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Kathy Reichs
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1 Oct 1998

Bagged and discarded, the dismembered body of a woman is discovered in the grounds of an abandoned monastery.

Dr Temperance Brennan, Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, has been researching recent disappearances in the city.

Soon she is convinced that a serial killer is at work. But when no one else seems to care, her anger forces her to take matters into her own hands. Her determined probing has placed those closest to her in mortal danger, however.

Can Tempe make her crucial breakthrough before the killer strikes again?

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (1 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099255189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099255185
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,951 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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Reichs' stunning debut thriller draws on her experience as a forensic anthropologist in North Carolina and Montreal, but it has considerably more going for it than the mere stamp of authenticity. The devil is in the details, and it is the small betraying details--the alignment of cuts in bloody bone--that convince Temperance Brennan that a series of women, murdered in different ways, were killed and dismembered by the same hand and the same saw. Knowing what she knows is one thing, but convincing her police colleagues is quite another.

Reichs skilfully depicts police canteen culture and the way it ensures that someone who is an expert outsider, not one of the lads, is always going to have to go that extra mile to prove herself and her ideas. Brennan is a toughie, though, and not too fussy about demarcation disputes. Reichs has found a way of having her cake and eating it and giving us a detective who combines professional expertise with enthusiastic amateurism. Even more compellingly, the suspense is turned up several notches when Brennan realizes that she is hunted as well as hunter--they find the killer's lair and find her photograph among his trophies... --Roz Kaveney


"Deja Dead is terrific and terrifying in its own right ... Excellent plotting, appealingly headstrong heroine and superb mastery of tension" (The Times)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deja Good ! 15 July 2007
By JimJamz
I have only recently come across Reichs and am glad I have. Having read all the Scarpetta series enjoying the most part. I thought I'd give Reichs a go. So I started at the beginning.
I found the book hard going at first trying to grasp the setting & the characters. Once half way through and the story got going I was totally gripped finding 'Tempe' a great character and the finale awesome. Look forward to now working my through the rest of the series.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - if gory! 4 Sep 2006
A great and enthralling read. A real page turner, with excellent characterisation and storyline. The only warning I would like to give is that not only the level of detail, but the horrendous acts that have taken place in the murder of the children particularly, took me well out of my comfort zone. One the one hand, this in itself is an interesting experience. On the other hand, I find this content so uncomfortable, and potentially nightmare-inducing, I do wonder if the books would be as good without it?? Nonetheless, a riveting read!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared me half to death! 25 July 2006
I decided to start reading Kathy Reichs because I fell in love with the Bones series. For a larger novel, it's only taken me three days to read it. It's a real page turner and the end of every chapter leaves you gasping for more. It terrified me more than any thriller or chiller on the telly. I guess it's more scary because you have the visual element in your own head. Reichs describes everything perfectly. Whilst I understand that another reviewer said she has no 'writing flair' I actually find that I enjoy reading the long, detailed, pathologist-worded, graphic accounts. I always wanted to be a pathologist but discovered later in life that perhaps it wasn't a job well suited to me. Reading this novel was like being the main character, feeling every emotion, being in her shoes. Fantastic!. The only problem is now that the book scared me half to death, dare I read the next installment?

I discovered quite early on in the novel that it was going to frighten me. Curled up on the sofa I kept looking over my shoulder, daring myself to continue. I wanted to know what was going to happen but every page brought me closer to a personal fear, my heart caught up in my throat, my adrenalin cursing through my body (a harder work out than any trip to the gym). I found myself checking the locks when I went to bed. Is that the sign of a good book or not? You better read it to find out....
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 8 Dec 2005
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After becoming thoroughly bored with the Scarpetta series from Patricia Cornwell I came across Kathy Reichs and although knowing nothing about the author I decided to order this book. And thank goodness I did. This book is fast paced, moving, detailed and a real page turner. I was hooked from the opening sentence. In fact, so was my boyfriend who manages to read 1 book a year - now that is saying something about how good this book is!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top class forensic thriller 4 Aug 2002
From the very first page of this book, I was drawn into the world of Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist. The combination of her personal life and her work are captivating. Each chapter leaves you wanting to know more, and the suspense builds wonderfully as she comes closer to catching the serial killer. The detailed descriptions of her forensic work are graphic but fascinating. By the time that I had finished this book I felt I knew Tempe Brennan very well and couldn't wait to read about her next case and follow her life further. This book is perfect for crime and thriller fans, who like to be absorbed completely by the plot, and kept interested from the very first to the very last page.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Flight to NY felt like 30 minutes 19 Jan 2007
I have to confess to having only just discovered Reichs. I was given 'Cross Bones' by my daughter for Christmas, and found it a thougroughly enjoyable read.

Deja Dead however was even better. I started it on a flight to New York, and the time seemed to just ebb away. Contrary to other comments, I found the narrative, even and suitably paced. The descriptions were appropriate for setting the mood and building the tension.

Towards the end, I have to agree, it had my heart pumping.

An excellent thriller. I shall be reading her other material.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb debut novel 24 Aug 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Deja Dead' is the first book in the Temperance "Tempe" Brennan series, written by Kathy Reichs. I'd never read a Reichs book before (and have never seen the TV adaptation "Bones" either) but fancied giving this series a go, mainly due to the massive amount of comparisons there are to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series, which I am a huge fan of.

The story begins when the forensic anthropologist is called out to a crime scene where a mutilated and heavily decomposed body is found. After examining the victim's bones Tempe sees similarities from some other recent cases which makes her believe that there is a possible serial killer at large. She then gathers the evidence together to try to convince detectives Claudel and Ryan of this, but this results in putting her own life and the lives of her family and friend in danger.

The book is very well written although is quite slow to begin with. During a particualar part near the middle of the book I found it to be very creepy indeed. The gore in this book is also by the bucketloads (mainly due to precise details). As this is written in first-person perspective, Tempe's character is easy to get on with with her quick dialogue, thorough descriptions and thoughts, which are both very explanatory and sometimes humorous. Tempe's relationships with Ryan and Katy (her daughter) are two that I am interested in seeing how they develop and how Reichs goes with them, as there was a maybe spark of romance with Ryan in this book and her daughter wasn't in it a great deal.

My only real complaint would be that there are perhaps a few too many characters to familiarise yourself with for a debut novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a trusted writer I like and can be assured to provide a good and thrilling read at anytime.
Published 3 months ago by moodyblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Once you start reading you will not be able to put it down! I find this with all Kathy's books I am a real fan.
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Just finished this book and enjoyed it vary much. In short it's about a forensic examiner, who usually conducts post mortems who becomes quite obsessed with what appears to be a... Read more
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Gripping book + first purchase on kindle. Very enjoyable. Quite a lot of french words that aren't explained + confuse the kindle dictionary but I'm able to woread around it.
Published 4 months ago by Miss J. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good book so far.
I have watched all of the Bones television series so far and had noticed that it is based on a real woman, so I decided to buy the first book which is this one and see how I get... Read more
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A brilliant, interesting and compelling read from start to finish.

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Published 6 months ago by Ashleigh Coe
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I much prefer Kathy Reichs to Patricia Cornwell. This story is very similar to all her others, but what I like about her is she takes you through... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Just started reading these books in order from the begining. had me hooked from the start very good right till the end!
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Classic Reichs. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Have read several of her books and been impressed by her descriptive qualities in this one
Published 8 months ago by Irene Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars brillent
its a good easy read. I couldn't put it down. I will definatly be reading the rest of the series
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