Fatal Voyage Hardcover – 19 Jul 2001
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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
'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 youll 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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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.
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.
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.
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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This is my favourite Kathy Reichs book so far, I enjoyed the dual storyline and thought the ending came together brilliantly and couldn't put the last few chapters down. Read morePublished 13 days ago by The Smith Family
Another good temperance brenhance read.
Grizzly at times but very absorbing
I bought this to keep me amused on a long solo drive. It was brilliant, it was so exciting the miles flew by and I was a bit miffed when I got to my over night stop and had to wait... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Les Rouges
I like Kathy Reichs books as they'r steeped in twists and turns and this is no exception. A thoroughly enjoyable readPublished 3 months ago by Steve