my rating: 3 of 5 stars
In the 1990’s, before switching to the medical thrillers she is famous for, Tess Gerritsen published a number of romantic thrillers. Girl Missing, published in 1996 under the title Peggy Sue Got Murdered, foreshadows the currently popular Rizzoli and Isles series.
Kat Novak is a pathologist working for the greater Boston medical examiner. She’s tough, self-reliant, and something of a maverick, having grown up in the projects, and is not one to let go of suspicions easily. When three corpses turn up in her lab, each having OD’d on an unidentifiable substance, she sets out to find out what that substance is and who is distributing it. And someone among society’s elite wants to prevent her from finding out.
Girl Missing does center upon a criminal investigation, one that the police somehow have little interest in, so the pathologist does it for them. But sharing the stage is the romantic involvement that develops between Kat and Adam Quantrell, who owns a giant pharmaceutical company and fears that his stepdaughter may be the next to OD. Not particularly suspenseful, except at the end, there is little here to entice readers other than those who enjoy a lot of romance in their mysteries.