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Fatal Voyage Hardcover – 19 Jul 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First UK Edition. edition (19 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434008303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434008308
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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'Inevitably compared with Patricia Cornwell, Reichs is actually in a different league' -- Sunday Times, July 15 2001

'Kathy Reichs is some kind of writer! Deep in Patricia Cornwell territory, she outdoes the queen ... Terrific' -- Independent on Sunday, July 15 2001

'Read this and you’ll know why the word ‘chiller’ was invented’ -- Frances Fyfield

'Reichs gets better with every book...Gritty detail, chilling atmosphere, engrossing plot - move over Patricia Cornwell' -- Woman and Home, July 2001

‘Genuinely thrilling’ -- Literary Review

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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By A Customer on 24 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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I watched the bones series on TV then decided to read the books. The only thing that resembled the TV programme was Temperance Brennans name.
But I realised straight away that I was going to have to read these books without linking them to the TV series.
If you ignore the Temperance Brennan that you know from TV you accept the book for what it is. Its a story based on the real work of Kathy Reichs who is an Anthropologist. You know that all the detailed descriptions you are reading are correct. This is what keeps you glued to the book, I have found that I am learning things about things that I never would have thought of. That along with her detailed descriptions of Montreal and North Carolina make you feel as if you are on this journey with her. Add in hunky Andy Ryan and things will get interesting as the books goes on, can't wait.
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I have previously read a few of the Temperance Brennan books and really like them. However, now I'm on to books 4 and 5 (Grave Secrets) I am realising that each book is basically exactly the same story with minor changes to players.... Which means the twists and turns in earlier books (close friend / member of family mixed up in the crime of the week, historical investigation linked with current investigation) are no longer any fun, as they are so predictable.

Plus there are some things which begin to grate in the books in general. For example, Tempe is sold as a protagonist who is to a certain extent married to her work, and therefore is reasonably assumed to be dilligent and reliable in her profession. However many of the book shave her doing things so stupid that in the real world she'd have been fired! Taking home confidential case notes whilst her nephew is staying with her and inviting friends (journalist!) over, no control over who is in her office etc. It's just a bit silly. You can't one the one hand be making out like she is the go-to expert in all things professionally and when not considered first class, it is only due to misogeny etc on the part of others, to the other hand where she is breachig so many protocols and allowing case information to go walkabout all the time. It reduces credibility for the whole book unfortunately.

In general, I will read any crime drama, and am not put off by sloppy writing, but i'm just bored of reading the same thing under different titles, so unfortunately I don't thinkI'll be buying any more Kathy Reichs...
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