The Apprentice (Rizzoli and Isles Series #2)

The Apprentice (Rizzoli and Isles Series #2)

by Tess Gerritsen

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Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles—the inspiration for the hit TNT series—continue their crime-solving streak. 

The bestselling author of The Surgeon returns—and so does that chilling novel’s diabolical villain. Though held behind bars, Warren Hoyt still haunts a helpless city, seeming to bequeath his evil legacy to a student all-too-diligent . . . and all-too-deadly.

It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city’s woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death.

The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city’s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that’s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her—literally and figuratively—she is determined to finally end Hoyt’s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad.

But Rizzoli isn’t counting on the U.S. government’s sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn’t counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta. . . .

Filled with superbly created characters—and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademark—The Apprentice is Tess Gerritsen at her brilliant best. Set in a stunning world where evil is easy to learn and hard to end, this is a thriller by a master who could teach other authors a thing or two.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587243226
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 11/06/2002
Series: Rizzoli and Isles Series , #2
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen earned international acclaim for her first novel of suspense, Harvest. She introduced Detective Jane Rizzoli in The Surgeon (2001) and Dr. Maura Isles in The Apprentice (2002) and has gone on to write numerous other titles in the celebrated Rizzoli & Isles series, most recently The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, Ice Cold, The Silent Girl, Last to Die, and Die Again. Her latest novel is the standalone thriller Playing with Fire. A physician, Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

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Already the flies were swarming. Four hours on the hot pavement of South Boston had baked the pulverized flesh, releasing the chemical equivalent of a dinner bell, and the air was alive with buzzing flies. Though what remained of the torso was now covered with a sheet, there was still much exposed tissue for scavengers to feast on. Bits of gray matter and other unidentifiable parts were dispersed in a radius of thirty feet along the street. A skull fragment had landed in a second-story flower box, and clumps of tissue adhered to parked cars. 

Detective Jane Rizzoli had always possessed a strong stomach,but even she had to pause, eyes closed, fists clenched, angry at herself for this moment of weakness. Don't lose it. Don't lose it. She was the only female detective in the Boston P.D. homicide unit, and she knew that the pitiless spotlight was always trained on her. Every mistake, every triumph, would be noted by all. Her partner, Barry Frost, had already tossed up his breakfast in humiliatingly public view, and he was now sitting with his head on his knees in their air-conditioned vehicle, waiting for his stomach to settle. She could not afford to fall victim to nausea. She was the most visible law enforcement officer on the scene, and from the other side of the police tape the public stood watching, registering every move she made, every detail of her appearance. She knew she looked younger than her age of thirty-four, and she was self-conscious about maintaining an air of authority. What she lacked in height she compensated for with her direct gaze, her squared shoulders. She had learned the art of dominating a scene, if only through sheer intensity.
But this heat was sapping her resolve. She had started off dressed in her usual blazer and slacks and with her hair neatly combed. Now the blazer was off, her blouse was wrinkled, and the humidity had frizzed her dark hair into unruly coils. She felt assaulted on all fronts by the smells, the flies, and the piercing sunlight. There was too much to focus on all at once. And all those eyes were watching her.

Loud voices drew her attention. A man in a dress shirt and tie was trying to argue his way past a patrolman.

"Look, I gotta get to a sales conference, okay? I'm an hour late as it is. But you've got your goddamn police tape wrapped around my car, and now you're saying I can't drive it? It's my own friggin' car!"

"It's a crime scene, sir."

"It's an accident!"

"We haven't determined that yet."

"Does it take you guys all day to figure it out? Why don't you listen to us? The whole neighborhood heard it happen!"

Rizzoli approached the man, whose face was glazed with sweat. It was eleven-thirty and the sun, near its zenith, shone down like a glaring eye.

"What, exactly, did you hear, sir?" she asked.

He snorted. "Same thing everyone else did."

"A loud bang."

"Yeah. Around seven-thirty. I was just getting outta the shower. Looked out my window, and there he was, lying on the sidewalk. You can see it's a bad corner. Asshole drivers come flying around it like bats outta hell. Must've been a truck hit him."

