What Teddy saw

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Bos­ton homi­cide de­tec­tive Jane Riz­zoli and med­i­cal ex­am­iner Dr. Maura Isles deal with a killer with a di­a­bol­i­cal plan in Last to Die, Tess Ger­rit­sen’s lat­est Riz­zoli & Isles thriller.

Barely a teenager, Teddy Clock hides un­der the bed as the killer walks through his house and mur­ders his fam­ily. Riz­zoli in­ves­ti­gates the case, but Teddy is in too much shock to pro­vide any an­swers.

She learns that Teddy was adopted af­ter he wit­nessed the mas­sacre of his par­ents two years ear­lier. With Isles’ help, Riz­zoli has Teddy en­rolled in an ex­clu­sive board­ing school in the Maine wilder­ness. She hopes the school will pro­vide pro­tec­tion for Teddy un­til she can iden­tify the mur­derer.

While vis­it­ing a friend at the school, Isles learns that the par­ents of two other students were mur­dered. She con­tacts Riz­zoli, her friend and col­league, with the in­for­ma­tion. The killer is watch­ing, and the school’s re­mote lo­ca­tion is per­fect for him to fin­ish the job.

Ger­rit­sen has a knack for cre­at­ing great char­ac­ters and mys­te­ri­ous plots that seem straight­for­ward but also dazzle with com­plex­ity and twists. The dif­fer­ences be­tween the books in the se­ries and the TNT tele­vi­sion se­ries Riz­zoli & Isles are mi­nor, so new­com­ers to Ger­rit­sen’s nov­els will be able to eas­ily jump into the pro­ceed­ings. Last to Die (Bal­lan­tine) by Tess Ger­rit­sen $29.95 352 pp

Tess Ger­rit­sen

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