Title: The Mephisto Club
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Publication Year: 2006
Genre: Fiction, Crime
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
The Latin word 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 of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.
On top of 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. 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.
The Mephisto Club definitely pushed the series into a bit of a new direction. It introduced some new secondary characters and a bit of a recurring theme of intellectual curiosity about evil into the series.
I really enjoyed the way that Maura’s personal life was dragged into this one, as well. For a while, it had been seeming as though her personal and professional lives were managing to stay shockingly separate, and this change helped to make things seem more realistic.
Even though he creeped me out, I also found the antagonist fascinating. It was just a different kind of crime than most of the others that had been tackled by Rizzoli so far, and was a nice change of pace.