The Apprentice (Gerritsen novel)

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The Apprentice
AuthorTess Gerritsen
CountryUnited States
SeriesMaura Isles
Jane Rizzoli
GenreCrime novel
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Preceded byThe Surgeon 
Followed byThe Sinner 

The Apprentice is a 2002 novel written by Tess Gerritsen, second book of the Maura Isles/Jane Rizzoli series.[1][2] Both the hardcover[3] and paperback[4] editions reached number 10 in The New York Times Best Seller lists.


When Rizzoli investigates a murder where cutting techniques similar to those of imprisoned Warren Hoyt but involving necrophilia (as determined by medical examiner Maura Isles), she is called by FBI Agent Gabriel Dean to Washington, D.C. Dean shows her a list of similar crimes committed in Bosnia, and terms the suspect "The Dominator".

Hoyt escapes from prison after reading about "The Dominator's" murders which copy many of his techniques, and plots with him to trap Rizzoli. Eventually, "The Dominator" kidnaps Rizzoli as she returns to Boston, and takes her into the countryside. In her struggle to stay alive, Rizzoli fights back, kills "The Dominator" and severely wounds Hoyt, making him a quadriplegic.

Rizzoli then takes a long-overdue vacation, claiming sick-leave, with Dean.



  1. ^ Weinberg, Samantha (9 March 2003). "Roll over, Miss Marple". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  2. ^ "Series heroes and serial killers, not to mention schizophrenia, mass murder and blood -- lots of blood". The Washington Post. 28 July 2002. p. T.03. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  3. ^ "BEST SELLERS: September 8, 2002". The New York Times. 8 September 2002. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  4. ^ "PAPERBACK BEST SELLERS: August 24, 2003". The New York Times. 24 August 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-18.