Tess Gerritsen will visit the Jesup Memorial Library on Nov. 10 with her new book, “Playing with Fire.” PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Gerritsen brings suspense to the Jesup

BAR HARBOR — International best-selling author Tess Gerritsen returns to the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

Gerritsen is the author of the “Rizzoli & Isles” books that inspired the TNT television series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Her latest book is the standalone thriller “Playing with Fire.”

gerritsen-playing-with-fireIn “Playing with Fire,” violinist Julia Ansdell is visiting Rome, and she buys a book with an unknown composition titled the “Incendio” waltz. But when she begins to play the music, her 3-year-old daughter has a violent reaction to the piece. The author of the waltz is a young man named Lorenzo who lived in Venice, Italy, before the start of World War II. His family recognizes his talent as a violinist and teams him with a young musician named Laura to compete as a duo in a local contest. Lorenzo and Laura begin to develop feelings for each other, but his Jewish heritage soon collides with their hopes and dreams. The novel jumps back and forth between the tales.

“Incendio,” the musical piece that ties the two stories together, was composed by Gerritsen, and internationally renowned violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou performs the work. At the talk, Gerritsen will play the piece and show a slideshow of pictures of Venice.

Gerristen’s books, including the 11 novels in her “Rizzoli & Isles” series, have been top-five bestsellers across the globe, have been translated into 37 languages and have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Critics have praised her novels as “pulse-pounding fun,” “scary and brilliant” and “polished, riveting prose.” “Publishers Weekly” has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen.” Visit www.tessgerritsen.com.

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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