The Apprentice

The Apprentice

A Novel

Book - 2002 | 1st ed.
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The bestselling author ofThe Surgeonreturns--and so does that chilling novel's diabolical villain. Though held behind bars, Warren Hoyt still haunts a helpless city, seeming to bequeath his evil legacy to a student all-too-diligent . . . and all-too-deadly. THE APPRENTICE 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. . . . Filled with superbly created characters--and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademark--The Apprenticeis Tess Gerritsen at her brilliant best. Set in a stunning world where evil is easy to learn and hard to end, this is a thriller by a master who could teach other authors a thing or two.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345447852
Branch Call Number: FIC GERRITSEN, T.
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jul 04, 2019

This book seemed overly familiar. I am not certain if I read it years ago or if it's because I have seen bits and pieces of it borrowed by television crime dramas. I would have enjoyed it more had this not been the case, but having said that I did like it. I will say that the dialogue between characters was not as well written as the setting/scene descriptions.

Having said that, I will definitely read more from this series.

SCL_BethZ Aug 21, 2018

Jane Rizzoli's character is less unlikable in this book than in The Surgeon - but she's still not the lovable detective from the tv show. Overall I found this book to be a disappointment - the mystery wasn't "edge of your seat" thrilling and the characters weren't overly appealing. It also lacked the "awesome ladies being awesome" feel of the Rizzoli and Isles tv show.

Aug 18, 2018

Didn't like the gruesomness of the story, well written.

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.

Jun 09, 2017

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

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

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.

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!

Aug 10, 2011

G&M recommended The Silent Girl - this is an earlier one in the series. , 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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