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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434021156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434021154
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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)

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The gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Aug 2013
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Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan continues to exhibit her expertise, not just in the bone department but also in her ability to multi-task and flexibility to shift her emphasis on objective and professional issues. On top of this she has to cope with her impending divorce from Pete and her daughter's engagement in Afghanistan as a voluntary aide. Tempe is initially involved with the death of a teenage girl, seemingly hit and run. No motive is apparent.

Whilst her investigation of the girl's death is on going, Pete implores her to help his friend's son, John Gross in the military, accused of the murder of two Afghanistan civilians by a colleague. Tempe's experiences in Afghanistan are one of the highlights of the novel. The bodies are exhumed and Tempe delivers her expert findings.

Meanwhile we have an import of canine bones from Peru, a dodgy organisation, Holdings and S&S Enterprises and potential links between the teenage girl's death, South America and Afghanistan with U.S connections.

Kathy Reichs has written another intriguing story integrating Temperance Brennan's many talents and an intuitive knowledge of the cases she is dealing with backed up by her forensic expertise. Working closely with Detective 'Skinny' Slidell, he comments towards the end 'I'm the detective, you're the anthropologist', reflecting her increasing involvement and commitment to the investigative approach to her findings. Tempe Brennan does not accede.

This is well-written as expected in a Kathy Reich's suspenseful and action-packed novel as she shifts her protagonist through professional, dangerous and emotional escapades. It is not an easy book to put down. There are discoveries and surprises that may lead to the culprits for the discerning reader.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Aug 2013
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A cache of rare dog bones; a girl killed in a possible hit-and-run; and a Marine shooting of unarmed civilians in Afghanistan -and only Temperance Brennan can work out what links them all.

This is my first Kathy Reichs book and I have a slightly mixed reaction to it. Some bits, notably the section set in Afghanistan, are excellent, and feel like Reichs is passionately engaged in what she is depicting. Other bits, sadly, feel like they're written on auto-pilot. Elements of the plot have become so well-worn or are so familiar from the crime-fiction world that they remain mysterious only to Brennan and her colleagues - as readers, we're way ahead of the plot game. The plot also turns on a massively unbelievable coincidence to tie the whole thing together with a neat bow.

It seems from the Afghanistan section that Reichs can do better than this, and perhaps needs to step out of her comfort zone a little more. So this is good as a commute read: it zips along in a breezy, page-turner fashion and is easy to pick up and put down. Perhaps fans of the series will enjoy this more than the first-time reader - recommended with reservations.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By miki101.Michaela on 18 Sep 2013
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... coincidences - and neither do I.

The book starts with a very promising Prologue - and the tension is rising, but then...
The first chapter is also very interesting - but only for those who haven't ever heard or read of Tempe "Bones" Brennan before...

Temperance (Tempe) Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who investigates long-dead human remains and backs up the work of coroners with her ability of reading human bones.
When a teenager is found dead along the side of a desolate road with signs that she may have been deliberately run over and possibly sexually abused. The girl had an airline card in her bag belonging of someone who died in a fire a while ago, and Tempe had identified the remains of his fire-charred body. Because of the vulnerability of the young woman, Tempe is determined to try everything and find out what happened.

Her search is interrupted by a call for her to travel to Afghanistan (!) to exhume the bodies of two locals killed by a US Army Lieutenant during active service, who is under investigation for their murder. This sidetrack challenges Tempe's physical and emotional strengths. Because Tempe's daughter has enlisted herself in the Army and is now in Afghanistan, too; and she is heavily overworked because she pushes herself to the limit. And there will be... no, I don't spoil.

Tempe returns and then things happen that make her think that there may be a link between the two cases - the dead girl and her defense case.
Her first reaction is, as always - "I don't believe in coincidences."

But the relations between the cases are almost incredible - so at the end I have been disappointed. Because all over the plot are too much relations strewn out at random and the very showdown is almost absurd.

No, Ms Kathy Reichs - if You don't work a bit on the ideas, I really don't know if I read Your next one...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John E Tibballs on 1 Jan 2014
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A somewhat contrived story that repays the authorities who flew KR and several other thriller writers to visit a US base in Afghanistan. The coincidence by which the death introduced on the dust-jacket is resolved, is just too unlikely. Had I not been strapped in an airline seat for 13 hours, I doubt I would have read to the end; the guilty party and the gist of the ending were apparent with 100 pages to go.

Am I alone in being of the opinion that KR's stories on Temperance Brennan are more carefully composed when they are set in Quebec than when set in North Carolina?
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