The Surgeon is the first novel in Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli/Maura Iles series. In this novel we are introduced to Jane as the only woman on her Boston Police Department’s Homicide team. She is hunting a killer who targets lonely women and tortures them before slashing their throats. His surgical skills lead to his being dubbed “The Surgeon”. As Jane and another member of the team, Thomas Moore, investigate, they notice similarities to cases in Georgia two years previous. A survivor of those murders, Catherine Cordell, shot dead her attacker, so is this a copy-cat or something else? This is a fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader enthralled. Gerritsen touches on issues of sexism in the police force, the privacy of sensitive medical information, sexual assault support groups, respect for cadavers and police/victim relationships. Hard to put down, this is a very enjoyable novel and I look forward to reading The Apprentice.