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Product Details

  • Series: A Temperance Brennan Novel
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Printing edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439102457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102459
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (565 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Reichs draws on her experiences touring with the USO in Afghanistan for her captivating 16th novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (after 2012's Bones Are Forever). At home in Charlotte, N.C., the bone expert concludes that the death of an unidentified girl, 14 or 15 years old, was caused by foul play rather than a hit-and-run, as was previously suspected. The outraged Brennan urges homicide detective Erskine Skinny Slidell to investigate, knowing Slidell believes the girl to have been an undocumented immigrant, as well as possibly being a junkie and prostitute. Later in Afghanistan, Brennan oversees the exhumation of two unarmed Afghan villagers killed by a U.S. Marine to determine whether the victims were shot in the back or head-on. The two cases—and a third involving mummified dogs from Peru—give Reichs ample opportunity to provide detailed descriptions of forensic examinations, but it's Brennan's passionate and personal involvement that provides the excitement in this masterful tale. 6-city author tour. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.)

From Booklist

As usual, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is juggling several cases, including some mummified dog remains that could lead to a human-trafficking ring and a murdered teenage girl who was, mysteriously, carrying the ID of a prominent businessman who died five months earlier. She’s also juggling some personal issues: her daughter, grieving over the death of her boyfriend, has enlisted in the army, and Pete, the girl’s father, is pressing Tempe to sign their divorce papers. After the rather lethargic Bones Are Forever (2012), this is a return to form for Reichs, who keeps the story moving at a brisk clip but never forgets that, ultimately, we’re here to see Dr. Brennan, and she needs to slow down frequently enough for us to spend some quality time with Tempe. This is one of those megasuccessful, long-running series that has undergone distinct ups and downs over the years. Series devotees, of whom there are many, will be well pleased to ride this upward trend. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: There’s nothing like a hit TV show to help promote your new book, and there will be plenty of back-and-forthing going on between Reichs’ latest and Bones, the popular Fox series. --David Pitt

Customer Reviews

Good turns an twists that kept the pages turning the hole book.
Sean Stoddard
I am always amazed how Ms. Reichs manages to write her book about a current issue, make it interesting and impart so much information at the same time.
Sharon Redfern
It went on for way too long which seemed choppy and amateurish (I really do hate saying that).
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98 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Lowcountry Book Lover on August 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Writing this review makes me sad. I used to be such a fan of this series and recently started watching a few reruns of Bones - the title character is a mash-up of Brennan as written, Reichs herself and a fictional socially awkward anthropologist. When I saw Bones of the Lost available on Netgalley I thought this might just the kick-start I needed to pick up the series again. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.

Both the writing and the story just were not up to par.

Writing - the prologue is written in almost all simple sentences. That can be used to great effect when done properly and sparingly. It went on for way too long which seemed choppy and amateurish (I really do hate saying that). I'm not supposed to quote from an ARC and I won't but it wasn't good. A writer has such a short period at the beginning of the novel to set the tone and draw in the reader. Didn't work. Another section was written primarily with questions. The MC asking herself question after question after question. This was almost worse than the simple sentences. I wanted to kick the book and couldn't because I didn't want to damage my I-Pad.

Story - all of the little mysteries became interconnected. I know many authors feel they have to do this to make it a cohesive story. I would argue that point but will say that, again, it can work when done properly. In this case, the connections were so far-fetched and far-reaching that it did not make sense. The primary plot points were not very original either (human trafficking, war crimes, etc.) I felt that I had read it all before.

Now I'm going to rant for a second.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who becomes curious about the hit-and-run death of an unidentified teenage girl. Although the case does not require the services of a forensic anthropologist, Brennan is certain that she's more capable of solving it than the assigned homicide detective. Remarkably, the detective takes her along as he investigates, even letting her interview a witness while he sits in the car and broods. In the real world, no homicide detective would tolerate Brennan's condescending attitude or her meddling, much less follow her around like a puppy while she does all the work. Nor would he bring her along while executing a search warrant at a potentially dangerous location -- dressing her in Kevlar, no less -- particularly when he has no reason to believe the search will uncover evidence that requires inspection by a forensic anthropologist.

Even more improbable is a subplot that sends Brennan to Afghanistan, where she is tasked with determining whether a soldier shot a villager in the back a year earlier by examining the villager's skeletal remains. Brennan's daughter happens to be in the military, serving in Afghanistan. This happy circumstance allows Brennan to go shopping with her daughter in a bazaar while dodging mortar rounds. The trip to Afghanistan eventually ties into the primary plot in a way that requires the reader to swallow a series of extraordinary coincidences. I didn't. The Afghanistan interlude is utterly predictable, completely unbelievable, and much of it comes across as filler designed to pad a thin story.

On the plus side, Kathy Reichs writes the kind of clever prose that encourages readers to set aside reservations about the story and characters.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Angela Risner The Sassy Orange VINE VOICE on September 2, 2013
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I know, I said I wasn't going to read her anymore. But I guess it's similar to people who keep reading the blogs of people they hate.

The storyline starts out better than previous ones. Tempe is at home in North Carolina, and she's been brought in on the case of a young Jane Doe, as well as an ICE case involving Peruvian dog bones. She is also asked by almost-ex-husband, Pete, to consult on a case involving the son of a fellow ex-Marine, who is accused of shooting two Afghan nationals in the back. This requires Tempe to head to Afghanistan to examine the bones.

Going into this, know that I am trying to keep an open mind with Reichs. But I have to question her when she describes a character like this:

*I turned. A pink beluga filled the open doorway....Dew wore a white shirt, blue tie, and a pinstriped navy suit. A very large one.
*The high voice sounded wrong emanating from the supersize body.
*Dew shifted a lot of poundage in a surprisingly elegant manner.
*Dew and I reached my office door at the same time. Again I noticed that, despite his size, the man's every move was executed with grace and efficiency.
*Dew shifted as to lean back. Changed his mind, accurately distrusting the carrying capacity of the chair.

Gee, do you think Dew is fat? Obese? Do you think Reichs has an issue with people who are overweight?

I'm going to discuss the end of the book, so SPOILER ALERT*****

I have a feeling that Reichs is not a fan of the military either. Otherwise, why make the military guy the bad guy? Yes, it's important to raise awareness of human trafficking. But why bring our American military into it? Why now?
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More About the Author

Kathy Reichs, like her fictional creation, Temperance Brennan, is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She is Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is one of only fifty-six forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Deja Dead, her debut novel, brought her fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. In 2007 Break No Bones was short- listed for the Ellis Award for Best Novel. Kathy Reichs is the inspiration for the television drama Bones; her latest novel featuring Temperance Brennan is Devil Bones. Her newest release, 206 Bones, is due out in the summer of 2009

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