Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen
Recently a customer brought in about 10 Tess Gerritsen books for us. Gerritsen (whose real first name is Terry) is a best-selling author of romantic thrillers, medical thrillers and crime thrillers. Before she began her career as a writer, she got her medical degree in 1979 and worked as a doctor in Hawaii. During this time, she enjoyed reading romance novels and decided to write one of her own. While her first two “practice novels” went unpublished, the third time was the charm. Call After Midnight was published in 1987 and Gerritsen wrote eight more romantic thrillers after that.
After that, Gerritsen decided to make a change. In 1996, she published her first medical thriller novel, Harvest, about kidnapped children being shipped abroad as organ donors. After this she published several other medical thrillers before writing her first crime thriller, The Surgeon, in 2001. Although Jane Rizzoli was only a secondary character in The Surgeon, the character has been a central focus of a series of nine books along with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. These characters formed the basis of the Rizzoli & Isles television series with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander portraying the main characters respectively.
Although most recent publications have been in the Rizzoli/Isles series, Gerritsen wrote a stand-alone historical thriller, The Bone Garden in 2007. The Bone Garden, a tale of gruesome murders, takes place primarily in 1830s Boston and includes a character based upon Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes.
We look forward to The Silent Girl coming out later this month and more Tess Gerritsen books in the future. Have you read any of her books? Have you seen the TV show? Please share your thoughts!