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Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist with one of the longest commutes in fiction--from North Carolina to Montreal. She works in both places, and in this third outing (afterDéjà DeadandDeath du Jour) she manages to make a riveting (if a bit too coincidental) connection between a skull in Montreal and the partial skeleton of a teenager--dead since 1984--in North Carolina. Linking them is a 9-year-old girl shot on a Montreal street, the victim of a war among members of an outlaw motorcycle gang in eastern Canada. Another piece of the puzzle is provided by Tempe's visiting nephew, who is fascinated by the biker culture and is drawn into the mystery Tempe's trying to solve:

 

"Know anything about Slick?" asked Kit.

"He doesn't look like the pick of the litter."

"Yeah, even from that motley litter." He flipped the picture. "Heck, this guy croaked when I was 3 years old."

There were two more photos of Slick's funeral, both taken from a distance, one at the cemetery, the other on the church steps. Many of the mourners wore caps riding their eyebrows, and bandannas stretched to cover their mouths.

"The one you've got must be from a private collection." I handed Kit the other pictures. "I think these two are police surveillance photos. Seems the bereaved weren't anxious to show their faces."

The science is as accurate as the author can make it. Kathy Reichs's own background--as forensic anthropologist for the chief medical officer of North Carolina and director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec--ensures verisimilitude of place and procedure and creates a believable milieu. Fans of Patricia Cornwall will enjoy this solidly written suspense thriller, while those of a less scientific bent, who don't mind a somewhat lagging pace, will skip the details and concentrate on Reichs's fluid writing. All readers will enjoy the way Tempe puts the pieces of the puzzle, as well as the bodies, together. --Jane Adams

(Temperance Brennan Novels)
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ISBN-10:  0684859718
ISBN-13:  978-0684859712
Author:  Kathy Reichs
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Scribner
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review by . October 06, 2010
This is the third book in the series, and it's wonderful, gangs and criminals don't seem to be entertaining on first thought but as usual the story line has a theme and plenty of sleuthing to keep it juicy and interesting, before I even got to the end I was all ready rummaging through the shelves of the ocal bookstore for the next in the series, which I'm reading currently. This is one of those books where you can lose your idea of what this story is about, is it the mystery or the wonderful …
review by . August 15, 2000
Though not as polished a writer as Patricia Cornell, forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs includes even more forensic detail in her Temperance Brennan series and her forensic anthropologist protagonist is not nearly so angst ridden as Cornell's famous medical examiner.In Reichs' third book a child bystander is killed in Montreal during a continuing feud between outlaw bikers and in the course of her investigation, Brennan (forensic anthropologist in both North Carolina and Montreal) unearths bones, …
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