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Fatal Voyage [Paperback]

Kathy Reichs
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8 May 2008

A plane crashes high in the mountains of North Carolina.

But a severed foot is discovered a good distance from the main crash site...

Forensic antrhopologiest Dr Temperance Brennan is first on the scene. The task that confronts her is a sad and sickening one, and her investigation seems to be throwing up more questions than it answers.

But when Tempe makes a discovery that raises dangerous questions, her professional standing is threatened. Convinced that another corpse lies in the woods, Tempe pits herself against a conspiracy of silence, and uncovers a shocking tale of deceit and depravity...


Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (8 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: B006RFBI08
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099307204
  • ASIN: 0099307200
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,988 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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Tempe Brennan, Kathy Reichs' forensic anthropologist heroine, often finds herself in physical jeopardy. In Fatal Voyage, her fourth outing, someone is trying to kill her and also to destroy her professional reputation with trumped-up charges of unethical behaviour.

Tempe is called in when a plane full of college athletes goes down in the remoter parts of the forests of North Carolina. She finds herself investigating a spare foot she rescued from coyotes, a foot which is significantly more decomposed than the crash victims and which has symptoms of gout, a disease most of the dead young people had no time to contract. There is a locked house and walled courtyard out in the woods that do not appear on any maps and it seems almost as if her simple knowledge of their being there has offended the powerful of the world.

As always, Kathy Reichs manages to combine a detailed knowledge of who the dead were and how they died with a profound sense of the sadness of things. This is a book that never lets us forget amid the dissections and tests for genetic markers that each human death is that of a tragic and irreplaceable human being. Tempe is one of the more attractive of the current crop of women detectives simply because she is flawed and vulnerable as well as smart, righteous and brave. Reichs never lets you forget that crime novels should acquaint us with good people as well as human evil. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The plot moves with electric force."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Kathy Reich's forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is back for her fouth time and is better than ever. Regular readers will enjoy the usual group of friends, family and cat. New readers will soon get to know these characters without feeling they have lost out by not having read Reichs previous novels.
The plot is initially centred on the site of a plane crash that Brennan is asked to attend, while salvaging remains of the crash site she is dragged into something a lot more sinister and complex than she or the reader could ever imagine. As well as trying to distance herself from the disaster for the sake of the families left behind by the tragedy, she also has to battle against a conspiracy to professionally discredit her.
Her old police ally and love interest Andrew Ryan is back on the scene as many sub plots weave around the main story line. Her cat Birdie also has a rival in the arrival of an orphaned dog, Boyd, a love/hate relationships develops.
The detailed descriptions of the technicalities used to establish the cause of the plane crash and other pathology references may be a little overwhelming, but as ever Tempe's story is gripping to the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tempe Brennan to the rescue...again! 9 Sep 2004
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It is my mission to read all of Kathy Reichs novels- this was my third! I'm not big fan of blood and guts on tv but reading it doesn't seem so bad. In this one we find our heroine making her way back from a job adn called to another, an plane crash in the woods. Everything seems straight forward - how did the plane fall from the sky but an extra body part is found-the plot thickens! I couldn't put this book down - I was desperate to find out what was going to happen, then, it dawned on me that these novel all have the same pattern. In the last couple of chapters the guy catches up with Tempe Brennan, knocks her out, ties her up, she escapes, bad guy gets caught by police and the answer becomes clear to Tempe. There are no mega twists and nothing to take your breath away. But, all in all its a pretty good read and easy going.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING READING OF THE NEW REICHS 4 Aug 2001
By A Customer
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Versatile is the word for accomplished actress Katharine Borowitz who brings a wealth of film, TV, and stage experience to her book readings. She gives pitch perfect voice to the telling of this spellbinder.
Reprising Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs presents her fourth riveting thriller. Once again her story is grounded in authenticity which only serves to validate this shocking tale.
When Tempe Brennan hears on her car radio that a plane with 88 passengers is down in the North Carolina mountains, she heads for the scene. That in itself is tragedy enough but missing body parts and cannibalism make Reichs's plot boil.
As Tempe sifts through the grisly debris she comes upon a foot that doesn't seem to belong to any of the dead. She pursues this conundrum only to find herself ousted from her job by a conniving politico who has much to hide. To save herself and her reputation Tempe has a major life endangering mystery to solve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 10 Jun 2002
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This is the second of her books that I have read and I really enjoyed it. The plot moves quickly and is unpredictable. Tempe Brennan is a really believable heroine and all the anthropology stuff is very interesting. I'm looking forward to the next one already
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read as usual 14 Nov 2001
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Kathy Reichs has a great way of intriguing the reader into the depths of criminal and anthropological understanding, intermittant with humour, and her characters are really easy to relate to. This is the fourth of her books and all four are a good read - keep them coming...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one so far 24 July 2001
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In my eyes, Fatal Voyage is Kathy Reich's best book so far. A gripping storyline with a good balance between scientific details and the story around Temperance Brennan (more realistic than ever) makes it a great read. Not recommended though if you have to board a plane shortly...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form 9 Aug 2001
After a so-so third novel, Third Decisions, Kathy Reichs has delivered another excellent crime thriller. Compared to Patricia Cornwell - and she usually is - Reichs' characters are better drawn, even the bit part players, the plots more credible and the dialogue real. In Fatal Voyage you are drawn into Temp Brennan's professional and personal world. Both are pleasingly complex. If you have not read a Reichs novel and can afford the time, start with the first in the series Deja Dead, then Death du Jour and then try this. You will be rewarded with a rich background which will help you understand Temp's actions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed 19 May 2013
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Another "Tempy" novel from Reichs, lots of action throughout, more than one story line running at the same time but they don't confuse, lots of twists throughout the story.
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Kathy Reich at her best.Great condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read. Could not put it down
typical Kathy Reichs keeps you turning the pages to the end. Thrilling, scary, spellbinding plot, kept my interest till the very end
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Published 6 months ago by David S Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Fatal voyage
Another good read by Kathy Reichs and what drew me in even more was the mention of the hellfire caves in west Wycombe, Buckinghamshire as this is very close to where I live - wow.
Published 6 months ago by Sue Jaquerod
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 6 months ago by moodyblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
One of the most gripping books ever. Such a page turner, two days and I had finished it. Second time I have read it and it's still as good as the first time.
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