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Those who are fond of crime dramas probably are aware of the Rizzoli and Isles television series on TNT or have read and followed the series of Tess Gerritsen books in order. Tess Gerritsen is a Chinese-American physician turned novelist and presently internationally recognized as a bestselling author. She graduated at Stanford University and at the University of California, San Francisco where she finished a degree as a Medical Doctor. Her real name is Terry Gerritsen but used the name Tess for a feminine sound which is more applicable for the first genre of her novels which are romantic thrillers wrote during a maternity leave on her first child. A romantic thriller novel, “Call After Midnight” was published in 1987 as Tess Gerritsen’s first book. The physician’s change of career to writing has been a long time dream which her mother discouraged due to low pay opportunity in writing. She initially wrote for publishers Harlequin Intrigue and Harper Paperbacks. She retired from her medical profession to give full time attention to writing. In 1996, Harvest was the title of the first medical thriller novel written by Tess Gerritsen which made a mark on the 13th slot at the New York Times bestseller list. She wrote three more bestseller novels in the medical thriller genre.

The Discovery of the Boston Duo – Rizzoli and Isles

The Surgeon is the first crime thriller novel by Tess Gerritsen that was released in 2001. The Surgeon introduced a secondary character of Jane Rizzoli, a homicide detective. Although the characters created by Tess Gerritsen are just support to the story plot, they became more popular than the main character. The Jane Rizzoli character appears in the stories of nine Tess Gerritsen novels, together with a medical examiner by the name of Dr. Maura Isles. In 2008, TNT started planning for the untitled project inspired from the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen. The main casts of the television series were announced on October 2009; Angie Harmon was the first choice for the title role of a police detective while Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles was selected during an audition. Rizzoli is the original title of the television crime drama series, the title was changed as Rizzoli and Isles on January 2010 while completing the pilot episode. The novels became the story plot of a television series called Rizzoli and Isles based on the characters of Jane Rizzoli which was played by actress Angie Harmon and Dr. Maura Isles character is acted by Sasha Alexander.  The Rizzoli and Isles one hour television crime drama which took inspiration from the series of novels written by Tess Gerritsen premiered on July 12, 2010 under the production of Paramount Pictures.  After airing the crime drama for three episodes, it was renewed on July 30, 2010 for 15 episodes for the second season. The 15 episodes of the crime drama for the third season scheduled on 2012 summer time were renewed on August 5, 2011. Another 15 episode contract renewal for the fourth season of Rizzoli and Isles television series was made on June 29, 2012 as TNT’s summer offering in 2013.

The Unveiling of the Mystery in a Crime Drama

The title of the pilot episode of Rizzoli and Isles is “See One, Do One, Teach One” which is mostly taken from the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen books in order, The Apprentice. Jane Rizzoli is a Boston based detective for the Boston Police Department, assigned to investigate a suspected serial killer named Charles Hoyt. Jane Rizzoli is a lesbian daughter of an overly protective Italian mother, Angela, who wishes Jane to be feminine by setting her up with dates. Jane is an extremely competitive sister to a young police officer brother, Frankie. Although Frankie looks up to Jane, he prefers to make a mark at the police department on own effort. Dr. Maura Isles is a chief medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and forensic expert at the Boston Police Department. She is the best friend of Jane Rizzoli in the crime drama series although completely opposite with each other because Maura is fashionable even when going to a crime scene. The first few episodes of the crime drama evolved around Charles Hoyt, a serial killer under the alias “The Surgeon”. Hoyt was kicked out of a medical school after being caught touching a female corpse. He is later accused of torturing to death numerous helpless women. Hoyt is joined by a soldier named John Stark in the modus of torturing women to death. The story twist of the Rizzoli and Isles television series is when the main characters discovered one murder victim as Dr. Isle’s unknown paternal half brother.  Further investigation revealed that Maura Isle’s biological father is Paddy Doyle. ‘What Doesn’t Kill You” is the first episode of the third season of the crime drama wherein Paddy Doyle was identified as an Irish notorious criminal, Maura Isles found this out during her investigation on the death of her half brother. Paddy Doyle thought the Maura died on the day she was born. The grave where she is supposed to be buried has a name engraved as Maura Doyle.

Every episode of Rizzoli and Isles unveils a mystery on a murder case with a mix of the complexities of the life of the Boston duo – Jane and Maura. There are comic scenes to bring balance to a gruesome world of murder. Rizzoli and Isles television series is warmly accepted in America, the show can pass as successor of previous shows on the crime drama empowered by women such as Casey and Lacey of the 1980s. The Rizzoli and Isles television show is being played in 26 countries; more countries will join after obtaining broadcasting clearance.

Best Seller and Award Winning Works of Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen’s publications recently revolve on the Rizzoli and Isles characters, but she also wrote a novel on historic thriller. The Bone Garden was published in 2007; it tackles gruesome murders that happened in Boston in year 1830s. Tess Gerritsen books in order particularly the Rizzoli and Isles series are based on publication years. “The Surgeon” was published in 2001, “The Apprentice” in 2002, “The Sinner” in 2003, “Body Double” in 2004, “Vanish” in 2005, “The Mephisto Club” in 2005, “The Keepsake” in 2008, “Ice Cold” in 2010, “The Silent Girl” in 2011, and “Last to Die” for release on August 2012. “The Keepsake” was released in the UK with a title “Keeping the Dead” while “Ice Cold” was given a UK title “The Killing Place”.  The UK published books have different titles from the US published books based on the preferences of UK publishers. The geographical choice of book titles may bring confusion both on internet travel and online sales of Tess Gerritsen books in order. However, the Tess Gerritsen books in order of the medical thriller novels can be read in any order as each story plot stands on its own. The books in the medical thriller genre include the “Harvest” published in 1996, “Life Support” at 1997, “Bloodstream” in 1998, “Gravity” in 1999, and “Bone Garden” in 2007. The books by Tess Gerritsen sold 25 million copies after being published in forty countries and three are considered top bestsellers worldwide. Tess Gerritsen won a Nero Wolfe Award for the novel, Vanish, and Rita Award for the novel, The Surgeon. The novels of Tess Gerritsen were described as “pulse-pounding fun” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “scary and brilliant” in the Toronto Globe and Mail, “polished reverting poses” in the Chicago Tribune, and Publisher Weekly considered Tess Gerritsen as the “medical suspense queen”. Some of the novels of Tess Gerritsen were bought by movie companies although not as a feature film. Tess Gerritsen also wrote the original screenplay for a TV movie, “Adrift” aired in 1993 as CBS Movie Week which stars Kate Jackson. Tess Gerritsen wiki listed a full event schedule for year 2012 mostly on book tours, book fairs, writer conferences, show appearances and book signings.

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