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A gripping standalone thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music - the Incendio waltz - and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. Full of passion, torment, and chilling beauty, and seemingly unknown to the world, the waltz, its mournful minor key, its feverish arpeggios, appear to dance with a strange life of their own. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia's bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz's fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred - and Julia's world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed.



About the Author

Tess Gerritsen

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.

While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.

Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997) , Bloodstream (1998) , Gravity (1999) , The Surgeon (2001) , The Apprentice (2002) , The Sinner (2003) , Body Double (2004) , Vanish (2005) , The Mephisto Club (2006) , The Bone Garden (2007) , The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead) , Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place) , The Silent Girl (2011) , Last To Die (2012) , Die Again (2014) , and Playing With Fire (2015) . Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world.

Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and number one bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon) . Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer) , "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail) , and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune) . Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen".

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.

Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.



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