An apparent murder-suicide 19 years ago added more ghosts
to the haunted streets of Boston's Chinatown. But now it
seems one of those spirits may be out for revenge.
Detective Jane Rizzoli has seen some bizarre sights as a
homicide cop, but the shadowy corners and secretive
residents of Chinatown have her looking over her shoulder.
Someone -- or something -- has executed two professional
assassins, one of whom was about to kill Rizzoli herself.
All she knows is that the killer wields an extremely sharp
sword with deadly grace and skill and seems to appear and
disappear at will. And despite the timely rescue, Jane
still isn't quite sure if the presence is friend or foe,
and at times she finds herself wondering if she's chasing a
phantom. Not that there's a lack of flesh-and-blood
This thriller is a solid murder mystery (two, actually, the
present and the past) with supernatural overtones, set
against the inscrutable backdrop of Chinatown, almost a
character in itself here. The dynamic between Rizzoli and
Iris is fascinating -- both of them tough, independent women
with a strong belief in justice. Each meeting is like a
mini chess match. And the legends and stories of ancient
China, woven together with the ongoing investigation, will
leave readers wondering, as Rizzoli sometimes does, what is
real and what is not. Familiar characters make welcome
returns, and Rizzoli is one of the best-written detectives,
male or female, around today. This book is a must for all
R&I fans (although Maura plays a fairly small role). It
grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the
No one takes readers to the dark side and back with more
razor-sharp jolts and sheer suspense than the storytelling
master behind Ice Cold and The Keepsake. When New York Times
bestselling author Tess Gerritsen has a tale to tell, put
yourself in her expert handsâ€”and prepare for the shocks and
thrills that are certain to follow.
Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at
night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide
cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Bostonâ€™s Chinatown will do both.
In the murky shadows of an alley lies a femaleâ€™s severed
hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging
to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her
head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hairâ€”not
humanâ€”cling to her body. They are Rizzoliâ€™s only clues, but
theyâ€™re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to
make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a
Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a
Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. But one woman
connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious
martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a
secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown.
A secret that may not even be human. Now sheâ€™s the target of
someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil.
Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an
ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an
unseen enemy with centuries of cunningâ€”and a swift, avenging