Maura Isles

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Dr. Maura Isles is a character who first appeared in international bestselling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen’s 2002 crime novel The Apprentice. She is now a regular character in Gerritsen’s “Rizzoli and Isles” novels, as well as the television series Rizzoli and Isles, a TNT television series starring Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Brian Goodman as Lieutenant Sean Cavanaugh. The show premiered on July 12, 2010 and was renewed for a 15 episode 4th season on June 29, 2012.

Dr. Maura Isles is the Chief Medical Examiner of Commonwealth of Massachusetts  anda forensic expert who works at the Boston Police Department.She is described in The Sinner as “coolly regal” and a “Goth goddess”. She is chillingly logical. Sheis very intelligent that she can be compared to a walking library. She can easily let out alist of facts, regardless of their relevance to a case she is working on. She owns a pet tortoise which she named Bass, after William M. Bass, a celebrated forensic pathologist. She is not easily perturbed and possesses a stabledisposition. Examining dead bodies is what she extremely loves to do, although she has a propensity to diagnose living people more often than usual. She was adopted by a wealthy family when she was a child.

When she was in high school, Maurahad the nickname “Maura-The-Bore-A” because her classmates found her particularly boring. She wants to believe that a scientific explanation exists for everything. Fate has nothing to do with what’s going on with life. She finds comfort in thinking that death is not a mystical process but an organic fact. From an early age, she was already aware that she is different from others. As a child, she hid out in her room to read for many hours. She was the scholar, the talented pianist, the honor student. Her parents understood that she was not an ordinary girl and they were proud of her. Her devotion to logic and science made her attracted to the study of medicine. But soon after she commenced her studies in medical school, she realized that she was not destined to work with living patients. Her icy demeanor fits perfectly well with the dead. That is the reason why she became a forensic pathologist.

Maura is the total opposite of Jane Rizzoli, though the two are best friends. Jane Rizzoli is a detective who also works for the Boston Police Department. She is somewhat a tomboy, while Maura always looks like a fashion model going to a photo shoot rather than to a crime scene or a mortuary. Maura can be perceived as socially awkward and has trouble with men because of her vicious honesty and her practice of exposing their medical conditions like a female Dr. Gregory House from the eponymous television series, House, MD. But she is never awkward around her best friend. She has an impeccable taste for clothes and made sure she is dressed to kill. She is an expert in analyzing blood chemistries and x-rays, has full capabilities to slice open organs and muscles, but she can be ignorant when it comes to dissecting human emotions. She also has an inability to lie, for when she does, she begins to hyperventilate.

Maura Isles found a new home in Boston. The cold New England winters suits her with ease, as does her occupation as a medical examiner. She found little in common with the Boston PD detectives with whom she works with. Some of them may even be scared of her as she notices their wary glances and hears their whispers whenever she passes by. Behind her back, they call her the “Queen of the Dead.” Her ring tone on Jane’s cellphone fittingly playsFrédéric Chopin’s “Funeral March.” When she was younger, she was interested in examining dead creatures such as her pet mouse after it died. Death has been a constant source of fascination for her. Her attitude towards death is somewhat reminiscent ofthe lead character Sandra Larson in the Canadian movie Kissed, a movie centering on the themes of necrophilia, based from the short story We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy.

The backstory of the show is inspired by the book The Surgeon, the first book in the series byTess Gerritsen, who has by now finished eleven books under the Rizzoli and Isles series. Jane Rizzoli has been investigating the serial killer Charles Hoyt for some time before the series began. Hoyt was expelled from medical school for fondling a cadaver. He used his immense knowledge on medicine to methodically torture and kill defenseless women. He eventually capturesRizzoli by hitting her on the head with a wooden plank to knock her unconscious and then pins her to the floor using scalpels that were forced her hands. As he prepares to sliceRizzoli’s throat, her partner, Vince Korsak, shoots the serial killer and keeps her from harm. After witnessing her vulnerability, Rizzoli reasons that Korsak would never trust her as his partner.

The pilot episode of the show “See One.Do One. Teach One” is based on the novel The Apprentice, the second book in the series.Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles investigate another killer with Hoyt’s modus operandi with an added fondness for necrophilia. Rizzoli and Isles found out that the imitator was a soldier named John Stark who knewCharles Hoyt in medical school, had his identity erased for black operations by the CIA, and copied Hoyt’s mode of murder. Meanwhile, Hoyt makes an escape from his prison cell and reunites with his apprentice. Later somebody broke into Rizzoli’s home. She was told by who she assumed was from BBT that her neighbors had been murdered, she made a rush into the van to look at the bodies but meets Hoyt instead. They makeJane Rizzoli lose her consciousness and when she awakens, they try to murder her. However, she manages to successfully disarm her captorswith a taser. With a flare, she impales Hoyt in the eye. She shoots the apprentice to death in defense. Hoyt reaches for her gun, but she shoots him through the hands, injuring him the same way he wounded her before.

Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles takes on many exciting cases through the seasons of the TV show and the books, including a murder done in the course of a Revolutionary War re-enactment, a slaying in the locker room of a professional baseball team, a complex case with a surrogate mother involved and an incident involving the Salem witch trials. Jane also faces the serial killer Charles Hoyt once again, as he takes a special delight in tormenting her. Eighteen months later, he returns through a different apprentice named Lola in “I’m Your Boogie Man”.Two years earlier, he has murdered Lola’s abusive husband. Hoyt then uses her Stockholm syndrome to his benefit. He uses Lola to stalk Jane Rizzoli. Lola seduces and captures Frankie Rizzoli before tying Jane up. She makes a plan to abductJane until Hoyt can escape from prison, but Jane succeedsin distracting Lola long enough for Frankie to kill Lola with her own revolver.

New twists are presentedin the series when Rizzoli and Isles discover that a recent murder victim is actually Maura Isles’s previously-unknown half-brother, which resulted to her discovery that her real father is a notorious criminal, an Irish crime boss named Patrick “Paddy” Doyle. She finds out that information in the third season’s first episode entitled, “What Doesn’t Kill You.” Her father said she died when she was born on August 7, 1976, her birthday. There is a gravesite and marker with the name Baby Maura Doyle written on it.

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