Fans of the Rizzoli and Isles novels already know what to expect: a pair of smart women underestimated by some of their colleagues and with a knack for being where the gore is. At this moment, the latest enthralling case in Tess Gerritsen’s New York Times’ bestseller again calling for Rizzoli & Isles series, the blockbuster books behind the smash hit thriller series.
Leon Gott, taxidermist and avid hunter, is eviscerated in his West Roxbury home, and the rare snow leopard pelt he was preserving is stolen. Rizzoli and Isles suspect that Gott’s death is related to the Botswana safari on which his son vanished six years earlier—and to a murderous sub-Saharan African cult and unsolved killings across the U.S. Jacobson’s chapters are filled with fear and tension; she’s a city woman who quickly learned that in the African bush, “every creature that’s born will ultimately be eaten.”
Long after her ordeal should be over, Millie tells her 4-year-old daughter that “the world is a place of peace and light,” so the girl “does not know that the monsters are real”. Millie Jacobson is the safari’s only survivor, who adds to the visceral horror with her account of how a group of trapped, terrified people turned on each other.
“Die Again’’ is smart and tightly strung, densely action-packed and full of canny, unsettling observations — like Rizzoli realising over a dinner-table steak that, “Whether it comes from a cow or human, we are all fresh meat” — as well as a fascinating theory of a possible evolutionary connection between early man and leopards.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.