The Mephisto Club - Rizzoli & Iles, Bk 6 Author:Tess Gerritsen PECCAVI — The Latin is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell -- Jane's professional nemesis and member ... more »of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.
On tony Beacon Hill, the club's acolytes devote themselves to the analysis of evil: Can it be explained by science? Does it have a physical presence? Do demons walk the earth? Drawing on a wealth of dark historical data and mysterious religious symbolism, the Mephisto scholars aim to prove a startling theory: that Satan himself exists among us. With the grisly appearance of a corpse on their doorstep, it's clear that someone -- or something -- is indeed prowling the city. Soon, the members of the club begin to fear the very subject of their study. Could this maniacal killer be one of their own -- or have they inadvertently summoned an evil entity from the darkness?
Delving deep into the most baffling and unusual case of their careers, Maura and Jane embark on a terrifying journey to the very heart of evil, where they encounter a malevolent foe more dangerous than any they have ever faced . . . one whose work is only just beginning.« less
This is an action packed psychological novel about the analysis of evil. Following a series of grisly murders, a police detective, a medical examiner, and a strange, very wealthy group of scholars who study religious symbolism and historical data, join forces. Strong characters challenge each other's deeply held beliefs as they struggle to understand and stop the evil killer in their midst while dealing with their own personal relationships.
On Christmas morning, a young woman is murdered and dismembered. Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli quickly link the murder to Psyhicatrist Joyce O'Donnell, a member of the Mephisto Club...a club that devotes itself to the analysis of evil. But when another murder occurs on the doorstep of the club, the members begin to suspect that they are the real target.
This is a dark psychological mystery which touches on satanic possession, secret societies and celibacy in the church. The plot seemed a little slow in the middle of the book. I just wanted to get through all of the mythology and historical data and learn who the murderer was. Definitely not a favorite in the series. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
Michelle K. reviewed The Mephisto Club (Rizzoli & Iles, Bk 6) on
Tess is an exceptional forensic writer! Details are immense and they drag you through the emotions of the character! So much so that there were points when I had to put it down because I nearly got sick.