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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.
As a fan of this character and crime fiction in general, I did enjoy this novel. I do have to say that the connections of the crimes and the main character do require a pretty... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kyla Welch
Few too many coincidences for my taste but good character development. I am only two books into the series but I will certainly read more.Published 22 days ago by M. Broadhurst
Love Kathy Reichs books. Her character development is perfect. Her stories bring you right in to the story. I especially liked this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Robles
I started to read the Reich's books after realizing this was what Bones was based on. And, these are very different from the TV show which is a good thing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doctor Gail
I enjoy the science but could use a little less personal/family danger. Like CSI techs getting into shootouts-pretty far from reality.Published 1 month ago by Constant Reader/Watcher
this was better than the first one. Of course, I read the current book first, so there are some things I know already, but she's good.Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Chiapa