by Tess Gerritsen
Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are back—and they’re going into the wild to find a killer. Die Again is the latest heart-pounding thriller in Tess Gerritsen’s New York Times bestselling series, the inspiration behind TNT’s hit show Rizzoli & Isles.
When Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are summoned to a crime scene, they find a killing worthy of the most ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. But only the most sinister human hands could have left renowned big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott gruesomely displayed like the once-proud animals whose heads adorn his walls. Did Gott unwittingly awaken a predator more dangerous than any he’s ever hunted?
Maura fears that this isn’t the killer’s first slaughter, and that it won’t be the last. After linking the crime to a series of unsolved homicides in wilderness areas across the country, she wonders if the answers might actually be found in a remote corner of Africa.
Six years earlier, a group of tourists on safari fell prey to a killer in their midst. Marooned deep in the bush of Botswana, with no means of communication and nothing but a rifle-toting guide for protection, the terrified tourists desperately hoped for rescue before their worst instincts—or the wild animals prowling in the shadows—could tear them apart. But the deadliest predator was already among them, and within a week, he walked away with the blood of all but one of them on his hands.
Now this killer has chosen Boston as his new hunting ground, and Rizzoli and Isles must find a way to lure him out of the shadows and into a cage. Even if it means dangling the bait no hunter can resist: the one victim who got away.
This is the eleventh book in the Rizzoli & Isles series. Having read all the previous ones and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one, I couldn’t wait to read Tess Gerritsen’s latest offering, and it does not disappoint.
This book is slightly different to the other books, in that the setting is not just the mean streets of Boston. Alternate chapters have us delving into the past, on safari in Botswana. These chapters are narrated by Millie Jacobson, who has gone on safari with her want-away boyfriend in the hope of re-igniting their relationship. Millie’s character is so powerful it almost overshadows the stars of the show; Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. She transforms from meek and mild to having to cope with devastating events that rip through the members of the safari.
Tess Gerritsen’s descriptions of Africa; the raw danger coupled with its natural beauty are wonderful. She totally brings it all to life, whilst also having her say on some subjects that appear to be close to her heart.
Back in Boston, in the present day, we are re-united with old friends, and very welcome they are. The relationships of Rizzoli & Isles both with each other and their separate families are very human and are what raises these books above your average crime novel.
This time the duo are trying to solve the mystery of who is killing and gutting hunters. They believe they it could be connected to the safari six years previous and Millie Jacobson appears to be the link they are looking for.
Another great offering from Tess Gerritsen, kept me guessing throughout and great characters as usual. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher Ballantine books for sending me a copy via Netgalley.