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A perplexing death in Quebec occupies Dr. Temperance Brennan in Reichs's fine 13th novel featuring the forensic anthropologist (after 206 Bones). The fingerprints of a man who died during autoerotic asphyxiation indicate that the deceased is John Charles Lowery of North Carolina, but Lowery supposedly died in Vietnam in 1968. Unsurprisingly, Lowery's father is reluctant to allow Brennan to reopen old family wounds, but she's determined to find out who's buried in Lowery's grave if Lowery died in Quebec. Brennan heads to Hawaii to seek the help of an old friend at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), whose mission is to find the remains of American war dead and bring them home. But instead of clarifying matters, Brennan's investigation only raises more questions, including parallel inquiries into a series of shark attacks and escalating island gang violence. Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist.
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ISBN-10:  1439102392
ISBN-13:  978-1439102398
Author:  Kathy Reichs
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher:  Scribner
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review by . December 05, 2010
There are numerous puzzles that must be answered as Dr. Tempe Brennan, forensic anthropologist, works at her latest endeavor.      She arrives at the scene of a drowning outside of Montreal, Canada. The victim is found in a manner that suggests an auto erotic sexual fetish.      After taking fingerprints, the victim is identified as John Lowery. What is remarkable is that U.S. authorities list Lowery as being killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam, forty …
review by . November 21, 2010
I normally rush to the library to pick up the latest Kathy Reichs novel when it comes out, but I ended up getting out of the "latest release" cycle with her writing. After skipping a few installments, I picked up her latest, Spider Bones, and settled in what I hoped would be an enjoyable read. Overall, the book was OK, but there were more than a few spots in the plot where I was questioning why certain characters were doing what they were doing...      The main plot …
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