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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451199693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451199690
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A cross-border investigation brings together Canadian Mountie Robert DeClerq and American detective Jenna Bond. They're searching for a madman calling himself Mephisto who has abducted and tortured two men in his search for an ancient treasure--a silver Druid medallion that is reported to reveal the secrets of Stonehenge. Mephisto lives on a remote island between Seattle and Vancouver with his sexy consort, Donella Grant, and three henchmen, known as the Druids, who rape, torture, kidnap and murder for Mephisto. Impatient with searching for the treasure by himself, Mephisto lures DeClerq and Bond into the hunt by kidnapping Nick Craven, a fellow Mountie and close friend of DeClerq. Slade (Primal Scream) intersperses the contemporary thriller with accounts of Roman gladiators, battles between Picts and Romans in ancient Britain and clan fighting in 17th-century Scotland to trace the history of the medallion. Overly didactic asides often interrupt the flow of the narrative--everything from the story of the Mounted Police to the history of doo-wop music is covered. The graphic descriptions of rape and torture will turn many stomachs, and the plot is more gruesome than scary or suspenseful. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Michael Slade is pseudonym for Jay Clarke, a Vancouver-based trial lawyer specializing in cases for the criminally insane. As both defense and Crown counsel, he has been active in over one hundred murder cases. This background provides inspiration for his series of Special X thrillers. He is the author of six previous books, including Primal Scream, Evil Eye, Ripper, Cutthroat, Ghoul, Headhunter, and Burnt Bones.

Customer Reviews

Not too difficult to put the book aside.
Mary Haunreiter
It's a shame too, because if you discount the textook-esque history sections, there's a GREAT story here.
"ghiddyz2"
Horrifying gore - but no emotional link to the characters.
Shannon

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 1, 2000
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Even as a child he accompanied his father on trips that enabled him to see many of the wonders that spice up the mundane world. He has been to Stonehenge, Salisbury, and other centers of power throughout the British Isles. He believed his father when he was told residents of Atlantis who had colonized much of their current world built these monuments. He also listened to his father who told him about the Hoard, a key that opens up the secrets that the Ancient Ones built into these artifacts. When they reach Hadrian's Wall, the boy learns finds out that the Hoard is the silver skull of a Roman soldier with a Druid medallion inside his forehead.

The boy grew into a ruthless cruel psychopath named Mephisto. His only desire is to find the Hoard in order to uncover the secrets of the Ancients. Mephisto has traced the Hoard to the Campbell clan living on San Juan Island. He abducts the members and tortures them in order to reveal their information. Though that plan fails, the clever Mephisto continues his onslaught by obtaining, through a diabolical and deadly plan, the services of the Canadian and American police forces.

Michael Slade has written an exciting, enthralling, and eerie chiller that is not for the faint of heart since it contains graphic violence. Readers who liked Harris' Silence of the Lambs will enjoy this work. The fast-paced story line is filled with descriptive details and complex heroes and villains. BURNT BONES is a complicated thriller that provides insight into Scottish and Roman history, a situation that though rare for this sub-genre, triumphantly works.

Harriet Klausner
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paul Legerski VINE VOICE on April 9, 2000
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I don't understand buying books by an author knowing it is gonna be rich in historical background. The readers who say it's bogged down apparently haven't read his other books...they are all like this. This one is great becuse of the historical teachings of Roman, Druidism, Stonehenge and Celtic myths and legends. To be able to tie that aincient history into what is going on in the present is a talent most can't pull off...but Slade does. It's got gore but more importantly the characters are real, the situations are realistic and the conclusion reached, while not 100% completed, makes sense. Slade's Special X series is one of the best out there. I mean, you ever hear of the new science called geoprofiling? I hadn't but now will be looking to study up on it. If yu like serial killer books with an intelligent twist, Slade is for you. I recommend reading all the other Slade books first to understand, more fully, the history of the Specail X division and its players. You can, however, read this book asd a stand alone and not miss anything too integral. A great novel and I look forward to the next one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Giltrud on March 9, 2000
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If you are a fan of Michael Slade and his expertise in procedurals and the macabre, you will enjoy 'Burnt Bones'. Much more streamlined in characters, Slade's latest outing focuses on Robert DeClerq and is almost void of the Special X jargon, claustrophobia, and cadre of Constables and Forensic Technicians who have developed, fleshed out and grown over the years. 'Burnt Bones' is a much straighter line story steeped with Druidic history that gives many insights into the mind of a spectacularly evil villain named Mephisto. Plus a femme fatale who could give Linda Fiorentino; in her most wicked B-movie best, a run for her money. 'Burnt Bones' has the feel of a transitional story, as well. With DeClerq still in charge, but moving to the background and his charge, Katt donning the scarlet serge and moving up the ranks. That remains to be seen. Though not as gripping, grisly, and obliquely humorous as 'Ghoul' or 'Headhunter' Slade's best in this reader's humble opinion. 'Burnt Bones' will keep you up late at night turning pages.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "angelamarie" on March 7, 2000
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I've enjoyed Michael Slade's other books, but I was sorely disappointed with Burnt Bones. He's always provided historical background in his other books but, this time, he went overboard. There was so much historical background that the murder mystery part of his book slunk into the background. I found myself skipping sections just to get back to what was happening in the present. I felt the mystery itself was an afterthought he threw in between the history lessons. And, the only character he really developed was the villain. His other characters weren't fleshed out enough to drum up much sympathy and I really missed following the case with Le Clerq. Much, much too wordy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paige Harper on March 13, 2000
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Now that "Michael Slade" is one author instead of the original three the spell binding, spine tingling, terrorific euphoria is gone. Burnt Bones was very flat, very unemotional and not as gripping as in the previous works. If you have not read any of the previous Michael Slade books and enjoyed this book, please read them. They will blow your mind away!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean Lombardo on January 16, 2003
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I agree it doesn't come close to Slade's "Ghoul," but I turned pages particulary fast with this one. Donella was one of the most memorable femme fatales I've come across, and I loved the way law enforcement agent Jenna Bond character bounced back to "get" her man. The action is strong, and the horror unimaginable (in a good way). Oh well, fellow Slade fans, we'll have to agree to disagree.
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More About the Author

Criminal lawyer MICHAEL SLADE has acted in over one hundred murder cases. His specialty is the law of insanity. He argued the last death penalty case in Canada's highest court. Backed by his forensic experience, Slade's Special X and Wyatt Rook thrillers fuse the genres of police and legal procedure, whodunit and impossible crime, suspense, history, and horror. Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words crime convention and the World Horror Convention. As Time Out puts it, "A thin line separates crime and horror, and in Michael Slade's thrillers, the demarcation vanishes altogether." Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. As Reader's Digest puts it, "The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure." For the stories behind his plots, visit Slade's Morgue at www.specialx.net.


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