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Cross Bones: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

June 28, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Cross Bones: A Novel is rated 2.5714 out of 5 by 14.
A gripping and explosive new thriller from internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs, featuring Temperance Brennan and Detective Andrew Ryan on the trail of a modern murder and an ancient biblical mystery...
When an Orthodox Jewish man is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her it is the key to the victim''s death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, and one that could lead to the rewriting of two thousand years of religious history.
As Tempe investigates, she learns that the stranger''s picture shows bones uncovered during an archaeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that just might have been a front for the trading of black market antiquities. Along with Detective Andrew Ryan and biblical archaeologist Jake Drum, Tempe travels to Israel to probe the origins of the skeleton and the ancient crypt in which it was found. Together they make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ''s death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ''s last resting place? Are the bones in the ancient ossuary the last remnants of James, the brother of Jesus, as the inscription claims? Or has someone concocted an elaborate hoax?
Using her skills as a forensic scientist, Tempe plunges into the most controversial case of her career. The stakes have never been higher -- the more she learns, the greater the danger. And though Ryan is sexier and more engaging than ever, he may not be able to protect Tempe in this place where there seem to be so many foes.
Cross Bones, with its lightning pace, intricately plotted story, riveting and state-of-the-art forensic detail, is Kathy Reichs''s most compelling and dramatic novel yet.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 9.28 × 6.46 × 1.1 in

Published: June 28, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743233484

ISBN - 13: 9780743233484

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from How to make forensics sciences fun! I'm not a fan of religious-related novels or Da Vinci Code-style plots (I don't even want to read that), but I'm ignoring that as the story itself was good. Reichs is so precise and so intelligent about forensics and the science behind it all that I'm surprised I didn't become bored. Other than that, I'm a big fan of Bones and the deep Montreal connection and references just made this a thrill.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big Fan is Disappointed Big Time This is most certainly the weakest of Kathy Reichs' books I've read. I really didn't care for this one much. The plot revolves around an ancient Biblical mystery and was very reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code. The murder that takes place at the beginning of the book was almost an afterthought. The first 200 pages dwelt on Biblical history and the religious political intrigue of some ancient bones of which fanatical Christians, fanatical Jews or fanatical Muslims all had their own reasons to either hide or make known the truth. Around page 200, we were returned to the original murder and the case picked up and became more of what I expected from a Kathy Reichs book but I must say the forensic aspect was kept to a bare minimal. I usually enjoy the tense suspense of Temperance Brennan novels but this one was seriously lacking in that department.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too much details This author was recommended to me but I should have asked which book to buy this one definitely wasn't to my liking. Reading this novel you get an insight into forensic anthropology and biblical history. The story is slow, complex and I found it boring and over taxed with details.
Date published: 2007-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I absolutely loved every book by Kathy Reichs up until this one. It was a real disappointment compared to her previous work.
Date published: 2007-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not the best... Kathy Reich's good novel, but not the best according to me. There is one ton of information on a part of the world that I already have some difficulty deciding and I was a little lost by moment. On the other hand, I liked well the influence of the new questionings with regard to the various religions.
Date published: 2006-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reich's Best Work Yet This is definitely my favorite Kathy Reich novel. I could barely put it down. Mystery, intrigue, romance, history....great story, great book!
Date published: 2006-10-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from HMMMM......... It took me about 2 weeks to read this one because it was almost to informative. It has a good story plot, though. For anyone that has read one of Reichs' books before and liked it, you will probably love this one. I have only read this one so take my information with a grain of salt. I give this book 2 leafs.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Captivating This book is one of my favorate in the Tempe Brennan series. I particularly liked seeing how Tempe handled being thrown into the middle of a 2000 year mystery that is not only controversial but also may prove to have deadly consequences. I love how Reichs is able to combine actual "facts" with fiction and how she weaves an amazingly captivating story that keeps a readers interest right til the very end. If you're a fan of the other books featuring Tempe Brennan, this one will not disappoint you.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Hypothesis for a Mystery Book Integral to the kind of mystery that Ms Reichs excels at is the interesting hypothesis that surfaces from time to time - what if Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion. I found it was a unique concept for a mystery book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I liked the detailed descriptions of places I have never been to and the sketches of a religious community that I am not familiar with. But, I have enjoyed every Kathy Reichs book and am predisposed to think well of them and ignore any minor irritants.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Although it wasn't my favorite of Reichs' Tempe Brennan series it did come in second (with 'Monday Mourning' coming in first). There is some major character development of Tempe and the delicious Andy Ryan. It's nice to finally have a great author set her stories in Canada. Top marks for Reichs on 'Cross Bones'.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Brennan Book ever! This book lacks the usual fast paced, thrill that Kathy Reichs provides. It is boring, based on actual history and seems like something that should be used in an anthropology class versus read by mystery readers for fun. If you are looking for a good mystery book this is not it. It is anticlimatic, and i could not even finish reading it, it was so bad. A must NOT read in my opinion. Hopefully Reichs will find what made her great in the first place for the next book cause if this is all that she has left to offer, I'm moving on.
Date published: 2006-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Temperance book yet - by far!!! I read the book previous to this and thought Reichs was fantastic, read many of her books following and couldn't wait to read this one. ARGH! It is based off a true story, it is way to factual and very anti climatic, I couldn't even finish reading the whole thing it was so bad. Unless you have a deep interest in ancient history and other people's opinions on it, DO NOT READ
Date published: 2005-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast pace, realistic thriller It has an intriguing plot (Did someone discovered Jesus' and His family's bones? Was someone killed because of it?). It is conveyed in a factual, fast-pace, realistic and humorous tone. The story is delivered mostly in dialogues between the characters, and it reads like a 2-hour Law & Order episode except the protagonist travels from the forensic lab in Quebec to the tomb site in Israel. It is a pleasant, refreshing read but it does not develop the mystery and conspiracy that the plot leads me to expect, and it ends with only a mild climax. Perhaps, the auther, being in the exact profession as the protagonist herself, prefers the trade-off for its realistic and professional tone. It is not the da Vinci Code but is a solid 3-star thriller.
Date published: 2005-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected I read the book thinking that it would get better with time. But it didn't. Perhaps I was expecting too much from this book. The dialogues don't give you the impression there are two or more distinct characters with different personalities. It is not a book I enjoyed although it's really only a matter of taste.
Date published: 2005-12-13