"Did you see a truck?"


"Hear a truck?"


"And you didn't see a car, either?"

"Car, truck." He shrugged. "It's still a hit-and-run."

It was the same story, repeated half a dozen times by the man's neighbors. Sometime between seven-fifteen and seven-thirty A.M., there'd been a loud bang in the street. No one actually saw the event. They had simply heard the noise and found the man's body. Rizzoli had already considered, and rejected, the possibility that he was a jumper. This was a neighborhood of two-story buildings, nothing tall enough to explain such catastrophic damage to a jumper's body. Nor did she see any evidence of an explosion as the cause of this much anatomical disintegration.

"Hey, can I get my car out now?" the man said. "It's that green Ford."

"That one with the brains splattered on the trunk?"


"What do you think?" she snapped, and walked away to join the medical examiner, who was crouched in the middle of the road, studying the asphalt. "People on this street are jerks," said Rizzoli. "No one gives a damn about the victim. No one knows who he is, either."

Dr. Ashford Tierney didn't look up at her but just kept staring at the road. Beneath sparse strands of silver hair, his scalp glistened with sweat. Dr. Tierney seemed older and more weary than she had ever seen him. Now, as he tried to rise, he reached out in a silent request for assistance. She took his hand and she could feel, transmitted through that hand, the creak of tired bones and arthritic joints. He was an old southern gentleman, a native of Georgia, and he'd never warmed to Rizzoli's Boston bluntness, just as she had never warmed to his formality. The only thing they had in common was the human remains that passed across Dr. Tierney's autopsy table. But as she helped him to his feet, she was saddened by his frailty and reminded of her own grandfather, whose favorite grandchild she had been, perhaps because he'd recognized himself in her pride, her tenaciousness. She remembered helping him out of his easy chair, how his stroke-numbed hand had rested like a claw on her arm. Even men as fierce as Aldo Rizzoli are ground down by time to brittle bones and joints. She could see its effect in Dr. Tierney, who wobbled in the heat as he took out his handkerchief and dabbed the sweat from his forehead.

"This is one doozy of a case to close out my career," he said. "So tell me, are you coming to my retirement party, Detective?"

"Uh . . . what party?" said Rizzoli.

"The one you all are planning to surprise me with."

She sighed. Admitted, "Yeah, I'm coming."

"Ha. I always could get a straight answer from you. Is it next week?"

"Two weeks. And I didn't tell you, okay?"

"I'm glad you did." He looked down at the asphalt. "I don't much like surprises."

"So what do we have here, Doc? Hit-and-run?"

"This seems to be the point of impact."

Rizzoli looked down at the large splash of blood. Then she looked at the sheet-draped corpse, which was lying a good twelve feet away, on the sidewalk.

"You're saying he first hit the ground here, and then bounced way over there?" said Rizzoli.

"It would appear so."

"That's got to be a pretty big truck to cause this much splatter."

"Not a truck," was Tierney's enigmatic answer. He started walking along the road, eyes focused downward.

Rizzoli followed him, batting at swarms of flies. Tierney came to a stop about thirty feet away and pointed to a grayish clump on the curb.

"More brain matter," he noted.

"A truck didn't do this?" said Rizzoli.

"No. Or a car, either."

"What about the tire marks on the vic's shirt?"

Tierney straightened, his eyes scanning the street, the sidewalks, the buildings. "Do you notice something quite interesting about this scene, Detective?"

"Apart from the fact there's a dead guy over there who's missing his brain?"

"Look at the point of impact." Tierney gestured toward the spot in the road where he'd been crouching earlier. "See the dispersal pattern of body parts?"

"Yeah. He splattered in all directions. Point of impact is at the center."


"It's a busy street," said Rizzoli. "Vehicles do come around that corner too fast. Plus, the vic has tire marks on his shirt."

"Let's go look at those marks again."

As they walked back to the corpse, they were joined by Barry Frost, who had finally emerged from the car, looking wan and a little embarrassed.

"Man, oh man," he groaned.

"Are you okay?" she asked.

"You think maybe I picked up the stomach flu or something?"

