Novelist Gerritsen to speak at Husson

Posted April 18, 2010, at 7:33 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

The physician-turned-novelist’s appearance is sponsored by the legal studies department and the Criminal Justice Club.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gerritsen’s latest novel, “Ice Cold,” will be released June 29, according to information on her website. A television series, “Rizzoli & Isles,” featuring her characters will premiere this summer on the cable network TNT.

The show is based on Gerritsen’s characters Boston police Detective Jane Rizzoli, portrayed by Angie Harmon, and medical examiner Maura Isles, portrayed by Sasha Alexander. Both will be featured in “Ice Cold,” which takes place in a mysteriously isolated town in Wyoming, according to information on www.amazon.com.

Gerritsen, 56, of Camden began writing in 1987. Her first novel, the romantic thriller “Call After Midnight,” was quickly followed by eight suspense novels. “Harvest,” her first medical thriller, was released in 1996.

Since then, she has appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list several times. Her books have been translated into 37 languages, and more than 20 million copies have been sold around the world. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award and the Rita Award, given to mystery writers.

Gerritsen is a graduate of Stanford University. She graduated from medical school at the University of California at San Francisco. She practiced as an internist before becoming a novelist.

Now retired from medicine, Gerritsen often weaves her medical knowledge into the plots of her books.

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