Tess Gerritsen’s first novel, “Call After Midnight” was published in 1987, followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. The publication of “Harvest” in 1996 marked her transition to writing medical thrillers and suspense novels. A complete listing of Gerritsen’s novels, in order by publication date, is available at FictionDB.com.
“Harvest” was the first of Gerritsen’s novels to make the New York Times Bestseller list, rising to number 13, and it marked her transition to worldwide success as an author. She wrote three more medical thrillers (“Life Support,” “Bloodstream” and “Gravity”) before penning “The Surgeon” - the first book featuring her popular characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. As of May 2015, she has published 13 Rizzoli & Isles novels, and a successful television adaptation of the series debuted on TNT in 2010. She also published a suspense novel called “The Bone Garden” in 2007 and a thriller, “Playing With Fire,” in 2014, both outside of the Rizzoli & Isles series.
Gerritsen’s immense success has motivated her original publisher to re-release her early romance novels, repackaged to look more like her current thrillers. The disappointed response from readers who purchased these books drove her to pen a blog post both explaining the origin of the books and subtly defending the romance genre.