Tess Gerritsen, a former internist, sets her medical suspense novels in territory she, too, knows well and takes grisly up a few terrifying notches in The Surgeon. A serial killer has surfaced in Boston, and the local newspapers have dubbed him The Surgeon for his obvious medical training and penchant for removing the most intimate female organs and finishing off his victims with excruciating deliberation. Catherine Cordell, the only victim ever to survive a similar crime, is now living in Boston and she's a surgeon herself. Coincidence? Not likely. It sure sounds like the same perpetrator, except for the fact that Dr. Cordell shot her would-be killer more than two years ago. Is The Surgeon just a clever, demonic copycat, or is there a more convoluted, sinister answer? You know the drill you'll have to listen to Dennis Boutsikaris' tautly paced performance to find out. Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.

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