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Gerritsen, Tess

Entry updated 19 December 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of US physician and author Terry Gerritsen (1953-    ), active from around 1985, most of whose works have been medical thrillers, mostly nonfantastic, many of them included in the Rizzoli & Isles sequence featuring a detective and a forensic pathologist, which begins with The Surgeon (2001); of this series, The Mephisto Club (2006) [listed below] is an exercise in the supernatural.

Among her singletons of genre interest, Bloodstream (1988) centres on a parasite (see Parasitism and Symbiosis) seemingly native to a lake which causes the humans it invades to act violently. The Shape of Night (2019) is a ghost story. The Near Future Gravity (1999), about a mysterious illness (originating in micro-organisms found in a meteor) that has invaded a Space Station, fuses sf and forensic Medicine with considerable competence. [JC]

Terry Gerritsen

born San Diego, California: 12 June 1953

works (highly selected)


Rizzoli & Isles (relevant title only)

  • The Mephisto Club (New York: Ballantine Books, 2006) [Rizzoli & Isles: hb/Ron Koeberer]

individual titles


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