Books – Rizzoli and Isles go East

2011-11-25 14:44

The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
Bantam Press
336 pages; R215

I haven’t been able to get awfully excited about the television series Rizzoli and Isles. Angie Harmon just isn’t what I imagined Rizzoli to look like (where’s the wild frizzy hair?) and Sasha Alexander lacks Maura’s ethereal quality.

That said, in print, I have always been a fan of the twosome who solve crime in Boston.

In this latest of Gerritsen’s novels detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles find themselves in the strange world of Chinatown, where secrets are kept and cops are shut out.

A cleanly severed hand is found in an alley, after much searching the owner is found on a rooftop with her throat slashed and her head almost severed.

The damage has been done by an ancient sword – and the hunt begins for a murderer with the know-how to wield an antique weapon. This leads the pair to Iris Fang, a martial arts master with a tragic past. She lost her whole family in a murder-suicide shooting that she thinks was a frame-up.

There is a theatricality to Gerritsen’s stories and perhaps that’s because she sees them now in full-colour HD on TV. As I was reading this novel I could see how it might be done as a film, it’s a shame that the series hasn’t lived up to the novels.

But this remains a quick, fun read.

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