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  • Published: 29 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780857502940
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99
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Playing with Fire




The haunting new standalone novel from Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series.

What if your child wanted you dead?

'I defy you to read the first chapter and not singe your fingers reading all the rest. It’s that compelling. It’s that good.' David Baldacci

Julia is terrified by her daughter's aggressive behaviour. Lily has changed from an angelic little girl into someone she is afraid to be alone with.

What scares Julia most, though, is that she knows why Lily is acting this way, but no-one will believe her. If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone, embarking on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice.

There Julia finds far more than just answers, and uncovers a heartbreaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation. And this discovery has put her in serious danger . . .

  • Pub date: 29 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780857502940
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Tess Gerritsen

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.

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Praise for Playing with Fire

“I defy you to read the first chapter and not singe your fingers reading all the rest. It’s that compelling. It’s that good.”

DAVID BALDACCI

“Tess Gerritsen is at the top of her game. Compelling and satisfying, this eerie, suspenseful novel had me turning the pages until the early hours.”

Paula Daly

“Deeply creepy, seriously clever.”

Sharon Bolton

“An outstanding story.”

Associated Press

“Highly original thriller...Works brilliantly well as a thriller written across two timelines, with a heartfelt back story. Really gripping stuff.”

Sunday Mirror


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