The Keepsake

The Keepsake

A Novel

Large Print - 2008
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New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers.

For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed "Madam X," the mummy-to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact-seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse-horrifying proof that this "centuries-old" relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large-and is now taunting them.
Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo's blood runs cold when the killer's cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering-or perhaps a ghastly promise of what's to come.

The twisted killer's familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried.

Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2008.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780739327142
Characteristics: 509 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Keeping the dead.


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Aug 13, 2018

Quick moving good read characters simplified not too many to complicate the story

rb3221 Aug 28, 2017

A mostly fast paced novel that starts with the ominous line, "he is coming for me." There are lots of riddles, clues and plot twists especially in the last 10 pages. It is an unusual setting with archaeology, museums, mummies, murder and serial killers. Good character development of Rizzoli and Barry Frost continues as does the somewhat annoying Isles' relationship with Daniel, the priest. Recommended.

Mar 24, 2013

As usual Tess Gerritsen did it again.... would highly recommend this book.

ckguyfromsi Jul 13, 2012

The author kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the story right until the gripping end. It left me wanting to hear more from these characters in maybe a future novel.

Apr 20, 2010

Tess Gerritsen always writes a thriller in my opinion.

Returned this book to the library, before I started "My Collection".

However, I do know I enjoyed it.

Aug 27, 2009

Amazing! I was never one for thrillers, but this really impressed me. A must-read.


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