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Who is Tess Gerritsen?

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Tess Gerritsen is a best-selling author of medical thrillers and romantic suspense novels. Some of her books are "Harvest," "The Surgeon" and "The Bone Garden." Her series about Jane Rizzoli is the basis for the television show "Rizzoli and Isles."

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Born to Chinese and Chinese-American parents, Gerritsen grew up in San Diego, California, dreaming of writing. She graduated from Stanford and went on to get an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. Gerritsen started writing while she was on maternity leave.

Her first books were Harlequin Intrigue romantic suspense novels. "Harvest," her first medical thriller, reached Number 13 on The New York Times best-seller list. She has since sold more than 30 million books in more than 40 countries, as of October 2015.

Her newest book, "Playing with Fire," is due for release on October 27, 2015.

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