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206 Bones: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Simon & Schuster | August 25, 2009 | Hardcover

206 Bones: A Novel is rated 4.375 out of 5 by 8.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Fox television hit, Bones, returns with a spectacular new Tempe Brennan novel.

There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? 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. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. 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 conveys 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. Reichs is writing at the top of her game.

Unabridged Compact Disk Includes a Bonus MP3 CD of Kathy Reichs'' Deja Dead

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.4 × 6.42 × 1.14 in

Published: August 25, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743294394

ISBN - 13: 9780743294393

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! I absolutely love Kathy Reichs! I am always enthralled with her writing. I love reading all about the forensic side of a case. Ms. Reichs describes scenes with so much imagery and detail, leaving nothing out. She always explains terms used by anthropologists in ways that the everyday person can understand. 206 Bones was intriguing right off the bat with Dr. Temperance Brennan waking up in a cramped,dark space. First I was thinking about how creepy and claustrophobic it would be and second I thought, "Who did she piss off this time?" Tempe always seems to be stepping on toes or pushing her way through investigations because she knows she is right. It tends to rub colleagues and suspects the wrong way. The story switches back and forth between Tempe being in the tomb like encasement and the cases she was working on up until then. The fear emitted through Tempe's thoughts and reactions to being stuck somewhere left for dead were very heart wrenching and I felt her pain and her fear. The storyline this time, has multiple cases they are working, one involving a few elderly women and one involving bones found in/near a lake that are very old. Most of the story takes place in Montreal this time, though Tempe normally spends her time between Quebec and North Carolina. The elderly victims were all found in different manners and died from different causes, though Tempe and Ryan believe they are linked, they just needed to figure out how. The second case is kind of an added part to help bring to light a saboteur. I always find it interesting how Tempe is really a forensic anthropologist, but also has amazing detective skills and always seems to help her fellow detectives figure out the crimes. Tempe also had her reputation questioned as one of the top anthropologists, when someone anonymously told a family member that she messed up on a case. She knew she hadn't and this pissed her off. And along the way more of her cases were coming up with her having missed easy things, causing her to second guess her work and also her boss not being too happy with her. I thought I had it all figured out who was sabotaging her, but there was a twist I hadn't accounted for. I love when an author can completely blindside you like that. The Dr. Brennan novels are written in a way that you can pick one up, have a short explanation here and there about different characters and their background and enjoy the book. Though I am sure if they are read in order, the relationships between the different characters would probably be a much more enjoyable read. This includes coworkers as well as family and love interests. The being said, I have a fondness for the Canadian detective she works with and has had a past romantic relationship with, Andrew Ryan. The chemistry between the two continues throughout this novel even though they are no longer a couple, though it seems like Ryan is trying his best to gain her affections again. I keep rooting for Tempe to let him back into her heart.
Date published: 2010-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed the interaction among the players Is Tempe Brennan losing her mind? Or is there something more sinister going on? Is she really responsible for things disappearing and the anthropological mistakes she is making? In this novel, someone is trying to discredit and possibly oust Tempe, and is doing a moderately good job of it in the beginning but that soon escalates. Kathy Reichs has a writing style that builds the tension throughout, and drives you on to discover what you will find at the end. No disappointment there! She is accused of mishandling an autopsy by an unknown tipster. With the body exhumation she just attended she counted and bagged 206 bones, in other words all bones accounted for. But strangely when she comes to complete reconstruction of the body, and looks for the most accurate marker she knew could give a positive ID, she finds she is now down to 203 bones. Tempe is then accused of mishandling evidence; she requests that she be allowed back to the site to see if they really had been left behind, but is turned down. When the newest member of the team is allowed to recheck the exhumation site, she remarkably 'discovers' the bones. Missed diagnoses are brought to light by the oh-so-helpful young Dr. Briel, who has insinuated herself into almost everyone's work. Tempe must find out how she could have made an error worthy of a warning that "someone's out to get you". She is also beginning to doubt herself. Cases are suddenly piling up of suspected murders of elderly women, but each died in a different manner, in a different location, and over a period of years. Is there a link or not? Throw in a few old bones dredged from a lake just to bring a little more excitement into the mix and you have a number of mysteries to gnaw on.. ID'ing most will be an almost fruitless job, but Tempe is sure she is up to the task. Teaming up with her detective partner Ryan, they both link up with colleagues and associates in Chicago and other areas over the elderly deaths trying to find a common denominator other than that they are all elderly, but when they arrive in Chicago, Tempe finds herself already in hot water. With all the red herrings, sidetracks, and downright dirty tricks in this book, you just know you are going to enjoy going along for the ride. Who of the many possibilities is out to get Tempe, and just how far will he or she go? In the version of "206 Bones" I'm reviewing, there is an essay with facts and explanations of some of the things Temperance talks about which I found to be very interesting as well. I appreciated learning (in an aside), a bit more about the 1990 "Oka Crisis" that we in the west didn't hear about on the news at the time. The interaction with Tempe's family and Ryan were pure entertainment. Another great forensic mystery by a person who knows what she's talking about, Kathy Reichs.
