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206 Bones: (Temperance Brennan 12) [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Reichs
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The gripping Temperance Brennan novel from world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, the international no. 1 bestselling crime thriller writer and the inspiration behind the hit TV series Bones.

When Dr Temperance Brennan is accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress, a routine case swiftly turns sinister. But before Tempe can get to the one man with the information she needs, he turns up dead.

In Montreal, three elderly women are found murdered, their bodies brutally discarded. Even though the clues don’t add up, Tempe is certain of a link between their deaths and that of the heiress.

Has Tempe made grave errors, or is she being sabotaged by an unseen enemy? What is frighteningly clear is that more than just Tempe's career is at stake. Her life is also at risk.

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Temperance Brennan swims to consciousness, queasily aware that her feet are painfully tied to her hands. She finds that she is in an enclosed space, and keeps her fear at bay by remembering what she has been doing recently -- travelling with the body of an heiress to a Chicago morgue. Does this have something to do with her grim predicament? Or is it concerned with a recent phone call, an accusation of abuse of practice in the pathology lab? But the man who could have shed light on this call is dead…

With 206 Bones, we're back in the world of Kathy Reichs' resourceful forensic pathologist Dr Temperance Brennan, and it's territory that crime fiction admirers have come to love.

The relationship between Brennan and her colleague Ryan (with whom she was transporting the dead woman's remains) is as sharply handled as anything in previous Reichs novels, and that's no mean achievement -- the often caustic interaction between Tempe, her friends, relatives and colleagues has been one of the pleasures of the series. Here, the narrative has greater urgency than we’ve seen in some time; Reichs' beleaguered protagonist has to draw together the cases of three murdered women to solve a lethal mystery -- and, what’s more, she has to deal with the possibility of sabotage by a fellow member of her forensic laboratory.

Katy Reichs' debut novel Déjà Dead was as impressive a calling card as any author might aspire to. Reichs' strong-minded heroine was utterly plausible, and her creator subsequently placed her in plots that were as well-engineered as anything in the genre. Needless to say, the unflinching confrontation with the grimmer side of human behavior quickly ensured that Reichs' books were not for the squeamish, but for those with a taste for the strongest variety of crime writing, her books quickly became unmissable. And 206 Bones -- with its dark mysteries involving the bodies of dead women -- is Reichs on top form. -- Barry Forshaw


"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 "Reichs has reasserted her supremacy in the field. 206 Bones is vintage Reichs" Independent "It is becoming apparent that Reichs is not just 'as good as' Cornwell, she has become the finer writer" Daily Express

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1316 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099492385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099492382
  • ASIN: B0031RS736
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as one of only seventy-seven forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Dr Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerising forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec.

Kathy Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Kathy Reichs has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Board in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A native of Chicago, she now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Kathy Reichs's first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. All eleven of her novels have been international bestsellers. She is also a producer of the chilling hit TV series Bones. 206 Bones is her twelth novel featuring Dr Temperance Brennan.

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, but short read. 20 Aug. 2009
206 Bones sees Temperance Brennan trying to solve the murders of several elderly women, trying to save her own reputation as well as her own life. The story is mostly set in Montreal, as she uses her skills with bones to find the murderer along with her partner Andrew Ryan. The story was a good quick read, the book not being very long but the story entertaining. You had the opportunity of two whodunits, one the murderer and the other the person trying to sabotage her work. I would have preferred the story to move her relationship with Ryan on further, but maybe she is saving that for another book, and the story to generally of been longer. However really enjoyed the book and waiting for the next one.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Something missing? 1 Oct. 2009
I always look forward to the next instalment of Kathy Reichs' Tempe Brennan series. However, 206 Bones seemed to be lacking something. Tempe and Andrew Ryan are on the hunt for the killer of several elderly women. The plot is all there, with the usual twists, turns and forensic details, but sadly it left me cold. Perhaps it's because many of the usual characters didn't feature, or perhaps because the text is very heavy on dialogue. I just hope the author isn't getting tired of the series.

This is probably worth reading if you're a Kathy Reichs fan, but it's certainly not her best. If you're new to the books don't start here, read one of the early books.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping forensic science story 23 Aug. 2009
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I look forward to the next Kathy Reichs book and have read them all. I've tended to prefer her books to those of Patricia Cornwell: the latter having a more abrasive and cruder style of writing, but I think that Reichs is moving a bit closer in this regard to Cornwell. Reich's is in real life a forensic anthropologist and it shows in the authentic medical and scientific details which add to my enjoyment of her books. The gradual unravelling of how four older women died and the attempt to identify bones immersed in water for decades are the engrossing and powerful central themes of the book. Tempe Brennan's on-off relationship with detective Ryan always adds a bit of light-relief and in this book he's a central character in the final solution to what happened to some of the victims. There is another thread to the book concerning sabotaging of forensic evidence that adds to the complexity and interest but I wouldn't elaborate so not to spoil the surprise that comes near the end of the novel.

I would have given the book five stars but for a strange aspect to the construction of the book: chapters 1, 11, 27, 40 and 41 are typeset in italics. At first I thought it was supposed to be the heroine, Temperance Brennan, having a recurring nightmare and that it is a strange way to start a book as it didn't seem to have any bearing on the following chapters. Then same again at Chapters 11 and 27. The other two italicized chapters (40 and 41) were in the same vein but what I thought was a nightmare turns out to be actually happening. Maybe I'm missing something, but why presage an event that is important as part of the final denouement? Another minus point for me is, yet, again Tempe is abducted and in mortal danger connected with her work. I think the author has over-played that theme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a ho hum book 6 Nov. 2010
I'm not altogether sure about this series. They are become more and more like the Patricia Cornwall books, and that irritates me. I really don't like those books.

In this book Temperence Brennan has to help work out who the murderer of some old age pensioners are, while trying to date (as in age) some bodies in a lake (are they a family who crashed from a plan or in an old boat accident that occurred years ago) and manage some testy relations in the Quebec Coroners' Office (the old manager has gone and the staff are dealing with a new boss with a different style).

So why is this book like a Patricia Cornwall book? Well setting aside the whole forensic link, if you look at Cornwall's more recent books, Scarpetta has an increasing number of enemies as the series progresses. This trend has started here, and it's starting to irritate me. Why do authors assume that a strong female role has to have someone to actively "do them down?" Life isn't like that and their books don't have to be either.

The book is standard Reichs fair but the "us against them" feel to the book irritated me some.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot 14 Jan. 2010
206 Bones is the usual Kathy Reichs format, which is like a security blanket to me. Don't like coming out of my comfort zone as far as my fave authors are concerned. The only difference with this one was that Tempe's fate at the hands of the murderer, which usually happens in the last chapter before she's rescued by her knight in shining armour, Ryan, starts off the book, then plays in flashback mode.
I find her relationship with Ryan a bit frustrating, given that she's with him, then not, with him, then not. Why doesn't she just go for it, and to hell with the consequences? Kathy Reichs is obviously keeping the fires burning under the couple for future books, but it can be a bit annoying for the reader.
A short book which zips along nicely, but I too, like other reviewers, had the perp sussed almost from the start. This didn't detract from my enjoyment though. Bring on the next one Kathy.
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