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Dead Past (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation, No. 4) Mass Market Paperback – February 6, 2007
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Morning finds Dr Fallon and her crime scene technicians sorting through the burned home, recovering the bodies of more than thirty college students who had been attending a party there. Making this heart wrenching recovery even more difficult is the power struggle that erupts between different law enforcement agencies each wanting total control of the scene.
While the evidence is being processed, other murders occur complicating the investigation. Then information comes to light involving a twenty-year-old kidnapping. Dianne Fallon must use all the resources at her disposal to solve these somehow connected mysteries and gain justice for the victims and their families.
Connor's packs a lot of action into this novel while weaving together threads from a World War I legend, a twenty-year-old cold case, and a series of modern day murders. Especially interesting to me is her main character, quick thinking and multi talented Dr. Dianne Fallon. Connor's always includes plenty of forensic information but never bogs down the story line with too much detail. The fast pace and the shifting focus keep the reader's interest until the end.
Diane Fallon is a strong, believable character working first as head of a museum and also as a forensic anthropologist via the crime lab installed IN her museum courtesy of local politics (sound familiar? see below). Connor has hereby constructed a tenable foundation for what I hope will be a long series. Each book reveals a little more detail about the main character's history, Connor is never repetitive, nor does she ever 'spoonfeed' her readers. I enjoy occasionally having to google some esoteric piece of bone lore or look up a medical dictionary, but neither is this mandatory. The reader can always pick up the meaning from the context. In Dead Past, I got intrigued with 'crystal skulls' for example, something about which I knew nothing.
Dead Past lived up to and exceeded my expectations and I look forward with anticipation to Connor's next book, which will be released in Feb 2008. Yet another long wait and another series to add to the order list! My only slight complaint with this latest book is that it wasn't long enough!Read more ›
I would like, however, to add my voice that this is a very good book in a very good series. Diane Fallon is a very clever and resourceful character who acts quickly and decisively when the situation demands it. In fact, my only quibble is that she is a little to perfect.
But don't let that put you off reading this very good mystery which takes a handful of threads, all seeming separate, and draws them together into a n exciting conclusion.
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This is the fourth book in this series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 22 days ago by Sharon L. Barlow
If you don’t mind a level of unbelievability and extreme coincidence, then this, like the others in this series, is a decent read, but there is just so much that screams “Yeah,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by TJFox
Excellent series from Beverly. Good story line and forensics including technical / computer aspects.Published 9 months ago by Vulcan II
Great story, imprint of my fingers on my kindle, hard to put the book down, very glad to have found this author works.
Looking to reading her other works.