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Island Of Bones (Louis Kincaid Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2004

Book 5 of 11 in the Louis Kincaid Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Louis Kincaid Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; First Pinnacle Books Printing edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786016051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786016051
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Set in the late 1980s, the newest addition to Parrish's Louis Kincaid mystery series (Thicker Than Water) lures readers in from the outset when a young woman's bullet-ridden corpse is found tangled in mangrove roots on Florida's beautiful, tropical seacoast. Kincaid, a former cop turned private investigator, is hired by a woman who fears that her father, Frank Woods, a middle-aged, nondescript librarian with murky connections to several missing women dating back as far as 35 years, may be the killer. Although all signs point to Woods's guilt, his confession and apparent suicide never sit well with Kincaid. He reluctantly teams up with Mel Landeta, a gruff but ultimately likable local police officer who's losing his eyesight, and they return to the last place Woods visited-the Island of Bones. The tension builds to a near palpable level as the pair uncover secrets that are as dark and warped as the primal landscape Parrish vividly describes. World-weary, contemplative Landeta is the perfect foil for Kincaid, a true man of action. Their camaraderie and unspoken understanding, combined with Parrish's crisp dialogue and skill at stringing out the suspense, are what make this carefully constructed mystery so absorbing.
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–After a hurricane whips into Florida, Private Investigator Louis Kincaid finds a baby's skull on the debris-filled beach. Deeply disturbed by his discovery, he begins research into identifying the child. He is also hired by a local woman to watch her father, whose behavior has been peculiar, and the police force has already taken Kincaid on to help solve a murder. Eventually, the plots converge, and the ending has surprises right up to the last page. Although the fifth in the series, this novel stands on its own. Set in the islands west of Fort Myers, it brings the heat, humidity, and insect life of the sand-and-shell environment to life. Although it deals with events dating to the early days of the Spanish settlement of Florida, the story takes place in 1987. Kincaid continues his efforts at self-definition even as he buries himself in his work. A complex person–young, African American, bright, and good at his job–he is haunted by an event in his past. Mel Landeta, his police partner, is experienced, white, and losing his eyesight. He provides the expertise Kincaid needs to refine his investigating skills, and, after much bickering, they become a working team. Full of twists, turns, and mangrove swamps, the mystery offers readers all sorts of incentives to keep the pages turning.–Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Customer Reviews

