cover image Rizzoli & Isles: I Know a Secret

Rizzoli & Isles: I Know a Secret

Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine, $28 (336p) ISBN 978-0-345-54388-2

The bitterness of a Boston winter doesn’t hinder a killer with a knack for gruesome murders, in bestseller Gerritsen’s twisty 12th Rizzoli & Isles mystery (after 2014’s Die Again). As Det. Jane Rizzoli puzzles out why the murderer is selecting seemingly unrelated victims, medical examiner Maura Isles struggles to discover what exactly killed them. Dogged police work ties the victims—a woman burned to death, a filmmaker with her eyes removed, and a man pierced with arrows—to an infamous child abuse case at a local day care center. When a fourth person connected to the abuse case disappears, Rizzoli must protect troubled Holly Devine, the only remaining child abuse victim in the day care case and the next person on the killer’s list. Meanwhile, Rizzoli must bear witness to her mother’s growing unhappiness in a loveless marriage, and Isles’s biological mother, cold-blooded murderer Amalthea Lank, has once again found a way to sink her claws into her daughter’s psyche. Gerritsen smoothly blends her leads’ domestic dramas with the hunt for the ruthless killer. [em]Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.) [/em]