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Cross Bones: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 9.28 × 6.46 × 1.1 in

Published: June 28, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743233484

ISBN - 13: 9780743233484

About the Book

Bestselling author and world-class forensic anthropologist Reichs pens a tale set in Montreal, North Carolina, and Israel, where a murder in the present leads to a controversial discovery in biblical archaelogy that will have vast implications for the Judeo-Christian world.

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Chapter One Following an Easter dinner of ham, peas, and creamed potatoes, Charles "Le Cowboy" Bellemare pinched a twenty from his sister, drove to a crack house in Verdun, and vanished. That summer the crack house was sold up-market. That winter the new homeowners grew frustrated with the draw in their fireplace. On Monday, February seventh, the man of the house opened the flue and thrust upward with a rake handle. A desiccated leg tumbled into the ash bed. Papa called the cops. The cops called the fire department and the Bureau du coroner. The coroner called our forensics lab. Pelletier caught the case. Pelletier and two morgue techs were standing on the lawn within an hour of the leg drop. To say the scene was confused would be like saying D-day was hectic. Outraged father. Hysterical mother. Overwrought kids. Mesmerized neighbors. Annoyed cops. Mystified firefighters. Dr. Jean Pelletier is the most senior of the five pathologists at the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale, Quebec''s central crime and medico-legal lab. He''s got bad joints and bad dentures, and zero tolerance for anything or anyone that wastes his time. Pelletier took one look and ordered a wrecking ball. The exterior wall of the chimney was pulverized. A well-smoked corpse was extracted, strapped to a gurney, and transported to our lab. The next day Pelletier eyeballed the remains and said, "ossements." Bones. Enter I, Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for Nor
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A gripping and explosive new thriller from internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs, featuring Temperance Brennan and Detective Andrew Ryan on the trail of a modern murder and an ancient biblical mystery...
When an Orthodox Jewish man is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her it is the key to the victim''s death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, and one that could lead to the rewriting of two thousand years of religious history.
As Tempe investigates, she learns that the stranger''s picture shows bones uncovered during an archaeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that just might have been a front for the trading of black market antiquities. Along with Detective Andrew Ryan and biblical archaeologist Jake Drum, Tempe travels to Israel to probe the origins of the skeleton and the ancient crypt in which it was found. Together they make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ''s death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ''s last resting place? Are the bones in the ancient ossuary the last remnants of James, the brother of Jesus, as the inscription claims? Or has someone concocted an elaborate hoax?
Using her skills as a forensic scientist, Tempe plunges into the most controversial case of her career. The stakes have never been higher -- the more she learns, the greater the danger. And though Ryan is sexier and more engaging than ever, he may not be able to protect Tempe in this place where there seem to be so many foes.
Cross Bones, with its lightning pace, intricately plotted story, riveting and state-of-the-art forensic detail, is Kathy Reichs''s most compelling and dramatic novel yet.

About the Author

Kathy Reichs is 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 for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials.

Her work as a forensic anthropologist is internationally recognized. She has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, helped identify individuals from mass graves in Guatemala, and done forensic work at Ground Zero in New York. For her work with CILHI she has identified war dead from World War II; from all of Southeast Asia – she even examined the remains from the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Editorial Reviews

"The science is fascinating, and every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden."
-- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
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