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VANISH
by Tess Gerritsen

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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Complex layers and divided loyalties make this who-can-you-trust tale nightmare deliciously chilling.

Medical examiner Maura Isles thinks she's seen just about everything—until a corpse opens its eyes in front of her.

The anonymous young woman is rushed from the morgue to the hospital, where—as fate and plot devices would have it—homicide detective Jane Rizzoli is just about to give birth to her first child.

As Maura checks on the mystery woman, she discovers her non-corpse struggling with a security guard. During the scuffle, the guard is killed and Maura is briefly taken hostage. In the end, the young woman takes six hostages, including Jane, who is in labor.

Now, to save his wife and child, (and her best friend) a certain hunky FBI agent will need all his negotiation and investigative skills. Washington is claiming the woman is part of a Chechen terrorist organization, but our agent has his doubts—especially when the dead "guard" turns out to be a hit man. And now, as if being taken hostage by your undead corpse and trying to give birth, are not traumatic enough on their own, Jane and Maura are forced to fight for their very lives.

(Aug., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: August 2005

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Vanish - Tess Gerritsen

Submitted by Robin in PA on September 26, 2010 - 2:55pm.

Medical Examiner Maura Isles is shocked to find that one of the bodies in the morgue cooler isn't quite dead. The unidentified woman is rushed to the hospital to later regain consciousness and kill a security guard with his own gun. She holds six hostages in the hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department, including a very pregnant Detective Jane Rizzoli who has just gone into labor. Soon Maura has joined forces with Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the killer's identity.

The 5th book in the popular Rizzoli & Isles series is a fast-paced read. This book is well-written and well-plotted, touching on white slavery, murders and government conspiracies. I highly recommend this book. My rating: 5 Stars.