"Or something." She'd always liked Frost, had always appreciated his sunny and uncomplaining nature, and she hated to see his pride laid so low. She gave him a pat on the shoulder, a motherly smile. Frost seemed to invite mothering, even from the decidedly unmaternal Rizzoli. "I'll just pack you a barf bag next time," she offered.

"You know," he said, trailing after her, "I really do think it's just the flu. . . ."

They reached the torso. Tierney grunted as he squatted down, his joints protesting the latest insult, and lifted the disposable sheet. Frost blanched and retreated a step. Rizzoli fought the impulse to do the same.

The torso had broken into two parts, separated at the level of the umbilicus. The top half, wearing a beige cotton shirt, stretched east to west. The bottom half, wearing blue jeans, lay north to south. The halves were connected by only a few strands of skin and muscle. The internal organs had spilled out and lay in a pulpified mass. The back half of the skull had shattered open, and the brain had been ejected.

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1DANA3 More than 1 year ago
A year after the surgeon was arrested, (last novel) and with many emotional and physical scars later Detective Rizzoli is called to another murder scene with chilling similarities to the Surgeon Case. After the investigation gets under way FBI agent Gabriel Dean shows up and is given all access to the investigation. Jane does not understand why he was called. Her puzzlement only increases as he seems to mysteriously know where to look for evidence and what kind of evidence to look for. The next strange thing: Warren Hoyt "the surgeon" escapes from prison and appears to be working with the Dominator. A lot of shocking twists ahead! Well worth your time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crime scene eerily familiar. The nightgown neatly folded on the chair in the bedroom. That was all Jane Rizzoli needed to be reminded of her ordeal with The Surgeon. Warren Hoyt was behind bars, but someone was carrying out his legacy. Although this time the victims are couples, the husband found with his neck slashed and the wife abducted and raped before her dead body is dumped days after,the murderer would leave the woman¿s nightgown in the room as a taunt to the authorities. Just as Hoyt had done. The trepidation heightens when Hoyt escapes from prison to unite with his blood brother and together, they carry out their murderous fantasies. The body count rises, but these murders were just a prelude to claiming the most desirable prize of all ¿ Jane Rizzoli. Author Gerritsen has done it again. She has successfully roused the heartbeat to thump faster and reducing the reader to bite one¿s nails. There is fear at every turn. The gore does not leave you disgusted, it makes you crave for more. She gives insight into the minds of the criminals. Her medical and forensics explanation is to the point and easy to comprehend. But Jane Rizzoli¿s ` I have to prove myself to these dicks¿¿ attitude is getting a little stale that one feels like grabbing her by the shoulders and yelling `¿ Get over it. Just be YOURSELF¿¿ There is a throw in of a romance potential for Rizzoli that will have readers crying out for more, so Gerritsen is certain of a loyal following. But there will be frowns etched on reader¿s faces as some would be dissatisfied with the abrupt volatile ending and the view that this book is just a rehash of THE SURGEON. Not much information is provided regarding the dominator, who appears for a brief second before he meets a bloodspray. Apart from the off-putting remarks, this book is a sure thing for those who want to be thrilled to their toes and ruin a perfect set of manicured nails. ¿Suhainah Wahiduddin ¿
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It has a suspenseful story line that will keep you reading for hours.
Penelope77 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Surgeon it was well written, suspenseful and kept me reading long after my eyes were tired. I can not say that for the sequel The Apprentice. The book is 282 pages but could easily have been reduced to 100 pages had the author left out all the redundant pondering of the main character Rizzoli. The majority of the story is focused on Rizzoli's "feelings". I also did not enjoy the historical reflections, by the killer, of how women have been brutalized over time. Really disappointed I had hoped to find a new series to enjoy.
MaijaMax More than 1 year ago
This is a follow-up to the first book in the series "The Surgeon." Though I completely enjoyed the continuation of the story, the name of the book is inappropriate as far as the content of the book is concerned. Throughout the book the villain is repeatedly referred to as "The Dominator", and is only in passing that he is called an Apprentice. I feel the book should have been titled "The Surgeon: Part 2" or "The Dominator". While I did enjoy reading the story, I was disappointed that in the last few pages of the book the story just came to a screeching just stopped with Warren Hoyt thinking about the neuropsychiatrist, Dr. O'Donnell. It didn't seem there was much closure for Detective Rizzoli in dealing with the case of The Dominator. Hopefully, the character of Gabriel Dean carries into future books. I guess I'll have to read the next book to find out if the story continues...I fell like I was left without answers.
