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The bone garden : a novel, Tess Gerritsen

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The bone garden : a novel
Title
The bone garden
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a novel
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Tess Gerritsen
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eng
Summary
The discovery of the skeleton of a woman murdered two centuries earlier sends medical examiner Maura Isles on the trail of a long-dead serial killer who terrorized Boston with crimes in which Norris Marshall, a Harvard Medical School student, had become the prime suspect
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  • Medical examiner Maura Isles returns in another thriller that joins past and present. In the present, in the backyard of Julia Hamill's old Boston house, a long-buried body is unearthed. In 1830, long before the invention of the term serial killer, medical student Norris Marshall is accused of being a mass murderer. To dig himself out from under suspicion, Norris seeks help from a fellow student, one Oliver Wendell Holmes. Together they pursue the cold-hearted killer, while, in the present day, Julia Hamill tries to find out the identity of the body buried in her backyard. As her fans well know, this is not Gerritsen's first shot at combining the modern and the historical. Yet it reads as though it might be: it's clunky, with overly familiar plotting and an attempt at 1830s-era dialogue that's often painful to the ear. Incorporating real people into historical fiction is a well-worn device, and while the author succeeds in bringing Holmes vividly to life, she doesn't really do anything particularly special with him—a fictional character would have served the story just as well. This is a passable thriller—Gerritsen does generate a fair amount of suspense—but it fails to come together on any level beyond plot. Recommendable, finally, only because the author's many fans will want to read it. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 09-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 1, p)
  • At the start of this disappointing stand-alone thriller from bestseller Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club ), 38-year-old divorcée Julia Hamill discovers a skeleton buried in the garden of the Boston house she’s just moved into; the ring found with the remains was in fashion in the 1830s, the fractured bones suggest murder. Flashback to 1830: medical student Norris Marshall, an outcast among his wealthier classmates, meets Rose Connolly in a Boston maternity ward, where Rose’s sister recently died of childbirth fever. When several gutted bodies turn up in deserted alleyways, Rose and Norris are the only ones to catch a glimpse of the killer, dubbed the West End Reaper. Norris, Rose and Norris’s fellow student, Oliver Wendell Holmes, race to uncover the truth behind the slayings, which will remind many of Jack the Ripper’s crimes. In the present, Julia is able to trace their progress with the help of a relative of the house’s former owner. Unfortunately, neither the present nor the historical story line maintains the suspense necessary for a whodunit spanning several generations. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 13, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 32, p46)
  • /* Starred Review */ An old mystery is crossed with a modern story in the latest from Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club, 2006, etc.).Julia Hamill, newly divorced and still smarting, purchases an old house outside Boston. Determined to dig a garden, she instead finds the bones of a long-dead woman—the apparent victim of murder—which starts her on a journey to ferret out the story behind her death. Julia connects with Henry, a no-nonsense 89-year-old with boxes of documents that once belonged to the now-deceased previous owner of Julia's home. The two discover a mystery dating back to the 1830s. At the heart of it is a baby named Meggie, born to the beautiful but doomed Irish chambermaid, Aurnia. Married to a man who cares nothing for her, Aurnia lays dying in a maternity ward with her sister, Rose, at her side. Rose, a spirited 17-year-old, takes Meggie to protect her from Aurnia's husband, but soon finds herself the target of a bizarre manhunt. Someone is after the child—and Rose, as well, because she witnessed a horrifying murder. The body count piles up as Rose struggles to remain free of those who would take Meggie from her. Meanwhile, a young medical student becomes the chief suspect of the West End Reaper killings when he stumbles onto another terrible homicide. Although he fights the prospect, eventually he and Rose join forces to solve the murders and protect the baby at the heart of the mysterious deaths.Readers with delicate stomachs may find Gerritsen's graphic descriptions of corpse dissection hard to take, but the story, which digs up a dark Boston of times long past, entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2007)
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179926
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Gerritsen, Tess
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.E687
LC item number
B66 2007
Literary form
fiction
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Gerritsen, T.
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True
Series statement
Medical & Crime Thrillers
Series volume
bk. 5
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  • Medical examiners (Law)
  • Forensic pathologists
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Babies
  • Forensic pathologists
  • Medical examiners (Law)
  • Massachusetts
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The bone garden : a novel, Tess Gerritsen
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http://www.tessgerritsen.com
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ocn156892030
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
370 pages
Isbn
9780739327135
Lccn
2007029888
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780345497604
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regular print
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(OCoLC)156892030
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The bone garden : a novel, Tess Gerritsen
Link
http://www.tessgerritsen.com
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn156892030
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
370 pages
Isbn
9780739327135
Lccn
2007029888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780345497604
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)156892030

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