Jane Rizzoli

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Strong, intelligent, brash, extremely competitive and often abrasive, Jane Rizzoli (born Jane Clementine Rizzoli) is a Boston Police detective and one of the main protagonists in Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles book series, now a television series in its third season in TNT, an American television network.

Jane Rizzoli is the other half of the Rizzoli and Isles tandem. She is from a typical, blue-collar, Italian-American family from Revere (a suburb in Boston), complete with an overprotective mother and a hard-working plumber for a father. Her childhood household was always noisy and there’s a lot of yelling involved. Being the eldest child, Jane Rizzoli has conditioned herself to be strong and highly guarded even when she was young. The only person she lets her guard down with is her best friend Maura Isles.

Because of her chubbiness when she was a kid, Jane Rizzoli earned the nickname “Rollie Pollie Rizzoli” that always made her irritated. She graduated from high school in 1994 and went on to college.  A veritable tomboy, Jane Rizzoli can tackle anyone like a linebacker, and had eventually put all that aggression while playing field hockey in junior college.

Jane Rizzoli first realized that she wanted to be a cop when a police officer from the Boston Police Department came to her school during career day. She was impressed, so as the other kids in her class, especially when she saw them looking in awe at the police officer. She wanted the badge and the gun that comes with it.

Because of her humble beginnings, Jane Rizzoli has constantly fought her way to gain respect from her colleagues. Between her personal life and her job, she also struggles with her relationship with her equally stubborn mother, Angela Rizzoli. Jane Rizzoli has a weakness for dogs, as attested by her adopting Jo Friday, a stray dog her former partner, Vince Korsak, rescued. Her romantic relationships are nondescript, giving her mother another reason to worry.

Jane Rizzoli – among many things – wanted respect and decided being a cop will give her that. She trained in the Boston PD Academy and worked her way up from a patrolman to detective under the Vice and Narcotics Unit. Currently, Detective Jane Rizzoli is working under the Homicide Unit, solving murder crimes and mystery together with her childhood friend and best friend Dr. Maura Isles, a medical examiner. Jane Rizzoli has her little brother Frankie working as a uniformed cop in the Boston PD as well.

Tough and confident, Jane Rizzoli knew how difficult it is to prove herself among the boys in her unit. But she wouldn’t let her being a woman how her down. Getting assigned to most of the toughest murder cases in Boston has made sure that she’s on top. The one thing that Jane Rizzoli lives by is to make every hunt for the perpetrator personal and never wear high heels – it is difficult to run after the bad guys – if she wanted to catch anyone.

Because of traumatizing episode she had with a serial killer during one of her more dangerous cases (that she survived), Jane Rizzoli got matching scars in the center of her palms from the scalpel wounds Warren Hoyt (Charles Hoyt in the TV series), also known as “The Surgeon”, gave her to subdue and pin her to the ground. That experience still haunted her to this day.

Tess Gerritsen, the award-winning and bestselling author of twenty-six novels to date, is the author of the Rizzoli and Isles book series. This series marked Tess Gerritsen’s commercial success as one of the many reputable authors of suspense thrillers in the world today. There are over fifteen million of her books in print and published in thirty-one countries. With her background in medical science (she’s a M.D. by profession), Tess Gerritsen has woven tales in a premise that she knows best and has since branched out from her romance suspense genre beginnings to medical thrillers, garnering an avid following since the release of her highly regarded medical thriller “Harvest”.

In “The Surgeon”, Tess Gerritsen received a RITA award for Best Romantic Suspense Novel in 2002. The fifth book in the Rizzoli and Isles book series titled “Vanish” has reaped more accolades for Tess Gerritsen. In 2006, “Vanish” won the Nero Award for Best Mystery Novel. The book was also nominated for an Edgar Award and Macavity Award by the Mystery Writers of America.

The Rizzoli and Isles book series in reading order is as follows: “The Surgeon”, “The Apprentice”, “The Sinner”, “Body Double”, “Vanish”, “The Mephisto Club”, “Keeping The Dead”, “Ice Cold” and “The Silent Girl”. Tess Gerritsen’s latest offering in the Rizzoli and Isles series titled “Last To Die” will be released in August 2012.

In the Rizzoli and Isles book series, Jane Rizzoli was first introduced as a secondary character in “The Surgeon”, which was published in 2001. Along with her another detective, Thomas Moore, Jane investigated the series of murders perpetrated by a serial killer with a medical knowledge, inflicting precise wounds using surgical tools such as scalpels on women. Jane Rizzoli became one of the victims but later on survived the ordeal.

“The Apprentice”, the second book in the Rizzoli and Isles series, marks the return of Jane Rizzoli as a principal character who is on the tail of Warren Hoyt (Charles Hoyt in the TV series), the killer in “The Surgeon” who is behind bars. But after a series of brutal murders with the same modus operandi, Hoyt became a person of interest once again. “The Apprentice” introduces readers to Dr. Maura Isles, the medical examiner and Jane Rizzoli’s friend, as a supporting character and FBI agent Gabriel Dean. It was not until the third book, “The Sinner” that Maura Isles became a central character in the Rizzoli and Isles series.

Rizzoli and Isles TV series used “The Surgeon” as a background story instead of the beginning and also made Maura Isles a central character on the onset of the show instead of just focusing on Jane Rizzoli’s character like in the book series.

Jane Rizzoli is played by Angie Harmon, famous for playing A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael in Law & Order and Inspector Lindsey Baxter in Women’s Murder Club. The other half of the Rizzoli and Isles partnership is Dr. Maura Isles, played by Sasha Alexander (Special Agent Caitlin Todd in NCIS and Dr. Jackie Collette in Presidio Med), who initially auditioned for the role of Jane Rizzoli but was later on given the part of Maura Isles instead.

Other supporting characters in the Rizzoli and Isles television adaptation include: Lorrain Bracco as Angela Rizzoli (Jane Rizzoli’s mother), Jordan Bridges as Frankie Rizzoli, Jr. (Jane’s brother), Bruce McGill as Vince Korsak, Lee Thompson Young as Detective Barry Frost, and Brian Goodman as Lieutenant Sean Cavanaugh. By early 2010, executives chose Billy Burke (Charlie Swan in the Twilight movie franchise) to play FBI agent Gabriel Dean.

Reminiscent of James Patterson’s “Women’s Murder Club” book series that was also adapted to a television series, Rizzoli and Isles was green lighted by the executives in TNT, the American television network, as an untitled project back in 2008. The original pilot episode was simply titled “Rizzoli” and was written by Janet Tamaro. Produced by Paramount Pictures, Rizzoli and Isles premiered on July 12, 2010 and spanned ten episodes for its first season. Because of the good viewer ratings and the dynamic characters of Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, Rizzoli and Isles was renewed for a fifteen episode second season and now, another fifteen-episode third season.

On June 2012, TNT executives announced that there will be a fifteen-episode fourth season of Rizzoli and Isles slated to premiere in summer of 2013. Rizzoli and Isles airs every Tuesdays at 9PM.

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