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Grave Secrets

by Kathy Reichs

Simon and Schuster | July 1, 2002 | Hardcover

Grave Secrets is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
...a bone-chilling new tempe brennan novel about a decades old mass murder and a contemporary homincide

Format: Hardcover

Published: July 1, 2002

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684859734

ISBN - 13: 9780684859736

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of Technical Details Book #5 in the Temperance Brenna series I have been following this series for a very long time and for one reason or another I missed “Grave Secrets” the library had it so I seized the opportunity. This story takes us from the familiar American and Canadian locations to a village in Guatemala. Between 1962 and 1996 during the country’s civil war, a bloody massacre occurred and thousands of souls lost their lives. The story echoes Ms. Reichs’ real life experience when she was asked to be part of an international team of forensic experts to excavate a mass grave site, identify the victims and determine how they died. Temperance Brennan plays the fictional role and will soon learn first-hand what a depressing assignment it will turn out to be, politics sometimes trumps justice. We get to the heart of the story and the action picks up momentum when Tempe is pulled from the mass burial site to investigate other remains. The gravity of the situation is amplified when it is learned that many young girls are missing and Tempe quickly suspects there could be a serial killer on the loose and may even have ties to a respected Canadian ambassador. Tempe under pressure from Canadian authorities is encouraged to treat the disappearance of the young girls from Guatemala City as her new priority. Teaming up with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolomé Galiano and Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, the trio find themselves in the hot seat facing a deadly adversary where power, money, and greed are pitted against the best in police technology. After reading many novels I have come to expect lots of technical details about forensics and its related fields, this time I found myself saturated to a point I needed to skim through some. Nevertheless the plotting is quite crafty and the story very interesting although I did find the narration to have a backroom style peppered with many old clichés. The main characters are well rounded, likeable and realistic and as a diversion, Ms. Reichs added a juicy and funny love triangle and a series of red herrings to entertain us. All this said and done, this chilling mystery may not have been my favourite, however I did enjoy it.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I loved this book. Like so many of Kathy Reichs' books, it is full of mystery, detail and makes you want more. I wasn't able to put down this book. I love all the terminalogy that goes into all of her novels and makes you apart of her work. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves the "CSI" shows or even Kathy Reichs' show "Bones".
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Bone-Chilling Page-Turner! Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team of forensic experts head to Guatemala to excavate an old well where twenty-three women and children are said to have been shot, butchered, burned and buried. But some secrets are meant to be buried and sometimes the past is meant to stay dead. Grave Secrets is a story of the “desaparecidos”—the disappeared, the missing. It’s a story of black market greed and scientific advances that may prove to be to our detriment. Reichs doesn’t just write a gripping, suspenseful tale, she also strives to administer a message that is far more powerful. Yet she entertains while doing so. I found this Tempe Brennan novel to have more 'heart' than the previous novels in the series. I’ll admit, I’m a ‘Bones’ junkie—and I love the actors’ portrayal of the characters in the TV version, but in Reichs’ novels, you’ll find far more depth than in a one-hour show. Reichs is the ‘Queen of the Past’ and a writer extraordinaire. ~Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of Whale Song (2007-Kunati Books), Divine Intervention and The River
Date published: 2006-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I have read the others and I bought this as soon as it was released on paperback. Now I have to myself from buying the next one in hardcover. The author thrills, entertains, and educates you through her skillfull telling of the story. Can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2003-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another winner. Let's take a few minutes and reflect on some of the books that Kathy Reichs has written: Deja Dead, Death du Jour, Fatal Voyage. By my count, all winners and Grave Secrets is no exception. The author dwells deaper into the realm of forensic anthropology, international mystery, and finally, plays out the on and off again, love affair between Ryan and Brennan. Trust me, you won't be disappointed, I read the book in an all nighter. It's that good.
Date published: 2002-09-24

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Grave Secrets

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Hardcover

Published: July 1, 2002

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684859734

ISBN - 13: 9780684859736

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Chapter 1 "I am dead. They killed me as well." The old woman''s words cut straight to my heart. "Please tell me what happened that day." Maria spoke so softly I had to strain to catch the Spanish. "I kissed the little ones and left for market." Eyes down, voice toneless. "I did not know that I would never see them again." K''akchiquel to Spanish, then reversing the linguistic loop, reversing again as answers followed questions. The translation did nothing to blunt the horror of the recitation. "When did you return home, Señora Ch''i''p?" "A que hora regreso usted a su casa, Señora Ch''i''p?" "Chike ramaj xatzalij pa awachoch, Ixoq Ch''i''p?" "Late afternoon. I''d sold my beans." "The house was burning?" "Yes." "Your family was inside?" A nod. I watched the speakers. An ancient Mayan woman, her middle-aged son, the young cultural anthropologist Maria Paiz, calling up a memory too terrible for words. I felt anger and sorrow clash inside me like the thunderheads building on the horizon. "What did you do?" "We buried them in the well. Quickly, before the soldiers came back." I studied the old woman. Her face was brown corduroy. Her hands were calloused, her long braid more gray than black. Fabric lay folded atop her head, bright reds, pinks, yellows, and blues, woven into patterns older than the mountains around us. One corner rose and fell with the wind. The woman did not smile. She did not frown. Her eyes met no one''s, to my relief. I knew if they lingered on mine ev
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...a bone-chilling new tempe brennan novel about a decades old mass murder and a contemporary homincide

From the Jacket

It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are "the disappeared."

Forensic anthropologist for the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, Tempe is in Guatemala for a month's service to help some families identify and bury their dead. She digs in a cold, damp pit where she finds a hair clip, a fragment of cloth, a tiny sneaker. Her trowel touches something hard: the hip of a child no more than two years old.

It's heartbreaking work. Something savage happened here twenty years ago. The violence continues today. The team is packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. Two colleagues are under attack. Shots ring out, and Tempe listens in horror to a woman's screams. Then there is silence. Dead silence.

With this new violence, everything changes, both for the team and for Tempe, who's asked by the Guatemalan police for her expertise on another case. Four privileged young women have vanished from Guatemala City in recent months. One is the Canadian ambassador's daughter. Some remains have turned up in a septic tank, and Tempe unfortunately knows septic tanks.

Teaming with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolomé Galiano, and with Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who may have more than just professional reasons to join her on the case, Tempe soon finds herself in a dangerous web that stretches far beyond Guatemala's borders. The stakes are huge. As power, money, greed, and science converge, Tempe must make life-altering choices.

From cutting-edge science in the lab, where Tempe studies fetal bones and cat hair DNA, to a chilling encounter in a lonely morgue, Grave Secrets is powerful, page-turning entertainment from a crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose.

About the Author

Kathy Reichs is forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire de 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. 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 at criminal trials. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, brought Dr. Reichs fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Grave Secrets is her fifth novel featuring Temperance Brennan. Her Web site is www.kathyreichs.com

Editorial Reviews

Anne Rivers Siddons

If there is anyone as good at the forensic thriller, I don''t know who it is. Kathy Reichs''s science is cold and elegant, and her characters are warm and complex. The result is irresistible.

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