Book Review

by Tess Gerritsen

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2006 P.I./Procedural Novel Nominee

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Make sure the doors are locked and the lights are on, because the fear quotient in The Mephisto Club is enormous. Gerritsen always delivers intense thrillers, but she outdoes herself with this desperate hunt for a diabolical killer.

Using ancient mythology and historical text as back-story, Gerritsen propels her heroines, Rizzoli and Isles, into a horrific case that's rife with demonic symbolism.

The tight pacing and ferocious intensity make this one of the year's best and most memorable thrillers!

This Christmas Eve crime scene is one of the worst that Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles have ever seen. The female victim has been dismembered, and strange symbols are found. Also puzzling is a phone call made from the crime scene to Jane's professional rival, psychologist Joyce O'Donnell.

As the investigation proceeds, Jane and Maura learn about a secret society called The Mephisto Club, headed by the rich and well-connected Anthony Sansone.

Is the club the target of the killings, or do they emanate from it? That's the question Jane and Maura must answer, hopefully in time to prevent even more deaths.

(BALLANTINE, Sep., 368 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: September 2006

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The Mephisto Club

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 30, 2011 - 9:54pm.

On Christmas morning, a young woman is murdered and dismembered.  Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli quickly link the murder to Psyhicatrist Joyce O'Donnell, a member of the Mephisto Club...a club that devotes itself to the analysis of evil.  But when another murder occurs on the doorstep of the club, the members begin to suspect that they are the real target.

This is a dark psychological mystery which touches on satanic possession, secret societies and celibacy in the church.  The plot seemed a little slow in the middle of the book.  I just wanted to get through all of the mythology and historical data and learn who the murderer was.  Definitely not a favorite in the series.  My rating:  3.5 Stars.