Saturday, 31 August 2013

Bones of the Lost

Bones of the Lost
By Kathy Reichs

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her sixteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking.When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?

The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquitiesand the trafficking of humans?

As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father Pete is frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte. “A genius at building suspense” (Daily News, New York), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this thrilling novel.

Kathy Reichs sixteenth installment see's Dr Temperance Brennan a forensic anthropologist, looking for answers when an unidentified teenage girl is found with no clues to who she is or why she died.

The girl was brutally run over and left alone to die on a deserted street, Dr Brennan finds herself with several other cases on her hands, all vying for her attention.
Temperance also travels to Afghanistan, at the request of her ex husband Pete to investigate the death of a merine and clear the nephew of a friend of Pete's. She's also looking forward to seeing her daughter, Katy, serving in Afghanistan; Katy enlisted after her boyfriend had been killed in the same war.

Once she's back home, Tempe is annoyed to find the investigation into her Jane Doe has all but stalled. Skinny was tied up with another case, and Tempe’s extra caseload has expanded in her absence. But as things began to add up, and the investigation uncovers vital information. Tempe finds herself heading into a dangerous game of cat and deadly and terrifying that she herself is at risk.

Once again Kathy Reichs captivated me with an incredibly fast moving mystery, that had suspense, intrigue and enough twists to satisfy any die hard "Bones" fan.
There was the usual light-hearted banter dotted throughout, especially with Birdie the cat, but the twists and depth were intense. This is the 16th in the Temperance Brennan series, and it didn’t disappoint. A highly recommended murder mystery tale, especially to lovers of this series.

4 Stars

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