Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles-the inspiration for the hit TNT series-continue their bestselling crime-solving streak. 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. 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.
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by Tess Gerritsen
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"Pacing a little on the slow side and dubious vocal characterization of a central character are the only liabilities of an otherwise engaging performance of Gerritsen's latest thriller by Susan Denaker. Her voice for Medical Examiner Maura Isles is feminine and strong, demonstrating that these facets need not be diametrically opposed. Her voice for Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli, however, is just strong and is performed with Boston accent that is too broad. Fair or unfair, this characterization makes her sound brusque and unattractive, causing listeners to question her dashing husband's romantic devotion. Otherwise, Denaker capably voices the many other characters populating this involving story of forced prostitution, murder, and governmental cover-up. J.P.M. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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