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Cross Bones: (Temperance Brennan 8)

Cross Bones: (Temperance Brennan 8) [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Reichs
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'The queen of slice 'em and dice 'em fiction- Terrific' -- Independent on Sunday

'The queen of slice 'em and dice 'em fiction... Terrific' -- Independent on Sunday

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'The queen of slice 'em and dice 'em fiction... Terrific'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (29 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jacky
I enjoyed this book until half-way through when I'm afraid I began to find the repetition of information rather boring. It appeared that the author was worried I wouldn't understand all the scientific explanations of DNA or the consequences of what the protagonists were finding and so she kept repeating the same details in differing ways. I found this rather insulting and annoying.
Also, apart from finding the murderer, which was not the most important aspect of the mystery, I felt that I learnt very little about the other, more major, enigmas in the novel.
I have read all of the other Tempe Brennan novels and have been thrilled with them and read them avidly but, unfortunately, this one I almost didn't finish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars to redress the balance. 1 Dec 2011
Not so much a review as a balancing response to the deluge of criticisms here, many of which are unfounded.

A number of reviewers complain about the improbability of the story. At the beginning of the book is a section entitled 'The Facts'. At the end of the book is a section entitled 'From the forensic files of Dr Kathy Reichs'. These readers seem to have failed to read either of these sections, both of which set out the actual historicity and factual occurrence of all the main events forming the skeleton (unavoidable pun!) of the story. Including the most improbable - the accidental find of the enshrouded bones in Jerusalem, as recently as 2000, even after the extensive archaeological digging to which the city has been subjected in modern times.

Despite always having to justify her involvement in the crime investigation, the reason for her and detective Ryan going off on this junket together are entirely plausible. Some seemingly have a hard time with their romance. So she has a sexual appetite and is enjoying the ride with Ryan - so what?! Would the same reaction be evident if it were a sexually active male protaganist?

Someone asked how anyone could hold forensic posts in both Canada and the US simultaneously - but this is if course exactly the case in the author's own life.

Someone took exception to the portrayal of the Chevra Kaddisha (the 'bone police'); they may perform a revered service, but the behaviour portrayed in the book was not exceptional, and there have certainly been far more heinous acts committed by other members of the ultra orthodox fraternity in Israel.

Yes, some of the ground covered in the detection and solution did follow a rather spiral path, but that's how some investigations proceed.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 15 July 2005
By Abigail
I'm sorry, but this really isn't up to Kathy Reichs previous novels. The plot is turgid and slow and it is difficult to warm to the one dimensional characters. In the earlier novels characterisation was much better. If this had been the first Reichs novel I had read I would not be reading any more. Definitely not a page turner.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor - never got past page 80 13 July 2006
Bad news got this to take on holiday with me - big mistake just couldn't get into it luckily I'd also taken a couple of others

What happened ? hope this was just an off day for Kathy
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skilfully constructed, but lacks oomph 2 April 2006
This is an interesting and well written thriller. From the opening murder in Canada to the denouement in Israel the action builds steadily, with lots of action, plenty of suspects and a reasonable climax. The central character, a forensic pathologist, is quite sympathetic. But for me, the plot lacked urgency. This may be because the story revolves around whether some ancient human remains might be of vital significance to world religions; and I found it hard to care either way.
Summary: an enjoyable read, especially if you like conspiracy theories and forensic detail. But not impossible to put down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a very disappointing recommendation 13 Aug 2007
Someone thrust this book into my hands urging me to read it without delay. I've never read Kathy Reichs and am not a big fan of crime but I relented neverthless and gave it a stab (no pun intended). It started off well enough but by the middle of the book I was just willing it to end. Eventually I skipped a huge chunk and went right to the end and I was glad I did. I found it difficult to follow and simply unbelievable. Of course its all subjective, but for me you should only need to work at a book if the prose and story truly deserve it and this didn't I'm afraid.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmmm 4 Mar 2007
Very disappointing book. I am a Reich's fan and I have to say that this book was easily the worst that she has written. It was not simply that the book was an attempt to popularize James Tabor's highly implausible theories about the tomb of Jesus (theories that I expect will bite the dust fairly quickly now his own book and James Cameron's movie put them in the limelight and thus they will be a target for other scholars who work in that area). What was so grievous was that the book abandoned a good story in the pursuit of explaining the theory. I could not help but feel that the success of the Da Vinci Code lay behind the decision to pursue such an agenda. But at least Da Vinci was exciting (even if its theories were nuts). This was just dull. Kathy, come home!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Further adventures of Brennan & Ryan 4 Jun 2007
I have enjoyed most of Reich's novels, but I have to say this isn't as good as the others. It's always good to catch up on the latest instalment of the Tempe Brennan/Andrew Ryan romance and we probably see them at their happiest here.

What probably disappointed me the most was the lack of realism in the plot: I'd rather hear about Charleston or Quebec than relatives of the holy family in the Holy Land.

Reich's narrative is usually based very much on dialogue, interchanged with single-sentence paragraphs. This makes for a pacey read, normally. However, in "Cross Bones" I found the increasingly elliptical style almost a parody of her normal prose.

I don't want to give up on Reichs yet. Here's hoping "Break No Bones" shows a return to form.
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