Bones to Ashes

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Penguin Random House, 2007 - Anthropologists - 310 pages
Under the microscope, the outer bone surface is a moonscape of craters ... 'Preliminary diagnosis?' 'Deformity of the bone. Maybe. Cortical destruction on a metacarpal. Maybe. Localised infection? Systemic disease process? Postmortem destruction, either purposeful or natural? A combination of the above? I don't have a diagnosis ... 'The skeleton is that of a young girl, no more than fourteen years old - and forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is struggling to keep her emotions in check. Coroner Yves Bradette is being evasive, insisting the bones are ancient and of no interest. But it doesn't quite add up, and a frustrated Tempe is convinced that Bradette is hiding something ... It's not Tempe's case; she's overwhelmed with more urgent work in the lab ... But the nagging in her subconscious won't let up. A memory triggered, deep in her hindbrain - the disappearance of a childhood friend; no warning, no explanation ... Working on instinct, Tempe takes matters into her own hands. But she couldn't have predicted where this case would lead, or the horrors it would eventually uncover ... Can Tempe maintain a professional distance as the past catches up with her in this, her most deeply personal case yet?

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User Review  - lee.gabel - LibraryThing

A compelling read. A bit grisly at times, but never without reason. Some interesting twists with no loose ends. It's easy to see why this series has been so successful. Read full review

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User Review  - TVNerd95 - LibraryThing

I really didn't like Tempe in this one -- she seemed very I don't know maybe a snob. She was very quick to jump to stereotypes. I did find the case very interesting and I couldn't wait to get to the ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Kathy Reichs is vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists; a member of the RCMP National Police Services Advisory Council; forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec; and a professor of forensic anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her first book, Déjà Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis award for best first novel. She has written 15 bestselling Temperance Brennan novels, the most recent include Bones Are Forever, Flash and Bones and 206 bones.

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