Vanish: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
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A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double.

A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes.

Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages . . . one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli.

Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane’s husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer’s identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis.

Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it–if she survives the night.

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Respectable writing and powerful plot. - Goodreads
disturbing portrayal of sex slave industry in america - Goodreads
Neat premise, well written. - Goodreads
But again I felt like the ending was too rushed. - Goodreads
Engrossing page turner! - Goodreads
Just finding these books so easy to read at the moment. - Goodreads

Review: Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles #5)

User Review  - David Monroe - Goodreads

This was a great book and dear to my heart as it dealt with human trafficking. Nice that Tess allows her readers to see the heartache and pain that comes from this situation. 50,000 girls are in this country right now being victimized and abused - I wish we could do more! Read full review

Review: Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles #5)

User Review  - Ellen - Goodreads

Suspenseful, typical of series. Made me wonder why Jane lost her baby in the TV series Read full review

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About the author (2005)

TESS GERRITSEN left a successful practice as an internist to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. She gained nationwide acclaim for her first novel of medical suspense, the New York Times bestseller Harvest. She is also the author of the bestsellers Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity, as well as The Surgeon, The Apprentice, The Sinner, and Body Double. Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine. Visit her website at

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