This is another series I’m reading with a group on Goodreads. We’re a bit further along but I thought I’d start from the beginning. This book series was developed into the television series Rizzoli & Isles that aired on TNT starring Angie Harmon & Sasha Alexander. The books are much grittier than the television show, however. And, the book series wasn’t originally planned to be focused on Jane Rizzoli. The author made that decision after this first book.
Detective Thomas Moore recognizes a pattern when a young woman is found gruesomely murdered in her home. The details of the crime are identical to that of another young woman he investigated a year ago. Even more troubling is the link to another assault over two years ago. However, the victim, Dr. Catherine Cordell, not only survived the attack but killed the man responsible. Are they dealing with a copycat or something else.
Those looking to see Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles featured at the forefront will need to wait until the next book. The author decided to explore the Rizzoli character after this story and Isles doesn’t make an appearance here.
This was a graphic story so be prepared for that, not only the murders but the ER trauma procedures. Despite that, it’s a well written police procedural and mystery along with the medical. The characters are well defined, flaws and all. Moral and ethical issues abound and are dealt with honestly, not always delivering clear cut resolutions. I really liked the bends and twists, fast paced with a climactic ending. It also has a perfect set up for the next book. I disliked Jane Rizzoli in this story, a lot, but she is someone I want to learn more about and maybe will redeem herself.
- Release Date: October 2, 2001
- Series: Rizzoli & Isles #1
- Page Numbers: 368