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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Pr; First Edition edition (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892963786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892963782
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this seamlessly plotted corker of a mystery, Edgar Award winner Elkins reprises his "skeleton detective," forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver, in a seventh outing that might well have been subtitled "Whose Bones Are These, Anyway?" Here Gideon receives an invitation to the sixth biennial "bone bash and weenie roast" of the Western Association of Forensic Anthropologists, to take place at the Whitebark Lodge in Oregon. The last WAFA conference held at the Whitebark Lodge, 10 years earlier, ended tragically when Albert Evan Jasper, irascible mentor to four of the attendees, died in a fiery bus crash on his way out of town. Or did he? As a highlight of this conference, Jasper's charred remains will be on display for viewing and study, but shortly after their unveiling, a number of alarming events occurring in rapid succession require all of Gideon's forensic powers: the bones disappear, a badly decomposed corpse is found in the woods and one of the original four attendees is murdered. What really became of Jasper and which remnants, if any, are his? Readers who like their humor dark and their gumshoes smart are sure to enjoy the "bone bash."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Oregon's anthropologist-sleuth Gideon Oliver (A Glancing Light, p. 566, etc.) and his park-ranger wife Julie are attending a conference of anthropologists at Whitebark Lodge, where ten years before Professor Albert Evan Jasper, undisputed top dog in the field, died in a fiery bus crash, at the end of another conference and amid rather mysterious circumstances. Several of the participants in that meeting are once again at Whitebark--one of them is Associate Professor Harlow Pollard, whose bludgeoned body is found in his cottage--the climax of a series of strange events seemingly tied to the past. Gideon cleverly solves the crucial element in that murder--the liveliest part of a sluggish story heavily laden with technical lore, all too rarely lightened with the author's finely honed sense of humor. Fans may be just a tad disappointed--for others, an unrewarding slog. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

I'm a former anthropologist who has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982, having won an Edgar for Old Bones, as well as a subsequent Agatha (with my wife Charlotte), and a Nero Wolfe Award. My major continuing series features forensic anthropologist-detective Gideon Oliver, "the Skeleton Detective."

Lately, I've seen myself referred to as "the father of the modern forensic mystery," and, by gosh, I think I am! Before "Fellowship of Fear," the first Gideon Oliver, published in 1982, you'd have to go back 70 years and more to Austin Freeman and his Dr. Thorndyke series. Between the two good doctors (Thorndyke and Oliver), there was only Jack Klugman's "Quincy," so far as I know, and he was a TV character.

The Gideon Oliver books have been (roughly) translated into a major ABC-TV series and have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. My work has been published in a dozen languages. Charlotte and I live on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, our marriage having survived (more or less intact) our collaboration on novels and short stories.

Although I've been a full-time writer for some time now, I also remain active in real-life forensics by serving as the forensic anthropologist on the Olympic Peninsula Cold Case Task Force.

Customer Reviews

I really like the mass market paperback format.
M. McMann
If you have ever had a series of books to which you return over and over again, then you understand how I feel about the Aaron Elkins' Gideon Oliver series.
Tom Ellzey
Elkins is one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed this book!
Tina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I adore mysteries where a man has to figure out what happened with his head rather than his fists. Elkins is a remarkably talented and intelligent individual, and his books about the "Skeleton Dectetive" are charming and fascinating. A lot like how Sherlock Holmes or a Magician, Oliver seems able to pull amazing facts off of skeletons - and even after he explains how it's done, it's still pretty amazing. With Gideon, John, and Julie - who have become some of my favorite characters - there's more of the action for everyone. An Elkins mystery is always perfect for a rainy day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Brunschwyler on November 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Gideon Oliver's wife Julie takes a more active role in this story set mostly in rural Oregon. The story has elements of a good Elkins book with another lesson in forensic anthropology. At times it is very funny and in spots is quite morbid. Although the proposed motive for the killings is unconvincing, Julie's enhanced role makes the reading worthwhile.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F.Faulkner on July 6, 2005
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I've had enough of Julie for awhile. Oh she solves it again, isn't she wonderful!? Not. And oh he loves her so much, isn't that wonderful?! Not. She so much smarter somehow than her highly-educated anthropologist husband and his experienced FBI agent friend?! Not.

This Gideon Oliver mystery installment was wonderful in its idea of an anthropologists' convention, and that the anthropologists would have such vast knowledge, and such. And the bones turning out to be whose they were was a great treat too.

But overall where was the mystery? There was no satisfaction as to the motive, no satisfaction for the reader as to the old murders themselves. The book just sort of ends quickly wrapping it all up in this lame excuse of a motive. This was probably my least favorite Aaron Elkins yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
This novel is one of the most entertaining novels I have ever read. It keeps you guessing until the last page. Some knowledge in forensic anthropology is helpful but not necessary. Well-written, characters are very well-done. The setting adds to the excitement. Great book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina on January 7, 2013
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I adore Aaron Elkin's books. I especially love the Gideon Oliver mysteries. Elkins is one of my favorite authors and I really enjoyed this book! I would highly recommend this book to any fan of mysteries. it is well written and very attention holding. A great read!
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By Mary Bolen on July 11, 2014
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love it
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Format: Kindle Edition
"Make NO bones" by Aaron Elkins.

I love this series because it is more than just another mystery to be solved. Gideon Oliver take me, the reader, step by step into the mind of the killer...that is unless Gideon himself has been duped by the killer.

That's exactly what happens in this excellent who done it. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat (to use a cliché)with your eyes glued to every word on the last 3 chapters.

I enjoy the banter between John Lau and Gideon and have become accustom to expect their relationship to perk up many conversations. Gideon's wife, Julie, brings out another side to Gideon's personality that's most welcomed.

Need I say more? Get this book and become a Gideon Oliver enthusiast.
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How about a couple of murders committed at conventions of pathologist and forensic experts, committed by one of their own who has the skills to bamboozle the others?
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