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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856867161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856867160
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,225,101 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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Kathy Reichs publishers' comparisons of her with the mega-selling Patricia Cornwell are based on the fact that more and more people (readers, critics, other writers) are calling her better than Cornwell! On the evidence of Reichs' splendid new novel, Grave Secrets the answer is yes--particularly as several recent Cornwell titles have been misfires.

Reichs' speciality is the powerfully realised female protagonist: Dr Temperance Brennan is the best of the many forensic specialists rubbing shoulders in the genre at present: she's professional (never, of course, fazed by her often grisly work), forceful in everything but her messy private life. This time, Tempe travels to the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya tracking the bodies of 23 women and children dumped in a mass grave. But while digging in the pit of death, Tempe finds the present contains further horrors: four girls have gone missing from Guatemala city--and one of them is the daughter of an ambassador. Soon Tempe is up against both a recalcitrant district attorney and municipal corruption, grimly aware that there are those who want the deaths in both the past and the present to remain a mystery.

What makes this such a distinguished addition to the Reichs library (in a class with such winners as Death du Jour) is the brilliantly realised Guatemalan locales. Not many thriller writers can evoke comparison with such masters of foreign climes as Graham Greene, but Reichs pulls it off with aplomb. The web of deceit that Dr Brennan encounters is satisfyingly tangled, and the unravelling of the mystery has all the quirky energy of Reichs at her most stylish. Perhaps future Brennan outings will have to bring in new personal elements for the heroine to avoid staleness, but Grave Secrets has everything in place for the most diverting of reading experiences. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A chilling, atmospheric thriller' -- Sunday Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "sarafield" on 30 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
Kathy Reichs writes another amazing book.
Its fast paced and quick moving and she definitely keeps you on your toes with storylines!
Dr Tempe Brennan is in Guatemala trying to uncover the bodies of many women and children dumped years ago in a mass grave. As usual something else always crops up and Tempe begins to get entwined in another case. Four girls, one an embassadors daughter, are missing and Tempe has to dig a body out of a septic tank. This scene is so well written!
As well as the trials and tribulations of the cases she is on we begin to see more of Tempes personal issues and thoughts coming through in this book. Another love interest appears and as usual Detective Ryan is still on the scene.
This is defintely worth a read and i will be pre-ordering the next installment!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Hendry VINE VOICE on 24 April 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kathy Reichs is a solid series writers, and Tempe Brennan, a solid series characters. As always, Reichs confidently grounds us in the setting, steering us through Guatemala and Montreal as though we are actually there and she is pointing out the sights, sounds, and smells as we go. There is the usual grisly description of the dead, and the accompanying forensic information that goes with that. Reichs excels in describing in plain English the details of potentially complicated and confusing subjects, but I think in this novel, more than her four previous in the series, she relies too heavily on facts and figures to fill the pages, which tends to slow down the action. Although, having said that, cliffhangers at the end of every chapter kept me turning the pages.

It would have been nice to catch up with some characters from the previous novels (Tempe somehow has close friends we've never heard of in every book, while she rarely associates with any from the ones that came before), but as the the love interest, Detective Ryan, seems to be getting more annoying each time I see him, maybe that's actually a good thing.

Overall, a good book, and an enjoyable read, but not quite in the same league as Deja Dead or Death Du Jour.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This, the fifth Tempe Brennan novel, is another excellent addition to the series which has blasted Kathy Reichs to fame.
This time, Tempe is sent to Guatemala to recover the bodies of the dead, massacred during the countries vile civil war. The people known in Guatemala as "the disappeareds". It is in the village of Chupan Ya that she uncovers 28 dead bodies, and on the way to the site, two other forensic scientists are attacked on the road, shot, and left for dead. It is the beginning of an investigation which will haunt Tempe in the coming weeks.
Shortly after, her help is saught by the local police. Four teenage girls have gone missing in Guatemala City, and one of them is the daughter of the Canadian Ambasador. Is there a serial killer at work? Soon after, a decomposing body is found in a septic tank of a local hotel, and the investigating begins in earnest.
Reichs' writing is sharp, the plotting tight and complex. Her characters are well drawn with a few choice words, and her descriptions of the dead are brilliant. Reichs' books really ring with authenticity, as she has been and done exactly the same sorts of things as her main character. This fuels the writing with realism, and a relentless compassion for the dead, which really comes out in the writing. She never lets you forget that these people walked, breathed, laughed, talked...that they used to be us.
Her forensic's are interesting, and the way she writes about them doesn't make you feel as if you're reading a textbook. (In this area, she is almost on a par with Cornwell.) However, with this book there is possibly one too many plot-strands, as they become intertwined in the mind of the reader, sometimes leading to confusion. However, careful reading does remedy this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "kendalian" on 29 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
I wish people would stop comparing Cornwell and Reichs: they write quite different kinds of books. I've read all of both their output and wouldn't dream of comparing unlike with unlike.
That's out of my system. This book is good. I suspect a fair amount of its background comes from the author's own visits to Guatamala and her work there. Characters are well-drawn, the background and settings realistic. The plot is tightly written and works at a fast, but not overly speedy, pace.
One quibble: the storyline used to get a few scenes set in Montreal is a little contrived: maybe her Canadian readers wouldn't go for a wholly Central American setting?
Compared with her other books, this scores 8 out of a possible 10 and no, I'm not revealing my 10/10 book. Enjoyable, thought provoking [it made me go and find out more about the political and human rights issues in Guatamala] and well written: buy it and have a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 July 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
With numerous film, television and stage appearances to her credit veteran actress Katherine Borowitz knows how to deliver - and deliver she does in her reading of
Kathy Reichs's fifth novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.
This time out we find Tempe in Guatemala where she is assisting in exhuming a mass grave, the final resting place of women and children who were raped and slain by soldiers during a 1982 attack on their village. No one knows for certain who is in the grave; no records were kept. To the families of those missing their loved ones have simply disappeared.
Meanwhile, in Guatemala City, where four young women have been reported missing recently, remains are found in a septic tank. Could those remains be the Canadian Ambassador's daughter? Tempe is asked for help by the Guatemalan police. But as she investigates further she finds herself almost trapped in a web of crime and coverup.
As always, Reichs, who is a forensic anthropologist herself, laces her suspenseful tale with authentic medical description. The author's expertise simply makes her stories more shudderingly real. Reichs tops the list in her genre.
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