I loved the characters and the story line was really well written.
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It was so compelling and in many ways sad, but a very interesting plot twist.
Pretty good story, particularly if you have any interest in the Ft.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By nobizinfla on January 11, 2004
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While there is plenty of mystery, page-turning suspense and all the thriller aspects---more than anything, P.J. Parrish's "Island of Bones" is a marvelously intriguing tale peopled with powerfully motivated characters.
A hurricane deposits a baby's scull at PI, Louis Kincaid's beach bungalow. Days later, a woman's body washes up nearby. Are these two related to the disappearances of seven young women from the area over a thirty-five year period?
Ft. Myers Police Chief Al Horton feels Louis can be useful on the high profile case by "baby-sitting" his Chief of Detectives (Mel Landeta), who appears to be a serious burnout case.
Louis's client fears her father (librarian Frank Woods) is somehow involved with the missing women. Newspaper clippings she finds in his possession and his flight appear to confirm her worries. Is he a serial killer, where are the bodies and where is Frank?
Adroitly plotted, richly textured, a strong sense of place and smartly written, "Island of Bones" seizes the reader and keeps you immersed.
The ending is a shocker as the past melds into the present. The journey is irresistible, compelling and rings true.
Louis is a resourceful, self-reliant, persuasive lead character. As he doggedly follows the trail and clues, he learns not everyone is what they appear to be and surprising allegiances are formed.
"This place is built on skeletons, young man. Millions of humans, millions of sea animals, dead and gone. Florida is just one long island of bones."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on December 27, 2003
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I have had the pleasure of reading this book before it was available and I was blown away. From page one this book grabs you and will not let you go until the final page. The opening scene of a young woman fleeing an unknown but utterly terrifying pursuer gave me chills. I actually felt her fear and when she was shot, heard the bullet, saw her stumble and felt the rain as it dripped off her lifeless body. It just gets better from there. I actually hated the new boy on the block, Mel Landata, when he was introduced to Louis. What a pompous, self-involved idiot! Definitely hoped he would meet a very messy end. Boy was I wrong! After finding out what makes Mel tick, he became one of my favorites. Perfectly suited to be a close friend of Louis.
The perilous journey to discover who the victim was brings to light numerous similiar incidents of young women who disappear -- where they are found and their ultimate condition is both a shock and a surprise. The plotting and character development is superb. The red herrings and subterfuge so convincingly laid out you don't see the trap until it's sprang. Nobody is who you think they are -- the real evil is hidden from sight until the final and explosive end.
If I could give this book more then 5 stars I would. I can not recommend this book more highly nor state with more passion my belief it is a MUST for any fan of mystery/suspense novels. Keep them coming PJ! Journeys with Kincaid are always an exciting ride.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fjmcmm on March 19, 2004
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P.J. Parrish has once again written a great Louis Kincaid mystery/thriller. I've been hooked on Louis' story from the beginning and just continue to enjoy with each novel. He's such a fascinating, likable character, whom I enjoy reading about through each adventure. His relationship with Landetta, while at first was a bit tough going turned out to be something good for both of them. I certainly hope they come together again in future novels to solve cases. As for the story of the family on the island, after a while I kind of figured some things out, but not the "why". I never saw the "why" coming. It was so compelling and in many ways sad, but a very interesting plot twist.
For me, this isn't the best from P.J. Parrish, but it's definitely a great addition to the Louis Kincaid series. I look forward to more...hopefully soon.
Island of Bones is a winner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on November 4, 2004
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Once again Florida is recovering from the devastation of a hurricane and Private Investigator Louis Kincaid is in the midst of it. While canvassing the damage that the hurricane has left behind, Kincaid stumbles upon a baby's skull amongst the debris. The skull appears to be old. The police are too involved with regaining order after the devastation of the hurricane to care much about where the old skull came from or to whom it belonged. Yet, Kincaid seems drawn to the remains and is determined to find their origins and give the child a proper resting place.

The skull of a child isn't the only gruesome thing that washes ashore on the Florida coast; during the hurricane aftermath clean up, the police discover the body of a woman. Undermanned, the local authorities call upon Kincaid for help with the murder investigation. Just when it seems that things could not get any stranger, a woman seeks to hire Kincaid to investigate her father, whom she believes may be involved with the murder of the discovered woman. However, Kincaid soon discovers some hidden secrets of the man he is investigating that go beyond his wildest dreams. At first Kincaid believes that he has three separate cases on his hands until he slowly uncovers the shocking truth that links them all.

THE ISLAND OF BONES by P.J. Parrish is a compelling thriller that takes many delicious twists and turns. The character of Private Investigator Louis Kincaid is a refreshing change from the brooding stereotypical investigator so often found in novels. Kincaid is a complex, three - dimensional character with realistic flaws. The novel itself is also one that is outside the box of the "typical" mystery. The characters are vivid and the story line unique.
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P.J. Parrish is actually two sisters, Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols. Their books have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. The series has garnered 11 major crime-fiction awards, and an Edgar® nomination. Parrish has won two Shamus awards, one Anthony and one International Thriller competition. Her books have been published throughout Europe and Asia. Parrish's short stories have also appeared in many anthologies, including two published by Mystery Writers of America, edited by Harlan Coben and the late Stuart Kaminsky. Their stories have also appeared in Akashic Books acclaimed Detroit Noir, and in Ellery Queen Magazine. Most recently, they contributed an essay to a special edition of Edgar Allan Poe's works edited by Michael Connelly.

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