Date published: 2010-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It just get better every time. Absolutely great. Kathy Reichs is able give her characters depth and unique individual personalities. I truly felt like I was there with Temperance buried alive, trudging through the snow covered streets and dealing with office politics.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 206 Bones Kathy Reichs at her best ! Love the way she describes the story...anyone can read her and not be a scientist, she makes it easy to understand forensics!
Date published: 2009-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from On target again Kathy Reichs is true to herself in this new novel. Her characters continue to grow and expand, and the story unfolds in page-turning suspense.
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Kathy Reichs has done it again. Temperance Brennan's character is complex and dynamic. In 206 Bones she is not only dealing with trying to solve a murder, but inter-office politics, and sort out her feelings for Andrew Ryan. A fast read, 206 Bones will keep you turning the page, to find out what happens next.
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Entry to the Series Reason for Reading: I read every new Kathy Reichs book. Comments: Tempe wakes up to realize that she is tied up and trapped within a small brick structure within complete darkness. Chapters alternate between her present situation and some relative distant past and a case she's been working where the skeletal remains of an elderly woman are recovered and linked to 2 other violent deaths of elderly women and 1 current missing persons case that fits the same descriptors. Tempe is also experiencing difficulties at work in the Quebec office with a new staff member added to the crew and each other person in a gloomy mood; then she receives a nasty note and confirms someone has tried to discredit her recently. Tempe works this second personal case to get the guy who's after her reputation behind the scenes while working on the 'grannies' case. This was a great entry in the series. I spent my holiday Monday basically doing nothing but reading the book and read it in a day. (Well I read a bit the night before in bed, too) A very exciting, compelling read. The elderly woman case was a good one and different but I did find that the book lacked Reichs' usual flare for the gruesome details. I absolutely loved the switching back to a trapped Tempe, her memory is all hazy and she can't remember the immediate past, so the reader also has no idea how she ended up this way. These bits where she mentally tries to survive and talk herself into physically surviving and trying to escape were really my favourite parts of the book. While the mystery centres around the main case of the elderly women there are also a few side stories and mysteries going on as well. And while the main case proves to be a solid mystery, one of the other mysteries that ran the whole book was rather transparent and very easy to figure out from the beginning. I was quite surprised with that. Reichs usually holds up very solid mysteries. I wish she had advanced Brennan's personal life a little further in this book but instead she kept the Tempe/Ryan relationship pretty much business only and briefly let us see into where her thoughts were with anything further, we are fully aware of where Ryan stands on the issue. The book does end on a note that lets the reader know which direction the relationship will certainly go in the next book, though. On a final note, fans will devour this one and not be disappointed. It's a solid, all-nighter read and will keep us waiting for the next book.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great addition to the Series This is the latest book in the Temperance Brennan series. As with any series with a large number of books out, there are some you like more than others. After finding the last couple of books a little disappointing, I'm happy to say that I really liked this book. Reichs is on her game with this one. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan wakes up, in a dark, enclosed space. Unable to move her hands and feet, she's confused as to how she got there. As she regains her senses, the events leading up to her awakening in the dark start to come back to her and the story enfolds from there. And a great story it is. Brennan finds herself under attack from all sides. First, based on an anonymous tip to authorities, Brennan arrives in Chicago with on-again, off-again lover, Andrew Ryan (who's currently off, but trying to get back on), where she is accused of botching the autopsy of the estranged daughter of a wealthy and influential American businessman. Then when she returns to Quebec,she finds things at the lab rather strained with the addition of a new pathologist with lofty career aspirations. When several deaths begin to look as though they are linked to the brutal murder of another elderly women, it's up to Brennan to find the truth. Unfortunately, someone is out to sabotage her every move. A well told, page turner, fans of Reichs will not be disappointed. While this is the 9th? 10th? book in the series, the story is stand alone. If you are a first timer to the series and you start here, you will have missed out on the back story of the development and downfall of Tempe's and Ryan's relationship, but Reichs gives enough back information that you won't feel lost.
Date published: 2009-08-31

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206 Bones: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.4 × 6.42 × 1.14 in

Published: August 25, 2009

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743294394

ISBN - 13: 9780743294393

About the Book

New York Times #1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs is back with her twelfth novel featuring America's favorite forensic 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
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From the Publisher

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Fox television hit, Bones, returns with a spectacular new Tempe Brennan novel.

There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? 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. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. 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 conveys 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. Reichs is writing at the top of her game.

Unabridged Compact Disk Includes a Bonus MP3 CD of Kathy Reichs'' Deja Dead

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.
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