Bones of the Lost: (Temperance Brennan 16)

Bones of the Lost: (Temperance Brennan 16)

Book rating: 04 Paperback Temperance Brennan

By (author) Kathy Reichs

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  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 29 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0434021164
  • ISBN 13: 9780434021161
  • Sales rank: 16,548

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The body of a teenage girl is discovered along a desolate highway on the outskirts of Charlotte. Inside her purse is the ID card of a local businessman who died in a fire months earlier. This is no ordinary hit-and-run. Who was the girl? And was she murdered? Dr Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist, must find the answers. She soon learns that a Gulf War veteran stands accused of smuggling artefacts into the country. Could there be a sinister connection between the two cases? Convinced that the girl's death was no accident, Tempe takes courageous action to find justice for the dead. But her search throws her to the centre of a conspiracy that extends from South America to Afghanistan - and places her in terrible danger.

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Kathy Reichs is vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists; a member of the RCMP National Police Services Advisory Council; forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec; and a professor of forensic anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her first book, Deja Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis award for best first novel. She has written 15 bestselling Temperance Brennan novels, the most recent include Bones Are Forever, Flash and Bones and 206 bones.

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By Marianne Vincent 07 Sep 2013 4

Bones of the Lost is the sixteenth full-length novel in the popular Temperance Brennan series by forensic anthropologist and author, Kathy Reichs. After putting her heroine into an embarrassing situation in the first chapter (thereby establishing, once again, her fallibility and humanity), Reichs goes on to involve Tempe in examining illegally imported Peruvian dog bones, an unidentified teenage hit-and-run victim, a skull found in embedded in excrement and the year-old, exhumed bones of gunshot victims. Tempe, beyond her usual remit, is determined to identify the teen and find her killer, but before she can get far with that, her ex, Pete, stirs her sense of fairness on behalf of a marine accused of murder, and she finds herself in Afghanistan. Back in Charlotte, Tempe and Slidell continue to investigate until, finally, Tempe once again jumps in without back-up and almost gets herself killed. Fans of Andrew Ryan will be disappointed in this instalment as he makes only the briefest of appearances. Pete, on the other hand, despite his looming wedding to Summer, seems to be a constant presence in Tempe's life. The plot is clever, but has a few barely credible twists, though the developing character and dialogue of Skinny Slidell, and Tempe's dry inner monologue, compensate. As always, Reichs includes some interesting facts: the effect of desert burial on bones; the effect of bullets on bone structure; the difference between ivory and bone; the results of a vehicular impact on the body; and human trafficking and sex slavery. Definitely a page-turner.

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"A rollercoaster read which sees Dr Temperance Brennan kick forensic-anthropological ass." Time Out "[a] winning formula.Bones of the Lost is as gritty and pacy as her fans have come to expect." Press Association "You'll want to keep turning the pages long after lights out to find out what happens next . Reichs' real-life expertise gives her novels an authenticity that most other crime novelists would kill for " Daily Express "With Kathy Reichs the reader knows they're in the hands of an expert" Sunday Express "Reichs' seamless blending of fascinating science and dead-on psychological portrayals, not to mention a whirlwind of a plot, make [her novels] a must read" Jeffery Deaver