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 surrounds Temperance Brennen getting called into a case where a body is found submerged in rather questionable circumstances. The identification seems like it should be cut and dried, except that he was already supposed to have been killed during the Vietnam war. Brennen heads over to Hawaii to work with the military's organization that identifies POW/MIA remains, only to find that there's a third set of remains that could also belong to the dead person. She has to sort out which body belongs to which identity, while also steering clear of a local Samoan gang war that she stumbled into along the way.
On the positive side, I enjoy the Brennan character. Her snide attitude and dialogue are great, and she comes across as a real person. Her interaction with the Hawaiian police was also enjoyable to watch. On the flip side, pulling Brennan into the examination of the shark victim was a little strained. I never really understood why Hadley Perry, the ME on the island, needed her assistance, even though she said she wanted "the best" to help her. Without that, the whole drug subplot doesn't happen.
Spider Bones was worth reading if you're a Kathy Reichs fan. It's not the best place to drop into her Bones series, as it's not her best book and you won't understand some of the character interactions. But taking this along on a vacation would work well.
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