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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: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,021 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 Digital Download edition.

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The latest gripping thriller from world-class forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs, bestselling author of Break No Bones and Bones to Ashes --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Holmes on 9 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gamester on 19 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Myers on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SuzieB on 28 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2008
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorman on 13 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Muddlingthrough on 2 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
I really rate Kathy Reichs, having gone off Patricia Cornwall when she started to play out her persecution complexes on the page. However, I feel that Kathy's books have got worse with every new book published.

I still like the character of Tempe, but she's far more two-dimensional in this book than in any previous one. I found the plot confusing and difficult to keep straight in my head, and it read more like a research article than a novel, with far too much show-off detail about alternative religions and not enough plot and characterisation. I wonder whether Kathy has been spending too much time on the TV series Bones and not enough writing her novels? This reads like an outline sketch for a book - maybe she was hoping someone would fill in the gaps!

Finally, I found the deliberate cliff-hanger ending to each chapter far more annoying than I have before - but that could be me getting older and grumpier, I guess!

Read Deja Dead instead - it's MILES better!
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