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 years earlier.
When Canadian officials notify the family, Lowery's father demands to know who is buried in his son's grave and there are questions of why would Lowery be in Canada.
The author's writing style is descriptive and the effect is that the reader slows down to enjoy what they are reading. When Tempe goes to North Carolina to exhume the body in Lowery's grave and meets the victim's father, she describes his "...eyes were what grabbed you, black as wormholes in space. His gaze seemed to laser straight into your soul.'
Brennan takes the body to Hawaii, to the U.S. military command center that tries to recover Americans who are missing from prior military actions.
In an interesting subplot, while in Hawaii, Tempe assists in identifying bones found by divers. She finds that the bones are from a missing teen and now authorities must discover if the teen's death was from a shark attack or if he was murdered.
The author deals with important issues in this novel such as the continuing effort by the government to find and identify the remains of Americans who have been lost in past conflicts. Also, there is a discussion of how servicemen who fought in the Vietnam War feel about their participation in that conflict.
Readers should enjoy the story and the manner in which Brennan solves the problems and finds the guilty people by using her intelligence and not having to resort to the violence found in many thrillers.
This is the thirteenth novel in Kathy Reichs's series and represents a good accompaniment to her popular TV show, "Bones."
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 … more