FlamingoMN More than 1 year ago
In this novel we have our favorites, Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles back with us-some comfort there, as well as Agent Gabriel Dean, to partially renew the story of Warren Hoyt. But as horrible as Warren was, weren't we to feel safe in our beds at last that he was in prison? Now are we to lay awake at night with a whole new fear that somehow he has arisen in an apprentice, maybe even someone bolder or more frightening than he was- or is that even thinkable? You can only be brave enough to read....
avidreader58 More than 1 year ago
If you don't mind some violence and graphic details this is a very good read. The characters are everyday people that are easy to relate to and the story line is a bit different. You must like detective novels and who-dun-its to really enjoy this one. Hard to put down once you have started it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tess Gerritsen is one of my favorite authors and 'The Apprentice' combines the elements of a dark thriller with the sultry suspense she is known for. One of the best!
dpc More than 1 year ago
Didn't know the TV series were books also. This book gives a lot of early background on Rizzoli and Hoyt. Isles doesn't show up til close to the end, but it answers a lot of questions. I'm reading the second in the series now and it is even better.
ChooseyOne More than 1 year ago
Gerritsen's stories are nearly perfect, and I read this one cover-to-cover. Rizzoli has been through a lot and she's dedicated to the job, but she has her flaws and weaknesses. The author put her through the test this time and it worked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I thought the Surgeon was good but this was better. Tess Gerritsen is a great writer. I have read every book in the Rizzoli series and evey one of them keeps you going until the end. Could not put the book down. Can not wait until the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gerritsen is at it again. I have never been dissapointed by any of her books and this one is no exception. A great crime mystery with lots of twists and turns. Hard to put down. Well worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much darker than the tv series. Much better characterizations and story, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the series and it so good. If you ike the show Rizzoli and Isles you should read this series.
Samantha57 More than 1 year ago
The Apprentice ( Rizzoli and Isles #2) By Tess Gerritsen: I was very surprised by this book. The reason being is it took more then half the book for it to go at a regular pace and there for made it harder to read in the timely manner I usually do. Once it picked up though it totally took off!!! it made it worth the wait. I do have to say though since I watched the episodes from the hit TV series that was based on this book it had a ton of differences so it was still able to shock me. My warnings: 1. This is not in the kids or young adult sections for many reasons so parents be warned. 2. Reader can get a little lost if going out of order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, easy read! Looking forward to reading the 3rd in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book it will keep you on your toes you will not want to put it down for one moment. Very suspenseful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am a fan of this series. Tess Gerritsen is an excellent author whose story holds the readers interest.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
There is so much detail in this thrilling murder mystery that you are both captivated and disturbed. Because it is featuring a serial killer, the subject matter can be hard to read especially when you are in the head of the said killer. I love the detail of the investigation and really feel a part of the story. I do like the end, it made me smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next one.
aeynera More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book quite a lot; it was chilling. Jane Rizzoli was as resourceful as ever and Gabriel Dean was an enjoyable, if frustrating character that added even more mysteries to the mix.
martin lemos More than 1 year ago
I just finished and i was not disappointed. Good story very few dead spots. Good follow up to the Surgeon. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Readingthedreams More than 1 year ago
Awesome sequel to the Surgeon!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have now read book 1 (The Surgeon) and book 2 (The Apprentice). I can't wait to continue reading the Rizzoli and Isles books. They just keep getting better.
LibraryCatLady More than 1 year ago
The Surgeon was great and I think Ms. Gerritsen's publisher wanted another book fast...too fast. This book is a little clumsy and a lot predictable. Not a horrible read, but not one I would recommned as an intro into Gerritsen's work.