Devil Bones

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Charlotte, North Carolina. An underground chamber is exposed in a dilapidated house... Called to the scene is forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan. In the cellar, Tempe finds a ritualistic display: slain chickens and a goat - and a skull on a pedestal, the lower jaw missing, the empty orbits staring back at her. Two cauldrons stand nearby, beads and antlers suspended overhead. The skull is that of a young, black female - but how did she die, and when? Then another body is uncovered - a headless corpse, the torso carved with satanic symbols. Citizen vigilantes blame devil-worshippers and begin a witch-hunt, intent on revenge. Tempe makes another chilling discovery, but she couldn't have predicted the shocking secrets it would uncover or the danger she is up against...

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This book did not disappoint. Like all the rest of her books I could barely put this down once I started reading it. My only slight cavil is that it takes place in Charlotte, NC not Canada but I guess ... Read full review

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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery This set up seems familiar. Another Bones book started this way. But it was a different and enjoyable story. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Kathy Reichs was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 7, 1948. She received a BA in anthropology from American University in 1971, a MA in physical anthropology from Northwestern University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University in 1975. She works as a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale in Quebec. She has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, McGill University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her work as a forensic anthropologist is internationally recognized; she has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, helped in an exhumation in the area of the highlands of southwest Guatemala, and done forensic work at Ground Zero in New York. In addition to her published academic papers and books, Reichs has written numerous works of crime fiction including Temperance Brennan series. Déjà Dead won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. She is a producer on the Fox television series Bones, which is loosely based on her own forensic career and writing. In 2015, she won the Silver Bullet Literary Award.

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