After being missing for years in the rain forests of Washington State, the skeleton of a hiker is found with a spear point lodged in his vertebra. Gideon is called in by the FBI to examine the remains and concludes that only a throw of superhuman strength could have caused the mortal wound. Was is Bigfoot? a long, lost band of primitive Indians? It's up to the famous Skeleton Detective to discover the truth.
The Dark Place should truly be the first book in the Gideon Oliver series. Here Elkins finds Gideon's true voice. The story also pertains directly to Gideon's expertise as an Anthropologist. Along for the ride is his good friend, FBI agent John Lau and the chief park ranger Julie Tendler. The burgeoning romance between Gideon and Julie is playful and well written. It's real chemistry that brings these two characters together. All in all, this Gideon Oliver story is my idea of a great cozy. Like so many other Gideon Oliver mysteries, it's a fast read, with insightful facts about anthropology, a great sense of humor, a bit of romance, and at the heart of it all-- a fascinatingly bizarre mystery.