TESS GERRITSEN took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Gerritsen then earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel, the romantic thriller CALL AFTER MIDNIGHT, was published, followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. Gerritsen also wrote a screenplay, ADRIFT, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Her first medical thriller, HARVEST, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on The New York Times bestseller list. She has written 16 suspense novels since then. Additionally, her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Gerritsen’s books have been published in 40 countries. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award and the Rita Award. Now retired from medicine, Gerritsen writes full time.
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