The Bone Garden
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Zusatztext Praise for The Mephisto Club “Equally fascinating and horrifying . . . The pages seem to turn themselves.” –The Boston Globe “Powerful . . . white-knuckle suspense at its finest.” –Mississippi Clarion-Ledger “A potpourri of thrills.” –Orlando Sentinel “A tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.” –Newsday Informationen zum Autor Tess Gerritsen Klappentext Unknown bones! untold secrets! and unsolved crimes from the distant past cast ominous shadows on the present in the dazzling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil-human! female! and! according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles! scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. But whoever this nameless woman was! and whatever befell her! is knowledge lost to another time. . . . Boston! 1830: In order to pay for his education! Norris Marshall! a talented but penniless student at Boston Medical College! has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists"-those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. Yet even this ghoulish commerce pales beside the shocking murder of a nurse found mutilated on the university hospital grounds. And when a distinguished doctor meets the same grisly fate! Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect. To prove his innocence! Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly! a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic! keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes! Norris and Rose comb the city-from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power-on the trail of a maniacal fiend who lurks where least expected . . . and who waits for his next lethal opportunity. With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail! The Bone Garden deftly interweaves the thrilling narratives of its nineteenth- and twenty-first century protagonists! tracing the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking. Bold! bloody! and brilliant! this is Tess Gerritsen's finest achievement to date. One The present So this is how a marriage ends, thought Julia Hamill as she rammed the shovel into the soil. Not with sweet whispers goodbye, not with the loving clasp of arthritic hands forty years from now, not with children and grandchildren grieving around her hospital bed. She lifted a scoop of earth and flung it aside, sending rocks clattering onto the growing mound. It was all clay and stones, good for growing nothing except blackberry canes. Barren soil, like her marriage, from which nothing long lasting, nothing worth holding on to, had sprouted. She stamped down on the shovel and heard a clang, felt the concussion slam up her spine as the blade hit a rock—a big one. She repositioned the blade, but even when she attacked the rock at different angles, she could not pry it loose. Demoralized and sweating in the heat, she stared down at the hole. All morning she had been digging like a woman possessed, and beneath her leather gloves blisters were peeled open. Julia’s digging had stirred up a cloud of mosquitoes that whined around her face and infiltrated her hair. There was no way around it: If she wanted to plant a garden in this spot, if she wanted to transform this weed-choked yard, she had to keep at it. This rock was in her way. Suddenly the task seemed hopeless, beyond her puny efforts. She dropped the shovel and slumped to the ground, rump landing on the stony pile of dirt. Why had she ever thought sh...
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