, The Surgeon, was released. It introduced the character of homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. Although Rizzoli was only a secondary character in The Surgeon, the character has been a central focus of a series of nine novels pairing her with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The books inspired the Rizzoli and Isles television series. Although Gerritsen's most recent publications have been in the Rizzoli/Isles series, Gerritsen wrote one stand alone historical thriller, The Bone Garden, in 2007.

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Under the Knife: Murder in a Honolulu Hospital

Under the Knife: Murder in a Honolulu Hospital

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Under the Knife: Murder in a Honolulu Hospital

Under the Knife: Murder in a Honolulu Hospital (Hardback)

by Tess Gerritsen

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Published: 29/05/2014
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Vanish: Rizzoli & Isles Series 5 - Rizzoli & Isles 5

Vanish: Rizzoli & Isles Series 5 - Rizzoli & Isles 5 (Paperback)

by Tess Gerritsen

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 01/01/2010
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)

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The beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. But when medical examiner Maura Isles looks down at the body, she gets the... Read more

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The Surgeon: Rizzoli & Isles Series 1 - Rizzoli & Isles 1

The Surgeon: Rizzoli & Isles Series 1 - Rizzoli & Isles 1 (Paperback)

by Tess Gerritsen

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 01/01/2010
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In Boston, there's a killer on the loose. A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic... Read more

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The Apprentice: Rizzoli & Isles Series 2 - Rizzoli & Isles 2

The Apprentice: Rizzoli & Isles Series 2 - Rizzoli & Isles 2 (Paperback)

by Tess Gerritsen

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 01/01/2010
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The Surgeon has been locked up for a year but his chilling legacy still haunts the city, and especially Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. But... Read more

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Body Double: Rizzoli & Isles Series 4 - Rizzoli & Isles 4

Body Double: Rizzoli & Isles Series 4 - Rizzoli & Isles 4 (Paperback)

by Tess Gerritsen

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 01/01/2010
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Maura Isles deals with death. As a pathologist in downtown Boston, she has seen more than her share of corpses. But never before has the body on the... Read more

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Life Support

Life Support (Paperback)

by Tess Gerritsen

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 01/01/2010
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Control was the word Dr Toby Harper lived by. She strove to keep her life in order, her ER in order. But no one could have been prepared for the man... Read more

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Gravity

Gravity (Paperback)

by Tess Gerritsen

Format: Paperback 512 pages
Published: 22/12/2011
Publisher: Harper

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Top Ten bestselling author Tess Gerritsen delivers a thoroughly menacing new thriller. A brilliantly compulsive page-turner from the author of The... Read more

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