Rarely has a first-time novelist made such a spectacular
international publishing debut as Kathy Reichs did with her
acclaimed forensic thriller Déjà Dead. A New York
Times bestseller, a number one bestseller in both Canada and
Britain, and winner of the prestigious Ellis Award for Best First
Novel of 1997, it was also a Main Selection of the
Book-of-the-Month Club, with foreign rights sold to nineteen
Now, in Death du Jour, the author who lives the life
she writes about extends her reach while still building on the rich
ensemble cast, page-turning suspense, and cutting-edge forensic
detail that made Déjà Dead an international sensation.
Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the
American-born Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for
the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Élisabeth
Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood,
should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in
the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the
cloistered nun''s fate.
The puzzle surrounding Sister Élisabeth Nicolet''s life and
death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning
chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe''s
professional expertise. Who were these people? What brought them to
this gruesome fate? And where are the children?
Homicide Detective Andrew Ryan, with whom Tempe has a combustive
history, joins her in the arson investigation. From the fire scene
they are drawn into the worlds of an enigmatic and controversial
sociologist, a mysterious commune, and a primate colony on a
Carolina island. Tempe is overwhelmed by the case, confused by her
mounting attraction to Ryan, and plagued by worries about her
sister Harry''s search for spiritual awakening.
Featuring the kind of forensic detail that only Kathy Reichs can
provide -- from skeletal reconstruction to insect analysis --
Death du Jour takes the reader on a riveting journey from
the morgue to the lab to the crime scene, from the warmth of a
barrier island to the frigid cold of a deadly ice storm. With this
poignant and powerful work, Kathy Reichs confirms her status as a
brilliant new crime-writing star.