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Spider Bones: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Simon & Schuster | August 24, 2010 | Hardcover

Spider Bones: A Novel is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
Kathy Reichs—#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—returns with the thirteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan.

 

John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

 

Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery’s grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis—to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military’s Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how “ex” is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery’s dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies—all identified as Lowery.

 

And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu’s flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?

 

A complex and riveting tale of deceit and murder unfolds in this, the thirteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones now in its fifth season and in full syndication—and her most recent novel, 206 Bones, an instant New York Times bestseller—Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102392

ISBN - 13: 9781439102398

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from written by and for an adolescent mind This book seems to be a segue into her book viral directed at adolescents. Much of the dialogue and most of the book was written like a Facebook entry or blog, unfocused and rather childish. It was becoming like Bones, which I enjoyed for the first few years, but which became too cutie pie to watch over the last two years. Many of the dialogue lines were more like cheap shots at a club than speaking worthy of the author of the first few books in this series. Only the final chapter was worth reading, as it had real sentences and real idea development. The book appears to have been written in a hurry. Kathy, remember the adults who liked your first few books, and write for them again sometime.
Date published: 2010-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shark Attack Leftovers and MIA Vietnam Remains Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Kathy Reichs is in top form with this latest entry in the Tempe Brennan series. The first chapter starts out with an obscure and uncomfortable crime scene and continues on from there with an intricate mystery. One case leads to another, a fresh body leads to skeletal remains and soon Tempe and Ryan are trying to identify and determine the deaths of several bodies which send them to Hawaii. Tempe then finds herself called in by the local ME to help identify some odds & ends of human remains found from shark attacks. The addition of both daughters for the first time, making a foursome, adds some new dynamics to the personal relationships. A fast paced case, with many trails to follow, and plenty of bodies. What first starts off as a weird death turns into identifying remains of soldiers from Vietnam and takes a turn toward organized drug crime and gangs in Hawaii. A very intricate and detailed case that gets bigger in scope as it goes along leaving the reader hard pressed to figure out. I did have a correct suspect in mind, but just where to place them, whether as a victim or villain of which case I couldn't quite put it all together myself. I found the solution very entertaining and the story more on par with her earlier work than some of the other more recent volumes (excepting 206 Bones, that is) . This was a quick, page turning read for me and for once I wasn't annoyed with Tempe and Ryan's relationship and it feels like the next book will be pivotal for them, and honestly Ms. Reichs I think the next book needs to settle their relationship once and for all. It has gone on long enough, already. Can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2010-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid Addition to the Series Spider Bones is Reichs thirteenth book in the popular Temperance Brenan series. For those that are fans of the TV series Bones, these are the books that the TV character is LOOSELY, and I mean VERY loosely, based. If you are new to the books, you could certainly start here without feeling too lost. The story is stand alone and there is only minimal reference to past events, the biggest of which would be Tempe's on-again-off-again romance (which is currently still off) with sexy French Canadian detective Andrew Ryan. This time out, Tempe needs to unravel the mystery surrounding three bodies, all having been identified as the same man but with 40 years between the actual deaths. The cases have her starting out in Quebec, then heading down to North Carolina, and finally ending up in Hawaii. She is joined by her daughter, and by her colleague and former lover, Detective Andrew Ryan in Hawaii. And, just to make things really interesting, Ryan's recovering drug-addict daughter, Lily, is also along for the ride. I wouldn't say this was one of my favourites in the series, but it was still a good read. Reichs tells a good story with just the right balance of science (forensic science, that is) and fiction. The story gets rather convuluted and I found it a little hard to keep straight, but there was really no sense of urgency surrounding the mystery. Most of the drama and tension in the story comes from Tempe's life outside of her job. Her daughter Katy is grieving over the loss of a friend and Tempe invites her to Hawaii for some mother-daughter time. This is where the story just seemed a little out of synch for me. I couldn't help but wonder why Tempe would suddenly invite Ryan and his troublesome daughter along. Sure Tempe still has feelings for Ryan, but he basically kicked her to the curb when his ex made a reappearance in his life and Tempe is understandably hurting and leery of trusting him again. So why did she ask him to come visit in Hawaii? It just didn't make sense. I guess it's really a small complaint. I enjoy Ryan's character so I am glad he was in the book. His interaction with Tempe is always fun to read. Overall, it was a solid addition to the series. Not the best, but still an enjoyable read. 2010-152
Date published: 2010-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific as always I have read all of her books and this one had me excited as soon as I read the description! Great job!
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost for Words. Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Loretta from Simon & Schuster for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My Rating: 5/5 Temperance Brennan returns in this, the thirteenth and latest, installment by renowned author Kathy Reichs. She needs to unravel the mystery surrounding three bodies, all having been identified as the same man. The cases have her starting out in Quebec, then heading out to North Carolina, and finally ending up in Hawaii. She is joined by her daughter, and by her colleague, Detective Andrew Ryan in Hawaii. The mystery deepens further while there, but Temperance will have to get to the bottom of things if she is going to find out the identities of these three men. I love the show Bones, but I have to say that Reichs' books are absolutely my favourite of the two. I impatiently wait each year for Reichs' newest book, and this one does not disappoint. Tempe is thrown into the mix immediately. What seems to be an easy open and shut case ends up turning into an intricately woven web of deceit. Just when she thinks she's got things figured out, another layer presents itself. Reichs has done it again, she has created a masterful, and spellbinding book that you'll be hesitant to put down. The relationship between Brennan and Detective Ryan plays well throughout the novel, and certainly adds dimension to the book. The secondary characters also add some familiarity and intense interaction which makes the read move along at a faster pace. The plot was intricate in detail and design. It was a true thriller and "whodunit". I'm almost sad that I finished the book as quickly as I did, but I eagerly await Reichs' next novel just the same. All in all, an excellent addition to the Temperance Brennan collection. Fans of Reichs' novels will love this installment, and those who love the show Bones should give this one a read as it'll add to the whole Brennan experience. It'll take you on an exhilarating ride, and leave you breathless wanting more. I also have to say that this cover is absolutely stunning. I love it; almost as much as I love the book.
Date published: 2010-08-24

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Spider Bones: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439102392

ISBN - 13: 9781439102398

About the Book

"New York Times-"bestselling author Reichs is back with her 13th novel featuring America's favorite forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan.

From the Publisher

Kathy Reichs—#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—returns with the thirteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan.

 

John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

 

Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery’s grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis—to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military’s Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how “ex” is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery’s dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies—all identified as Lowery.

 

And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu’s flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?

 

A complex and riveting tale of deceit and murder unfolds in this, the thirteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones now in its fifth season and in full syndication—and her most recent novel, 206 Bones, an instant New York Times bestseller—Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.

 

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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