The plot for Tess Gerritsen's medical thriller, Harvest, was inspired by a conversation with a retired detective, who had recently been to Russia. She learned from him that young orphans were disappearing from the streets of Moscow, and the police suspected that they were being transported abroad as organ donors.
Tess Gerritsen is a Chinese-American and retired physician turned novelist. Her first name originally was Terry; however, she feminized it when she started writing romance novels. Despite having debuted as a writer of romance novels, she has established herself firmly in the genre of medical thriller books. Her most recent claim to fame is the