Book Review: DIE AGAIN by Tess Gerritsen

Die Again

When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?

Maura fears that this isn’t the killer’s first slaughter, and that it won’t be the last. After linking the crime to a series of unsolved homicides in wilderness areas across the country, she wonders if the answers might actually be found in a remote corner of Africa.

Six years earlier, a group of tourists on safari fell prey to a killer in their midst. Marooned deep in the bush of Botswana, with no means of communication and nothing but a rifle-toting guide for protection, the terrified tourists desperately hoped for rescue before their worst instincts—or the wild animals prowling in the shadows—could tear them apart. But the deadliest predator was already among them, and within a week, he walked away with the blood of all but one of them on his hands.

Now this killer has chosen Boston as his new hunting ground, and Rizzoli and Isles must find a way to lure him out of the shadows and into a cage. Even if it means dangling the bait no hunter can resist: the one victim who got away.

Published: December 30, 2014

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My Review:

I’ve been a fan of Tess Gerritsen’s writing for a long time, well before the popular Rizzoli & Isles TV show based on this series. But now I also watch the show, and at first had a bit of trouble untangling the two. There are slight differences in the characters and their relationships, where the TV show took a different route. This is no reflection on Gerritsen’s writing at all, just an observation. Reading a book series and also watching the related TV series can create a bit of disorientation, so be prepared to put the show out of your mind as much as possible.

This is the way modern men do battle, not with spear and sword, but with credit cards. My platinum beats your gold.

One of the many things I love about Gerritsen’s writing is the way she immerses her stories within an vast amount of research and social statements, while never once weighing us down with facts or preaching from a pedestal. With Die Again, she tackles Africa, a wild land where the big cats are both revered and exploited. We travel there, not like everyday tourists, but straight into the bush where predators, both human and animal, rule.

A shiver rippled across Maura’s skin, like the chill breath of a predator.

True to Gerritsen’s style, this story is multi-layered. Beyond her ability to immerse us in a new place, she gives us characters with depth and a plot with twists we don’t see coming.

I listen to him breathe in and out, so relaxed, so steady. The sound of him not caring.

This book is absolutely one of Gerritsen’s best. I think it works well as a stand-alone for those of you who haven’t read the previous books in this series.


Thanks for reading. 🙂