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A successful continuation to the Rizzoli and Isles series

  • Dec 26, 2010
Despite the fact that ICE COLD is the 8th entry in the now mature Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series, Gerritsen has continued to keep her plotting fresh and exciting and allows her two protagonists to continue changing and evolving, presenting themselves as interesting, exciting and realistic, human characters that their fans will care about.

Medical examiner Maura Isles is unhappy. She has self-diagnosed her personality and her love life as staid, hidebound and unexciting, perhaps even futile. Seeing herself as falling into the moribund trap of utter predictability, she attends a medical conference in Wyoming and allows a friend to persuade her to take an impulsive, unscheduled side trip into the winter wilderness of the Wyoming mountain landscape. A massive winter snowstorm forces her and her companions to seek shelter in a creepy, deserted town called Kingdom Come.

Ironically, Maura Isles' feelings about her day to day behaviour being quite predictable, prove reasonably well-founded as her best friend, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, is worried when Isles fails to return home at her scheduled time. Casual inquiries into her friend's unlikely late arrival home soon turn into a full-fledged investigation into her best friend's death when she learns that Isles' badly burnt remains have been discovered by the ruins of their car deep in the Wyoming wilderness.

Gerritsen moves her story from interesting procedural into the realm of a compelling thriller as it soon becomes obvious that Rizzoli is prying open the doors of a cult and looking into the behaviour of its enigmatic but charismatic leader, Jeremiah Goode. ICE COLD is a topical thriller that sheds light onto the all too common real-life examples of cult brainwashing, religious programming, far right wing anti-government militarism, mass suicide and the courage it takes to effect an escape from such a group and undergo the extensive de-programming that is necessary to resume a normal life.

ICE COLD represents one more successful notch in Tess Gerritsen's gun and a continuation in a series that, quite clearly, still has plenty of legs. Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss

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December 26, 2010
I'm definitely getting this book! I'm loving the Rizzoli & Isles books so far and ofcourse the tv series rocks!!!
December 26, 2010
I'm with you on this one, Paul. Well done!
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review by . October 30, 2010
Maura Isles, Boston medical examiner, attends a conference in Wyoming. While there, she meets an old friend from medical school and agrees to join his companions for a brief ski trip.      In the heavy snow, they make a wrong turn and become stranded on a deserted road. Seeking shelter, they trudge through the snow to a group of homes but find them empty and appear as if they have been recently deserted.      One of Maura's companions becomes seriously …
review by . July 19, 2010
Miserable in her going-nowhere love affair with Catholic priest Daniel Brophy, Boston pathologist Maura Isles gives in to an adventurous impulse, which she regrets even before it all goes very bad.    This latest in Gerritsen's Rizzoli (Jane Rizzoli, Boston detective) and Isles series opens with a prologue in which cult leader Jeremiah Goode takes an unwilling nubile girl as his latest bride. So when Maura finds herself stranded in an eerie deserted village in Wyoming where each …
Quick Tip by . December 26, 2010
A topical snowbound medical thriller that sheds light onto the all too common real-life examples of cult brainwashing, religious programming, far right wing anti-government militarism, mass suicide and the courage it takes to effect an escape from such a group and undergo the extensive de-programming that is necessary to resume a normal life. A fast-paced, easy reading enjoyable thriller.
review by . August 08, 2010
For me, reading anything by this author is always a bit of a hit/miss situation. Although, in most cases, the author is great at creating plotlines that have kept me engaged and, more importantly, guessing until the end, the reality is that, in my opinion, at times, the writing can get a little "Harlequin". Having said that, I actually do enjoy alot of books that are published by Harlequin, but NOT thrillers. For me, thrillers should be gritty and tough, for the most part and it is obvious that …
review by . October 06, 2010
I always enjoy this series and these characters, and Ice Cold is no exception. Medical examiner Maura Isles takes a much needed breather from her relationship with Daniel Brophy, who is struggling over the choice to remain a priest or commit to Maura. She's off to Wyoming for a conference, and whom should she meet but a friend from med school. Maura decides to accompany him on an impulsive cross country ski trip, but things go terribly wrong, and she's soon fighting for her life against …
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Unpredictable twists help propel Gerritsen's winning eighth novel featuring Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (after The Keepsake). While in Wyoming late one fall for a pathologists' conference, Maura agrees to join an old college acquaintance, his 13-year-old daughter, and two friends of his on a last-minute ski trip. When an accident stalls their SUV on a remote mountain road, the fivesome take refuge in an abandoned village, Kingdom Come, the home of a religious sect led by a charismatic prophet, Jeremiah Goode. But what drove the residents from their 12 identical houses, leaving food on the table and pets behind? When the local police find what they believe to be Maura's charred body and those of her four companions, Jane; her FBI agent husband, Gabriel Dean; and Fr. Daniel Brophy travel to Wyoming to conduct their own investigation. Gerritsen supplies plenty of depth in both plot and characters. TNT launches a new TV series based on this series in July.
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ISBN-10: 034551548X
ISBN-13: 978-0345515483
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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