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Grave Secrets: A Novel (Temperance Brennan Novels) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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Temperance Brennan is helping her Guatemalan colleagues identify the remains of villagers who were "disappeared" 20 years ago when she's called in to consult on four more recent disappearances. Is there a serial killer loose in Guatemala City, or is the fate of the young women who've gone missing--including the daughter of the Canadian ambassador--connected to the murder of a human-rights investigator looking into the decades-old massacre? Brennan, the protagonist of Reichs's popular series, is literally hip-deep in intrigue, between the well in Chupan Ya where she unearths the bones of women and children slain in Guatemala's bloody civil war and the septic tank in the capital where the remains of one of the missing girls turn up. Tempe is a standout in crime fiction's crowded field of forensics experts--she's one of its more complex and interesting protagonists, dealing with intriguing cases that often cross national borders and a personal life that's rich in possibilities the author skillfully exploits. Tempe--and Reichs--just keep getting better. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Fans of the Temperance Brennan series will be pleased by forensic anthropologist Reichs's latest installment (after Fatal Voyage; Deadly Decisions; etc.). Grave Secrets finds Tempe plying her pathology trade in Guatemala, investigating a massacre site as a favor to a Guatemalan anthropology association. However, when her team is ambushed by gunmen, Tempe finds herself ensnared in a mesh of corruption and murder stretching from Guatemala City to Montreal, involving DAs, military thugs and kinky diplomats. Tempe finds herself drawn and trapped between the two cops investigating: her longtime Canadian suitor, Lt. Andrew Ryan, and her would-be Latin lover, agente Bartolom Galiano. That the two men know each other and are friends doesn't help the situation. When a nosy reporter looking into the massacre is gunned down before Tempe's eyes, she realizes she herself is the next likely target. As has been said before, Reichs has much in common with Patricia Cornwell, though her language is more stripped down and there is less melodrama between autopsies. Devotees of medical procedurals will appreciate the detailed descriptions of bone formation and the mechanics of bodily decomposition within a septic tank; others may not. But the author keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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As usual, complications developed and Brennan is drawn into the investigation of a number of disappearances, possibly the work of a serial killer.
Officials in this corrupt country block her efforts at identifying a body recovered from a dump site. The officials even go so far as to cremate the remains before Brennan is able to complete her work.
You won't be disappointed, there's a Quebec attachment through a pompous ambassador's missing daughter. When Brennan returns to Montreal, Ryan is drawn into this story, too. It seems Ryan's college roommate is the lead investigator Brennan is working with in Guatemala.
Twists and turns abound and you are lead through another compelling mystery. Kathy Reichs has created the only female investigator I'm interested in following. I preorder every one of her books as soon as it's announced. I wasn't disappointed withGrave Secrets.