8 Great Questions: Tess Gerritsen

The Rizzoli & Isles author shares her favorite books and the reason why she loves Middle Earth.

Tess Gerritsen

We love Tess Gerritsen because she gave us two of our favorite literary heroines: Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles. The Boston-based crime-solving duo (and the inspiration for TNT’s hit series) is back in Gerritsen’s new book I Know a Secret, tackling two seemingly unrelated murders with startlingly similar clues. While both women work the case, they are each distracted by their mothers, who require their attention in both innocent and nefarious ways. In anticipation of this next novel in the Rizzoli & Isles series (her twelfth!), we asked Tess to answer our eight great questions about the books she returns to again and again, the ones she gifts to others and the one book she tells everyone to read.


Featured illustration: Lorenzo Gritti; Author Photo: © Derek Henthorn

TESS GERRITSEN is a New York Times bestselling author who earned international acclaim for her first novel of suspense, Harvest. She introduced Detective Jane Rizzoli in The Surgeon (2001) and Dr. Maura Isles in The Apprentice (2002) and has gone on to write numerous other titles in the celebrated Rizzoli & Isles series, most recently The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake, Ice Cold, The Silent Girl, Last to Die, Die Again, and I Know a Secret. Her latest standalone novel is the thriller Playing with Fire. A physician, Tess Gerritsen lives in Maine.

About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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