Devil Bones: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 23, 2009 - Fiction - 382 pages
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Following her most successful book to date, Kathy Reichs -- international number one bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the Fox television hit Bones -- returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Temperance Brennan encounters a deadly mix of voodoo, Santerķa, and devil worship in her quest to identify two young victims.

In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery -- a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

Nothing is clear -- neither when the deaths occurred, nor where. Was the skull brought to the cellar or was the girl murdered there? Why is the boy's body remarkably well preserved? Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans. They begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan -- "five-five, feisty, and forty-plus" -- is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this, Kathy Reichs's eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery.

With a popular series on Fox -- now in its third season and in full syndication -- Kathy Reichs has established herself as the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Devil Bones features Reichs's signature blend of forensic descriptions that "chill to the bone" (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her books phenomenal bestsellers in the United States and around the world.

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In the 11th book featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, a plumber is renovating a home when he discovers a hidden room and what looks like devol worship. There are bones and an altar with a skull at the center.
Brennan is called in and after investigating, learns that he skull is from a young girl. Her inquiry turns to finding out who the girl was and where the skull came from. She wants to discover if the skull is from a murder victim. While working on the case, Brennan works with Detective Ershine "Skinny" Slidel, a detective in the mode of Sam Spade, with few words and hard as nails.
While this case is going on, they learn of a headless body of a young boy, found by the side of a river. This body is marked by satanic symbols.
The author takes her readers on an adventure into the land of devil worship, Voodoo medicine, Wiccans and other superstitions as Brennan searches for answers. It provides an interesting and unique story with plenty of action. We also have visual scenes as if we were experiencing an episode of Bones, the TV show based on the same character.
Brennan is brought alive as a character and we see her frustrations with her job, her lonliness and her romantic interest.
Very entertaining.

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Kathy Reichs
is a board-certified forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec, a position she also held at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner State of North Carolina. A past vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, she serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. The author of numerous bestselling thrillers, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Canada.

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