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
This was about sex trafficking and was hard to read. - Goodreads
Neat premise, well written. - Goodreads
disturbing portrayal of sex slave industry in america - Goodreads
Engrossing page turner! - Goodreads
Fast paced action with a surprise ending as usual! - Goodreads

Review: Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles #5)

User Review  - Tuyet Bui - Goodreads

It was a little bit confusing in the beginning, but the second half of the book was so good. I love it. Read full review

Review: Vanish (Rizzoli & Isles #5)

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the best of the series, so far! 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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