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A Thousand Bones Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2007

Book 8 of 11 in the Louis Kincaid Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Printing edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416525874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416525875
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parrish uses his last, stunning Louis Kincaid novel (2006's An Unquiet Grave) as a jumping-off point for Kincaid's lover Joe Frye, the lone female homicide detective in the Miami-Dade Police Department. Told in flashback, Frye recounts her investigation of serial murders 13 years earlier, in 1975. Frye's uneventful rookie year in the Leelanau County, Mich., sheriff's department undergoes a drastic change with the discovery of human bones in the woods of Echo Bay. Soon, the discovery of more bones and a multitude of artifacts point police to the conclusion that the remains belong to more than one victim. Mysterious Native American glyphs carved into a tree nearby provide the lead Frye needs—if only she could decipher where they're taking her. Even after the clues fall carefully into place, revealing the killer's identity and pushing Frye into his sights, the book continues to sizzle with taut suspense and the promise of a tumultuous conclusion. Keen attention to detail and thorough character development get equal billing with scintillating thrills, giving Parrish another top-notch whodunit that just may leave fans thinking, Louis who? (July)
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"High-class suspense.... Stunningly crafted page after page, on the way to a thrilling climax." -- Linda Fairstein

Customer Reviews

The characters are all SO real and the setting so vivid.
Mary
There were so many twists and turns in this novel that it kept my interest all the way thru.
buklover
I have read all P.J. Parrish books but this by far is the best.
peggy sue

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nobizinfla on July 25, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"A Thousand Bones" gives the back-story to Louis Kincaid's girl friend.

Now a Miami cop, Jo Frye had a rough introduction to police work in her rookie year in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

It continues to haunt her and she spools the tale out to Louis.

The case involved a venal serial killer...but was uncovered by a chance finding of human bones in a secluded forest.

It is 1975 and Jo fights the good old boy network...but picks up a mentor and believer in a Michigan State Police Investigator.

As the clues are unearthed and more bones are found, Jo becomes both predator and prey.

Unable to resist "just one more chapter" I finished this exhilarating novel in two sittings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 12, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow! They've done it again! This is the start of a new series (hopefully) by the P.J. Parrish sisters. The protagonist in this one, is Joe Frye, who appears in The Killing Rain (Louis Kincaid series). She looks back to her first big case 13 years previously when she was just a rookie in Michigan. The storyline is great with a unique serial killer and the suspense keeps up through the whole book. They have expanded on Joe Frye's character, so that you get to know much more about her than was presented in The Killing Rain. This will endure her to you with both series! Hopefully we have not seen the last of Joe. This is a great book and if you haven't read the other series, you can read this one first, because it doesn't spoil the Kincaid series, but then you will want to go back and read all the Kincaid series too because you will love the authors that much!

Go get this one NOW! (it's a paperback original).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By peggy sue on September 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read all P.J. Parrish books but this by far is the best. I couldn't set it down. It's a thriller. Close the drapes and lock the doors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. BLAND on July 23, 2007
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As much as I love Louis Kincaid, this book was by far the best ever! I could not put it down, the characters are so deep and rich, and you can almost smell the woods and the dirt when they dig....and reach out to run your hand on the carvings in the trees...the suspense doesn't end, you will stay up reading all night with this one! Joe Frye is a character you won't soon forget, let's hope this is the start of many more novels in this series and with Louis Kincaid!

Incredible work ladies......Patricia Cornwell needs to look over her shoulder! Thank you for a great book! Can't wait for the next one....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bquinni on August 22, 2014
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Absolutely, positively loved this book. This was my first intro to P.J. Parrish and after reading this, RAN to get my hands on prior books. Was not disappointed. While this particular book did not star Louis Kincaid the normal lead of the books, I loved it none the less. Actually enjoyed have Joe as a lead and would like to see more books with her as the lead. Well written and kept me captivated.
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If you were hoping that the new P.J. Parrish book would be another installment in the Louis Kincaid series, you only get half your wish. Kincaid takes a minor role in this tale that stars his girlfriend, Miami homicide detective Joette Frye. Joe has grown significantly from the young rookie who worked for the Echo Bay Police Department, where even most of the veteran cops had never drawn their weapons in the line of duty. As the story of her rookie year unfolds, so does the character of this determined, capable and unique woman --- a welcome addition to this popular series.

Most of the book takes place as Joe recalls the horrific events that shattered the serenity of Echo Bay and left a town devastated. The woods around this quiet little village held not only the bones of countless victims but also the dark secrets of the monsters who buried them. It was in these woods that two boys found a human bone and triggered an investigation that would still haunt Joe 13 years later.

As we have come to expect from skilled writers, their characters draw us into the story and create a sense of urgency so vital to good police work. While Joe tends to be impulsive, her mentor seems to be overly cautious and the relationship between Joe and Detective Rafsky develops in a most satisfying way as they form a solid bond and strong partnership.

The poignancy with which Parrish (sisters Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols) deal with the parents of the girls who have gone missing over the years is another example of how the authors blend poetry with prose. On the other hand, one is overwhelmed when the mind of the perpetrator is revealed and victims are seen through the eyes of evil. Delving into the psyches of predators can be disturbing, but it definitely adds to the texture of the story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PJ Coldren VINE VOICE on September 29, 2007
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Joe Frye is the only female detective in the Miami Homicide division; this is a position she's used to being in. Her rookie days were spent as the only female in the entire Echo Bay, Michigan department. Even though it's not as bad as parts of the UP, northern Michigan is still not quite a welcoming part of the world for a woman in that kind of position, having that kind of power. Particularly twenty-five years ago, back in the mid-70's, when Joe was just starting out as a cop, and also just starting a relationship with veterinarian Brad Schaffer.

It's a nice night on the beach, and Joe has a story to tell her current boyfriend, detective Louis Kincaid. It's a long and complicated story, and not a very pretty one.

Back in 1975, a couple of kids stumble across some human bones. They aren't fresh, and they don't belong to any missing hunters. They appear to be the bones of a young woman, but that's about all that anyone can figure out. The detective on the force, Mack, is convinced that the bones belong to Annabelle Chapel, a missing girl from his days in Petoskey. Nobody else is quite as sure as Mack, who is inclined to be a little obsessive about the case.

More bones are found. There are indications that this is a serial killer case. Joe finds herself at odds with Mack, concerned about her partner Mike, and not getting along well with Brad. Still, she's truly enjoying working the case. Not so thrilled about what she's finding out, but really getting into the process of detecting.

Parrish writes lovingly and with great detail about the Leelenau area of Michigan: primarily lots of woods and some tourist towns, seasonal home to boaters and hunters, one of those places kids live to move away from. Is the killer somebody local?
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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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