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Bones Are Forever: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Scribner | August 28, 2012 | Hardcover

Bones Are Forever: A Novel is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX televison hit Bones, is at her brilliant best in a riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.

A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.

In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?

Heading up the investigation is Tempe’s old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman’s trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Crackling with sexual tension, whip-smart dialogue, and the startling plot twists Reichs delivers so well, Bones Are Forever is the fifteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the FOX series Bones in its eighth season and her popularity at its broadest ever, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.2 in

Published: August 28, 2012

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102430

ISBN - 13: 9781439102435

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bones getting better. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Controversial topic but not an impossibility in that life. Well written but one could get caught up in the medical jargon.Having lived in Edmonton, I found it very interesting knowing where she was talking about and could see the places in my mind's eye which gave a different perspective to the book.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worse than mediocre I did not like this book at all and will never buy another novel by Kathy Reichs. I'm amazed at the bad rap she gives Edmonton, the fluffy style of writing and the way she veers off the path of the main story. Not impressed, too much boring info about mines.
Date published: 2013-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A grabber Like most of Reichs' books, this one is no different. It grabs the reader right from the beginning through to the end. I though this was gong to be a "baby" killer but no, it's much much more once Reich takes us to Yellowknife with her two ex boy friends. Don't spend to much time trying to understand her anatomical terms, or you will tire fast.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of her best! After reading her last book, I thought maybe she was becoming too predictable in her formula of storytelling. But this book was amazing! I loved every word. It was very engaging and as someone who lives in Western Canada, I appreciated her using other parts of our great nation as the back drop for new storylines. The storyline itself was grotesque and sad if you consider the bigger picture, but I think she did an excellent job of incorporating the many topics, including infanticide, mental illness, the environment, the treatment and perception of Native people and the complicated relationships between colleagues, as well within familes. If your a fan of her books, you won't be disappointed, I absolutly recommend this to anyone. Happy Reading.
Date published: 2012-09-12

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Bones Are Forever: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.2 in

Published: August 28, 2012

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102430

ISBN - 13: 9781439102435

About the Book

Reichs, #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author and producer of the Fox hit series "Bones" delivers a riveting novel featuring a forensic anthropologist and a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption set in the high-danger world of diamond mining.

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Bones are Forever THE BABY’S EYES STARTLED ME. SO ROUND AND WHITE AND pulsing with movement. Like the tiny mouth and nasal openings. Ignoring the maggot masses, I inserted gloved fingers beneath the small torso and gently lifted one shoulder. The baby rose, chin and limbs tucked tight to its chest. Flies scattered in a whine of protest. My mind took in details. Delicate eyebrows, almost invisible on a face barely recognizable as human. Bloated belly. Translucent skin peeling from perfect little fingers. Green-brown liquid pooled below the head and buttocks. The baby was inside a bathroom vanity, wedged between the vanity’s back wall and a rusty drainpipe looping down from above. It lay in a fetal curl, head twisted, chin jutting skyward. It was a girl. Shiny green missiles ricocheted from her body and everything around it. For a moment I could only stare. The wiggly-white eyes stared back, as though puzzled by their owner’s hopeless predicament. My thoughts roamed to the baby’s last moments. Had she died in the darkness of the womb, victim of some heartless double-helix twist? Struggling for life, pressed to her mother’s sobbing chest? Or cold and alone, deliberately abandoned and unable to make herself heard? How long does it take for a newborn to give up life? A torrent of images rushed my brain. Gasping mouth. Flailing limbs. Trembling hands. Anger and sorrow knotted my gut. Focus, Brennan! Easing the miniature corpse back into place, I drew a
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Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX televison hit Bones, is at her brilliant best in a riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.

A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.

In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?

Heading up the investigation is Tempe’s old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman’s trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Crackling with sexual tension, whip-smart dialogue, and the startling plot twists Reichs delivers so well, Bones Are Forever is the fifteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the FOX series Bones in its eighth season and her popularity at its broadest ever, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.

About the Author

Kathy Reichs, like her character Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist, formerly for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and currently for the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale for the province of Quebec. Reichs’s first book, Déja Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

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"Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story."
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