cover image Die Again

Die Again

Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine, $27 (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-54385-1

In bestseller Gerritsen’s spellbinding 11th novel featuring Det. Jane Rizzoli of the Boston PD and medical examiner Maura Isles (after 2012’s Last to Die), Leon Gott, taxidermist and avid hunter, is eviscerated in his West Roxbury home, and the rare snow leopard pelt he was preserving is stolen. Rizzoli and Isles suspect that Gott’s death is related to the Botswana safari on which his son vanished six years earlier—and to a murderous sub-Saharan African cult and unsolved killings across the U.S. Gerritsen alternates the search for a cunning human predator with the first-person narrative of Millie Jacobson, the safari’s only survivor, who adds to the visceral horror with her account of how a group of trapped, terrified people turned on each other. Backstory and character development are occasionally sacrificed to pacing, but Gerritsen excels at describing the harsh, often lethal majesty of the Okavango Delta in this satisfying page-turner sure to please longtime Rizzoli and Isles fans and new readers alike. [em]Author tour. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Jan.) [/em]