Dark emotions and dangerous secrets permeate this unusually chilling novel. This is the seventh novel featuring detective Jane Rizolli, but both Jane and Maura are powerful and complex women working hard to achieve success. Another gut-wrenching tale from Gerritsen, a true master of the genre!

What would drive a killer to viciously bludgeon to death a young novice nun and attempt to murder another? After Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles join the case, it takes a stranger turn when they learn the nun, Sister Camille, gave birth shortly before her death. Since no one at the cloistered convent even knew she was pregnant, they're stumped about the identity of the father and the whereabouts of the baby.

Soon a second, seemingly unrelated killing of another woman triggers Jane's and Maura's interest. As Maura struggles to identify the woman, she learns the anonymous woman suffered from severe leprosy. Jane, meanwhile, works on finding a connection between the victim and the severely injured second nun.

Despite emotional upheaval in their own lives, Jane and Maura attack these cases with single minded determination to get this killer put away so the streets of Boston may be safe once more!

(Aug., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith