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Deja Dead

by Kathy Reichs

Scribner | September 2, 1997 | Hardcover

Deja Dead is rated 4.3529 out of 5 by 17.
The raves are in -- from Edgar-winning authors and internationally acclaimed forensic experts: Kathy Reichs and Déjà Dead are something special.
Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.
It''s June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend.
First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she''ll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with the reddish hair and a small bone structure?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 413 pages

Published: September 2, 1997

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684841177

ISBN - 13: 9780684841175

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much detail Was dissapointed that I didn't love this book. I had even picked up the next couple anticipating that I'd enjoy the series. But I just couldn't get into it. It was just SOOO detail oriented. There would be pages dedicated to explaining one scientific process or another. This just made me lost interest in the actual story and I'd find myself putting it down again and again. I understand that certain details do need to be included to ensure the reader fully understands what's happening, but heavens not that many. I also found the plot was fairly predictable. I tend to like stories more when you can't guess exactly what's coming.
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read I read this book a few years ago because I had started to watch the show Bones and found out that there were a series of books that had the same female character and was intrigued. I read it and enjoyed it immensely, not only because it was a good story, but that it was set in a city that I was somewhat familiar with. And when I picked it up again this time around, I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I probably enjoyed the book more this time because I was able to catch details that I hadn't caught before. If you enjoy suspense type books and if you like the TV series Bones, you probably will enjoy the book. It should be noted that the book doesn't at all resemble the show.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 1st Book I have never finished a mystrey till now! Deja Dead gets you in its grip and it wont let go until the last page! Reichs beats out Graftons books by a long shot. Fans of TVs BONES will be in heaven. 5 of 5
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eloquent Ms Reichs is an eloquent writer an expert in forensic anthropology she is able to add all those sordid little details that makes this novel a page turner. Déjà Dead is a fascinating blend of pathology mixed with the vibrant scenes of Montreal. The characters have depth and personality and the plot will have you biting your nails till the end.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good Story, Bad Writing I am not usually a mystery fan, but every now and then I will give one a try. Since my mother really likes this series, I decided to read this book, since it was the first installment. I tried to read it twice, and each time I could not make it through the first 125 pages. The plot is very good, but the style of writing just doesn't suit me. I don't know why, but I just find myself struggling through each page.
Date published: 2002-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Well, this was a very intruiging yet intelligent story. From the minute of the first death till the final showdown, I could hardly put it down for the night! Riechs writes just as well, if not better than good ol' Pat Cornwell. This book was very unsuspecting and enthralling.
Date published: 2001-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT This book was one of the best books I've ever read! The main character Dr. Brennen is a strong women who is smart and knows what she want. This has a wonderful plot always twisting so you don't know whats going to happen. I'm not one for murder mysterys but this was GREAT!!!!!
Date published: 2001-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Death Please! After reading a review of her latest publication, I picked up Kathy Reichs' first novel. I was addicted to her books by the time I was finished the first few chapters. An interesting combination of fact and fiction. Kathy is an excellent writer making this book a pleasure to read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2000-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read!! Although, upon receiving the book from a friend, I was a bit skeptical about its possible merits (the tacky title and the whole murder mystery thing...), as soon as I started reading it, I became hooked! Reichs is an excellent writer, and her professional insights into the field of forensic science give the book an unusually realistic feel and fill it with interesting detail. That, plus the excellently developed main character made for an addictive read. I recommend it.
Date published: 2000-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked Normally a very picky reader, I selected a Kathy Reichs novel, Deja Dead, thinking it would be a copycat story the likes of Patricia Cornwell or Mary Higgins Clark. I was so pleasantly surprised. Ms. Reichs is Temp Brennan and she leads you from the very first page into life of a chief medical examiner. The reader is lifted off the couch and into the morgue, hovering over dissecting tables and I swear you can almost smell burnt flesh and embalming fluid in the air. I am hooked. And I'm on my way to Chapters right this minute to buy a copy of Deadly Decisions!
Date published: 2000-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REICHS IS AWESOME REICHS' 'DEJA DEAD' IS A SUPERB PIECE OF LITERARY ART - IT KEPT ME ABSOLUTELY SPELLBOUND RIGHT TO THE VERY END! THE BOOK WAS SO TRUE-TO-LIFE THAT IT'S ALMOST LIKE IT REALLY HAPPENED - VERY BELIEVABLE AND VERY GRAPHIC! I LOVED IT AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ HER NEXT BOOK 'DEATH DE JOUR'! EXCELLENT!
Date published: 2000-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blew me Away Could not put this book down period. I was shocked and fasinated at the same time. The book was terrifying and very realistic and will not be to everyones taste. This is a story after all...of a forensic anthropologist. If you have the stomache for it, I highly recommend you read this book. It's very good.
Date published: 2000-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Being an avid fan of Patricia Cornwell, I'm delighted by this novel. If you follow Kay Scarpetta, you've got to read this!
Date published: 2000-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Being an avid fan of Patricia Cornwell, I'm delighted by this novel. If you follow Kay Scarpetta, you've got to read this!
Date published: 2000-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Deja Dead This is an okay book, if you like all the scientific stuff. Personally, I was hoping for more of a scare.
Date published: 1999-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deja Dead This book was excellent. It was very hard to put down... If you like Patricia Cornwell you will like Kathy Riechs
Date published: 1999-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deja Dead I was pleasantly surprised when this book came in. Despite the lame title it is intriguing and fast paced. Tempe, a forensic scientist, has to deal with a serial killer during the hot Montreal summer of '94. Its attention to vivid detail, such as mutilated body parts and autopsy scenes, reminded me of Patricia Cornwell's The Body Farm. Recommend to all regular mystery readers. They won't be disappointed.
Date published: 1998-10-28

