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Mortal Remains [Hardcover]

Kathy Reichs
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14 Oct 2010
Note to customers: This title was published in paperback as "Spider Bones".

When Tempe is called to the scene of an autoerotic death, she has little idea of the tangled chain of events that will follow. Because the man whose body she is examining apparently died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam 40 years before. So who is buried in the soldier's grave?

Tempe's investigations take her to Honolulu where she is caught up not only in the mystery of the unidentified body in the soldier's grave, but also dragged into investigating who, or what, killed the young men whose body parts have floated up onto a popular Hawaiian beach. And as Tempe gradually unravels the tangled threads of the mystery, it becomes clear that there are some who would rather the past stays dead and buried. And when Tempe proves difficult to frighten, they turn their attention to the person who means more to her than anyone else in the world.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; First Edition edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434014710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434014712
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,449 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's punchy, straightforward prose style and her own undoubted expertise makes her by far the best in the subcategory of inside-the-path-lab thrillers" (Literary Reiview)

"It is becoming apparent that Reichs is not just 'as good as' Cornwell, she has become the finer writer" (Daily Express)

"Brilliant... seamless blending of fascinating science and dead-on psychological portrayals, not to mention a whirlwind of a plot" (Jeffrey Deaver)

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The 13th Temperance Brennan thriller from international bestselling author, and world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.

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154 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mortal remains - spider bones 7 Nov 2010
Please be aware that Mortal Remains and Spider Bones are the same story under different titles.Not knowing I have purchased both.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remains to be seen 18 Oct 2010
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For a start, don't be confused if Amazon recommends another new Kathy Reichs book, "Spider Bones": it and "Mortal Remains" are one and the same. "Mortal Remains" (or "Spider Bones") is a mixture of the new and the old: new in the sense that the subject is up-to-date forensic science, with lots of the acronyms that she and Jeffery Deaver so love, and a didactic intent which teaches the reader a lot more than science, including the Samoan language and Hawaiian geography, though the lectures are delivered in a chatty style which makes them easy to digest. Old, because it is familiar Kathy Reichs territory, and also because the story-telling is rather old-fashioned: the plot is very convoluted with lots of false trails, and so to keep the reader up to speed characters often re-cap events, ostensibly to inform each other but actually to remind the reader what is going on; chapters often end with a teasing hint of excitement to come so the reader will keep the pages turning.

This mixture is effective enough, but for me what sets Kathy Reichs apart at the moment is the sense of humour, always bobbing below the surface, which frequently breaks through: the chatty style with which she lectures the reader has already been referred to, but there is also an ironic knowingness about what she is doing - she acknowledges the acronyms ("alphabet soup")and even refers to her character's own television series as one of her detectives interviews a suspect: "You claim to be smart. Know all about DNA. I'm sure you watch 'CSI' and 'Law and Order'. Maybe 'Bones', but that might be over your head..." With such a sentence, it is difficult not to like the author.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Duplicate 2 Nov 2010
The usual style and plot type, which is good if you like her past work (I do) but probably formulaic if you don't. Please be aware that this is "Spiderbones" renamed for the UK market so don't make the same mistake I did!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why 'Mortal Remains' and not 'Spider Bones'? 30 Oct 2010
Why on earth can't we have the same name for the same book across the world? Are people in some countries not as smart or adaptable than those in other countries? Or is this just publisher folly?
That said, I agree with other commentators that this is the most boring Brennan offering out there. I read it at great speed and will probably forget it as quickly. I found myself wishing that Tempe would act her age about her conflicting love interests. As a woman of roughly the same age I feel myself telling her to just get on with it. Oh, and smack Katy around the ears and tell her to grow up too. I look forward to the next Brennan novel and to the new series that comes out next month.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This one was merely dull 27 Feb 2011
I found this one dull and unconvincing - the alphabet soup of agencies involved didn't help nor did a slew of coincidences.

Also Tempe's love life is getting annoying - decide already. Glad I got this one from the library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Forensic Science handbook or a novel ? 26 Nov 2010
Think I've made this comment about Kathy Reichs' books before.
She has some good plot lines but then ruins the readability by overdoing the scientific explanations. A short explanation with simple wording IS necessary, but sometimes it seems that she is more interested in showing off her deep forensic knowledge to the reader, rather than keeping him interested. A pity.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So convoluted I lost interest 25 Oct 2010
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I have faithfully bought all Kathy Reichs' books and usually much enjoyed them. However, this one is a real let-down. I completely lost track of which body was which and the Hawaiian setting with its unusual names as well as the use of evermore confusing acronyms did not help either. As a consequence, the plot is hard to follow and there is little character development, too.

As Kathy Reichs acknowledges in her afterword, the book is largely based on her work with and interest in JPAC (don't ask) - nothing necessarily wrong with that but it seems to me to have clouded her judgement as to what makes an entertaining novel, let alone a readable one. Unlucky book number 13 - or perhaps she has run out of steam? (I hope the former).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst ever 14 Jan 2012
I quite enjoy her books, in part for the animal descriptions. This one was so incredibly dull I could not even finish it. Mostly lists of USArmy acronyms and procedures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read by Kathy Reichs
Published 2 days ago by MRS DOROTHY DAVIES
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 days ago by Raver
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider Bones
Inexpensive way of completing my collection of Brennan's. Highly recommended
Published 14 days ago by Chris G
3.0 out of 5 stars but at times it reads more like a tutorial on the American research...
A very strong story with lots of twists and turns, but at times it reads more like a tutorial on the American research and justice institutions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by marcusmum
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Monica Pascoal
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't think it was as good as most of her other books
Published 1 month ago by susan jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Amazing read as always Tempe gets herself into all kinds of bother as usual and still waiting for her an Ryan
Published 1 month ago by Dmod76
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great read and will keep
Did not realise that I already had this book in my collection,published as Spider Bones.Still a great read and will keep. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Duiker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Had stopped reading Reichs a couple of years ago but now back into them as per date published... good to get back to Reichs.
Published 3 months ago by Wendi
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider Bones
As good as ever. The tension rises both in relationships and the story .Change of place also adds to the storyline
Published 4 months ago by km55
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