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Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan Novels)

A book by Kathy Reichs

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Character development that keeps you addicted to the series

  • Oct 6, 2010
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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 anthropology and fascinating science info, I've been completely obsessed with reading medical thrillers for the past thirteen years or so and while this deals more with post mortem inquisition it's still a great read that satiates my hunger for that genre.

Temperance is back at what she does best, digging out bones of people who didn't die of natural causes, more of her personal life ( there are shockers, wow) and family members get involved which adds a great depth to her overall persona so I will advise to read this in order, the series is really wonderful and sucks the reader in, going at it in the right order will provide maximum satisfaction, at least for me, I plan on reading them all, not in one sitting though haha ( although I wish I could, take a month off from work and just read- hmm a crazy future project perhaps). Gang member deaths don't rouse too much sympathy, except when innocent bystanders and children die as a result of ultra violence that gets out of hand, this is where Tempe comes in. Once she finds bones of children nothing can stand in her way to avenging their death and making some sense of their horrible demise, I enjoyed this story even though the reviews were very meh.. it's a good one, the theme isn't as important as the book itself and it's a a rich one, I had a good time reading each and every page, it was hard to put down as usual. The closer she gets to the answer the more dangers she puts herself in, people who have disposed of a female skeleton are under many suspicions, her own personal life gets tangled in which makes this a dramatic and off beat book, I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves books that seem to have glue on the pages, you simply can't put them down. I'm almost done reading the next book, Fatal Voyage, and it's even better than this, Tempe gets into a hot mess of trouble and has to fight back to get her reputation, this series gets better and better, I'm enjoying it tremendously, after all this is what reading good books is all about, I say bring it on!

- Kasia S.

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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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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."

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ISBN-10: 0684859718
ISBN-13: 978-0684859712
Author: Kathy Reichs
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Scribner
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