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Readers of Kathy Reichs's cool and clever first forensic thriller Déjà Dead will recognize the ironic voice of Tempe (short for Temperance) Brennan, the North Carolina-born scientist who winds up working at the Laboratoire de Médicine Légale in Montreal. Here she bristles at the conservative attitudes of some of her Canadian colleagues.
Despite the cold weather, Tempe's workload quickly becomes heavy: the bones of a long-dead nun now up for sainthood have been moved and tampered with; a deadly house fire turns out to be arson; and a university teaching assistant disappears after joining a cult. Tempe must figure out where (and why) all the bodies are buried in the hard Canadian ground. Her investigations take her home to North Carolina, and to a strange colony living on an offshore island.
Unlike certain other writers who specialize in forensic pathology, Reichs doesn't revel in the horror of death or rub our noses in gore: she uses the science of death to reveal rather than to shock or startle. It definitely makes for easier reading--especially at mealtimes. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The series gets better with every book I have read.
I have read several of Kathy Reichs' books and pretty much loved them all, but this one had just too many coincidences to make this one the least bit believable.
A cast of great characters, some great writing, a great atmopshere, great forensic detail, and a brilliant plot make this book well worth a read.
I recommend all of the Temperence Brennan novels. The novels are easy to read or listen too. I always learn something about a subject I know absolutely nothing about, Forensic... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Valery Ptacek
good story but way too much time spent on unimportant background chatterPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite TV show. As you know, books don't always relate well to the subsequent TV or movie, but these are very enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by J. Pondexter
Plenty of action and mystery, a few surprises, foreshadowing a little obvious. It's apparent this was one of Kathy Reichs' earlier books as her writing has improved with time and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gayle Julien
Excellent read. I didn't want to put it down. I had to make myself quit reading at night.Published 2 months ago by Faye Fielder
Even though the character admits the coincidences are over the top, it doesn't change the fact that it's a bit off putting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dfbsjf