The Apprentice

The Apprentice

A Novel

eBook - 2002
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It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city's streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that's what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her--literally and figuratively--she is determined to finally end Hoyt's awful influence ... even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad. But Rizzoli isn't counting on the U.S. government's sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn't counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345459480
0345459482
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 25 cm

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rb3221
Jul 31, 2017

Another gripping well written thriller with Rizolli in the middle of all the action. We see her as the usual tough cop but also see a warmer side to her with her relationship with Dean.
Gerritsen's medical background gives the novel a very realistic authenticity. A great ending but perhaps a bit too rushed. Well told yet a bit too similar to The Surgeon and not as good. Onto the next novel, The Thriller.

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Penisteeth182
Jun 09, 2017

One of the best books I've read. Couldn't put it down

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Shelley51
Dec 27, 2015

Enjoyed this book. Really kept my attention!

hania4987 Nov 17, 2013

the story continues from "The Surgeon" ... not the same level of suspense as the original book and seemed a little incomplete with an abrupt ending

for me, Jane still does not feel like the main character and Dr. Isles is introduced and only plays a minor role in this story.

looking forward to see how these characters are developed

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Abby0429
Apr 24, 2012

I enjoyed Gerritsen's previous novel, The Surgeon, but it wasn't at all as heart racing or addicting as The Apprentice. Once I had gotten a good thirty or fourty pages in I couldn't put it down. The reason I liked The Surgeon was because it made you think, but the Apprentice does all of that and more. Very well written, and planned out. Sometimes I feel like when reading a mystery that at the end when you discover the perp there wasn't enough information for you to have even guessed who it was, and I find that irritating and gives the writter a lazy-like personna for not giving you a solvable mystery book, but Gerritsen; thankfully; doesn't do that. I did feel that when ever there was a corpse in sight Gerritsen seemed to give the same description of the bloated belly and portruding veins, it seemed kind of repetitive and I found myself skipping a few sentences whenever I saw the word bloated. Good book though.
Recommended.

jessica_wirth Sep 19, 2011

This was very enjoyable. The Rizzolli character was more relateable and less whiney. Glad I stuck with the series. On to #3!

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ravensview
Aug 10, 2011

G&M recommended The Silent Girl - this is an earlier one in the series.
...wow , read this yesterday, stayed up late to finish. Well written mystery, serial killer, good dialogue, good medical and police info. Different POV's used, including that of the main killer - via his thoughts and letters he had written. Good twist at the end.
Will read the first in the series - the Surgeon.
And download the first in the TV series - Rizzolo and Isles, based on this.

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