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Kathy Reichs
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23 Jun 2009 Temperance Brennan Novels (Book 11)
An underground chamber is exposed in a seedy, dilapidated house with sagging trim and peeling paint. When a careless plumber accidentally knocks through a wall, he is horrified by what he uncovers. Called to the scene is forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan. Fighting her claustrophobia, and the unmistakeable sweet, fetid odour of rotting flesh, Tempe descends the precariously steep, makeshift wooden steps. What awaits her below is a ritualistic display: slain chickens and a goat - and a skull, ghostly pale, rests on a pedestal, the lower jaw missing, the empty orbits starring back at her. The forehead is darkened by an irregular stain the exact red-brown of dried blood, and lined with remnants of desiccated tissue. Two cauldrons stand nearby, beads and antlers suspended overhead. Age, race and sex indicators confirm the skull as that of a young, black female - but how did she die, and when? Then, just as Tempe is working to determine the post-mortem interval, another body is uncovered. The corpse is headless, the torso is carved with Satanic symbols. Could there be a connection? Must Tempe face the sickening possibility that Devil-worshippers are sacrificing human victims?
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star Books; Reprint edition (23 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416525661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416525660
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,185,778 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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"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 "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 "With Kathy Reichs the reader knows they're in the hands of an expert" Sunday Express "Brennan is a winner, and so is Reichs" Daily News "A truly impressive writer" We Love This Book --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 9 Sep 2008
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I was truly looking forward to Devil Bones, but it does not seem to me to be as good as the other Brennan books. I got the feeling that it had been put together more as a precis than a full blown novel. It was still enjoyable, but the story felt rushed as though the author was just writing to fill in a gap. I only hope that the next book will return to the format I have enjoyed before, with the characters returning to a full bodied existence. Please Kathy Reichs go back to giving us that at least.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars tedious, shallow plot..... 19 Nov 2008
As always, really looking forward to the latest Tempe tome. Really wish I hadn't bothered. Characters didn't seem to care much about what was happening, and neither did I. Ryan turns up and......what happens? Well, nothing. Tempe attacked and hospitalised, does Katy turn up to see her? No. Unless you just want to collect a 'set' of Reichs novels, skip this one. Did I mention that it was also rather depressing/ Not in content, but in tone and style. Avoid.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable until the ending 7 Nov 2008
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I have been fan of Kathy Reiches' books much preferring her writing to the cruder style of Patricia Cornwell. I enjoy the detailed medico-scientific descriptions, and, in this story, I found the information about alternative religions interesting, however I've felt, particularly with recent books that they were tending to become formulaic in the way they ended with her forensic anthropologist heroine, Temperance Brennan, being in fear of her life, attacked and injured. She's supposed to be a forensic scientist not a law-enforcement officer and by repeating the same scenario in each book it becomes unbelievable and annoying. I thought the basic story was good and will continue to buy her books in the hope that Tempe will manage to get through a case without ending up in hospital! I'd welcome fewer acronyms familiar to USA readers, but not for the rest of us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and disappointing 28 April 2009
By SuzieB
This novel is alas an utter disappointment. The plot is, at best, flimsy and to make up for that Ms Reichs has "stuffed" the book with endless facts about everything from the history of Charlotte to the minutiae of anthropological techniques. I entirely agree that facts and description is essential for making a story work and scene-setting, but nevertheless a good story requires a solid plot and in this regard Devil Bones fails entirely.

I wondered in hindsight if Ms Reichs had been in danger of missing her publisher's deadline and had simply thrown the novel together, somehow as if she didn't care about Tempe either. I hope that this book is a blip and that she will return to form in the next novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened here then? 5 Feb 2009
I don't know what happened here, but this book was nothing like her others. I was so disappointed. I await every Kathy reichs novel eagerly. I love the flow of her writing and they way she manages to involve you in the life of her charachters making you feel the story.

We all know she uses technical terminology,which is one of the things I love about her books. But this book was not so much a story as a rote repeat of technical jargon.

Yes Ms. Reichs, we know you are clever and experienced, but i'm not really sure that I want to read the next book if it's going to be anything like this. For the first time ever I felt bored reading a Kathy Reichs novel.

The blurb makes it sound interesting, because usually there is story development and charachter development. In this book, the blurb is about all the storty line you get. I was so looking forward to the Tempe/Ryan steaminess, but what happened, no detective ryan, a Tempe who's fallen off the wagon, lots of self indulgent rubbish that has never been in line with how i have previously percieved the character.

Detective Ryan has gone back to his ex as his daughters in trouble. Tempe has a voodoo case, that not voodoo, then she gets drunk with an ex, gets the sack, solves the case, gets back on the wagon, and then ryan comes back, throughout which time she constantly bemoans getting old.

I hope the next one's better I really do, but if you're thinking of reading a Kathy Reichs novel for the first time, then i'd strongly recommend all the others. But not this. Avoid this at all costs. Its only worth two stars because it keeps my collection in tact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disheartened... 3 April 2009
By Bronnie
I always look forward to the next Reichs novel and always pre-order. I was really dissapointed with this, no clever spark, no great banter, it felt rushed and disjointed. It almost feels like Ms Reichs is so busy writing TV scripts for "Bones" that she has forgotten about her readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How terribly disappointing. 13 Dec 2008
Devil Bones

As an avid reader of all Kathy Reichs books I was greatly disappointed by this book. It only very loosely follows the style of her other books and gets to chapter 9 before anything starts to happen, and even then it's a real slog.
There's a tremendous amount of (unnecessary ?) technical data tossed into the early chapters of the book which I found to be distracting and unnecessary.
This book reeks of something chucked together by the author because a publishers deadline was imminent.
I also detest books that have blank pages. In this book pages 143 and 152 are blank and not even numbered. Very distracting and totally unnecessary.
All in all this book should never have been published - it needed a great deal more editing and tidying up in order to make it into one of Kathy Reichs usual good stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not the best Kathy Reich I have read. A bit long winded but still worth considering as a holiday read.
Published 16 days ago by m gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad
I adore Kathy, but I can see a write by formula evolving, not good. Come on Kathy, give little Temp something to get her teeth into, apart from Ryan!
Published 1 month ago by Lyn Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great book, really well researched, all the details make it easier to understand, and the twists are always a shock.
Published 2 months ago by Katie Blackburn
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not her best
it was a goodish read but not her best one. bit slow, bit too samey. still love the series though!
Published 3 months ago by Hanolive
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gets old or stale
Again the story was gripping and had many twists and turns to the characters and plot - another hit for KR
Published 3 months ago by Mrs SD Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some.
Not as much of the real forensic work we come to expect on her books & wishy washy story line.
Published 4 months ago by Neill Thompson Neill Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars very typical for Reichs
the plot line is very worth going through and you can never entirely figure which direction she is going to lead to
Published 5 months ago by rik
4.0 out of 5 stars Devil bones Temperance Brennan 11
a slow start but generally a good plot all the way through the book plenty of twists and turns to work your imagination
Published 6 months ago by Liz Sibley
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but .........
Not as good a read as usual from her but a good read nonetheless. Good plot, very involved so keep focused!
Published 6 months ago by loug
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