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Deja Dead

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 413 pages

Published: September 2, 1997

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684841177

ISBN - 13: 9780684841175

Read from the Book

From Chapter 1 I WASN''T THINKING ABOUT THE MAN WHO''D BLOWN HIMSELF UP. Earlier I had. Now I was putting him together. Two sections of skull lay in front of me, and a third jutted from a sand-filled stainless steel bowl, the glue still drying on its reassembled fragments. Enough bone to confirm identity. The coroner would be pleased. It was late afternoon, Thursday, June 2, 1994. While the glue set, my mind had gone truant. The knock that would break my reverie, tip my life off course, and alter my comprehension of the bounds of human depravity wouldn''t come for another ten minutes. I was enjoying my view of the St. Lawrence, the sole advantage of my cramped corner office. Somehow the sight of water has always rejuvenated me, especially when it flows rhythmically. Forget Golden Pond. I''m sure Freud could have run with that. My thoughts meandered to the upcoming weekend. I had a trip to Quebec City in mind, but my plans were vague. I thought of visiting the Plains of Abraham, eating mussels and crepes, and buying trinkets from the street vendors. Escape in tourism. I''d been in Montreal a full year, working as forensic anthropologist for the province, but I hadn''t been up there yet, so it seemed like a good program. I needed a couple of days without skeletons, decomposed bodies, or corpses freshly dragged from the river. Ideas come easily to me, enacting them comes harder. I usually let things go. Perhaps it''s an escape hatch, my way of allowing myself to double back and
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From the Publisher

The raves are in -- from Edgar-winning authors and internationally acclaimed forensic experts: Kathy Reichs and D&#233j&#224 Dead are something special.
Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.
It''s June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend.
First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she''ll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with the reddish hair and a small bone structure?

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 Judiciairies et de M&#233decine L&#233gale for the provinces 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 trial. D&#233j&#224 Dead is her first novel.

From Our Editors

When Dr. Temperance Brennan takes off for a much-needed vacation in Montreal, the last thing she expects is to get involved in yet another murder mystery. But the dismembered body of a young woman catapults her back into her job. Worst of all, she recognizes the grisly handiwork and is certain a serial murderer is on the loose - if only the local police agreed. Instead, Tempe throws herself into the investigation, examining saw marks on the bones and unusual items left in the corpses to put the puzzle together. As she delves further into the mystery, Kathleen J. Reichs' young heroine puts her life and career on the line in Deja Dead.

Editorial Reviews

Barry Fisher Crime Lab Director, Los Angeles County Sheriff''s Department [Reichs] combines that intimate understanding of forensic science and death investigation with that unique ability to weave a story which will keep you in a white-knuckled state of terror.