‘Silent Girl’ talk

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 14, 2011

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Author Tess Gerritsen - who’ll promote her book “The Silent Girl’’ at the Barnes & Noble in Framingham tonight - says she has had more fans at her readings ever since “Rizzoli & Isles’’ started running on TNT. The TV show, which stars Angie Harmon as Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Sasha Alexander plays Rizzoli’s doctor sidekick Isles), is based on Gerritsen’s Boston-based crime novels. According to the author, the books offer a much darker look at the detective character. “My books are very dark,’’ Gerritsen (inset) said, comparing them to the cable show. “They aren’t particularly funny. And they go to places that are probably inappropriate for television.’’ Gerritsen lives in Maine and based the Jane Rizzoli series in Boston because it was an easy drive for research. “[My husband and I] drove around one day searching for places to dump bodies,’’ she told us, with a laugh. “We just don’t have a high enough murder rate in Maine.’’ She also based a new character - who appears in “The Silent Girl’’ - on Boston martial arts master Bow Sim Mark. “I’ve talked to her students, who speak of her with utter reverence.’’ Gerritsen’s appearance in Framingham is at 7 p.m.