Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 416 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in
Published: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Pocket Star
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 141652567X
ISBN - 13: 9781416525677
About the Book
The "New York Times"-bestselling author and co-producer of the FOX televisionhit "Bones" returns with a spectacular new novel featuring America's favoriteforensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan.
Read from the Book
1 Cold. Numb. Confused. I opened my eyes. To dark. Black as arctic winter. Am I dead? Obeying some limbic command, I inhaled deeply. Smells registered in my brain. Mold. Musty earth. Something organic, hinting at the passage of time. Was this hell? A tomb? I listened. Silence. Impenetrable. But no. There were sounds. Air moving through my nostrils. Blood pounding in my ears. Corpses don''t breathe. Dead hearts don''t beat. Other sensations intruded. Hardness below me. Burning on the right side of my face. I raised my head. Bitter bile flooded my mouth. I shifted my hips to relieve pressure on my twisted neck. Pain exploded up my left leg. A groan shattered the stillness. Instinctively, my body went fetal. The pounding gained volume. I lay curled, listening to the rhythm of my fear. Then, recognition. The sound had come from my own throat. I feel pain. I react. I am alive. But where? Spitting bile, I tried reaching out. Felt resistance. Realized my wrists were bound. I flexed a knee toward my chest, testing. My feet rose as one. My wrists dropped. I tried a second time, harder. Neurons again fired up my leg. Stifling another cry, I struggled to force order onto my addled thinking. I''d been bound, hands to feet, and abandoned. Where? When? By whom? Why? A memory search for recent events came up empty. No. The void in recollection was longer than that. I remembered picnicking with my daughter, Katy. But that was summer. The frigid temperature now suggested that it must be winte
From the Publisher
There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists
know them intimately, can use them to reconstruct every kind of
violent end. When Tempe finds herself regaining consciousness in
some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space-bound,
hands to feet-Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...
Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had accompanied the recently discovered
remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue.
Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy-and the
case. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman was
found in the woods, and then a third. Seamlessly weaving between
Tempe's present-tense terror as she's held captive and her memory
of the cases of these murdered women, Reichs reveals the incredible
devastation that would occur if a forensic colleague sabotaged work
in the lab. The chemistry between Tempe and Ryan intensifies as
this complex, riveting tale unfolds, proving once again, that
Reichs is the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing.
About the Author
Kathleen Joan "Kathy" Reichs is native of Chicago and 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 is currently the Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her work as a forensic anthropologists is internationally recognized since 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, done forensic work at Ground Zero in New York, and so forth. To date, she has written nine novels, which have been translated into 30 languages. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
"The science is fascinating, and every minute in the morgue with
Tempe is golden." -The New York Times Book Review