Devil Bones: A Novel

by REICHS KATHY

August 26, 2008 | Hardcover

Devil Bones: A Novel is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 8.
Following her most successful book to date, Kathy Reichs -- international number one bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the Fox television hit Bones -- returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Temperance Brennan encounters a deadly mix of voodoo, Santería, and devil worship in her quest to identify two young victims.

In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery -- a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

Nothing is clear -- neither when the deaths occurred, nor where. Was the skull brought to the cellar or was the girl murdered there? Why is the boy''s body remarkably well preserved? Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans. They begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan -- "five-five, feisty, and forty-plus" -- is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this, Kathy Reichs''s eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery.

With a popular series on Fox -- now in its third season and in full syndication -- Kathy Reichs has established herself as the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Devil Bones features Reichs''s signature blend of forensic descriptions that "chill to the bone" (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her books phenomenal bestsellers in the United States and around the world.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.12 in

Published: August 26, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416590021

ISBN - 13: 9781416590026

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Forensic Suspense Reichs always comes up with a good plot, however, at times I do find the scientific jargon a bit trying to decipher as well as long winded in many in places. The ending is fine as Tempe didn't get tangled with Ryan in the closing scene. Maybe next time.
Date published: 2011-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a keeper! Excellent - Tempe does it again. Frankly, I haven't read a "bad" Reichs novel yet. Perhaps the graphic nature turns off some readers, but as an anthropologist I really enjoy her work. Aside - her novels are based on her field experiences....
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Tempe has quite the case on her hands this time. A human skull has been found in an underground room in a basement and the room also contains a beheaded chicken, a goat skull and all sorts of strange paraphernalia. Tempe comes head to head with religions such as santaria, voodoo and devil worship. But nothing is as it seems. A headless body is found by the lake, a suspect is run over by a subway train and a fellow colleague is murdered. Plus, along the way a cold case is solved. Reichs' last two books were pretty good but I feel that with Devil Bones she is back on track with the brilliance of her earlier books which made me such a fan in the first place. Absolutely riveting! I read the first 3/4 of the book in one sitting staying up to the wee hours of the morning and had to force myself to wait another day to finish it off. Great pacing, twists and turns that keep the plot rolling just as we think we've got it all figured out. My only complaint would be that the whole background story of Tempe's personal and professional life (from the past 10 books) is reiterated bit by bit during the first several chapters. As one who has read all her books, I found it irritating but a new reader to the series would be filled in quickly and be able to jump in and read this first. But seriously folks, read these books in order! There is a whole personal story line that follows through the books that would take half the fun of this series away if you just read the books in any old order. Start with Deja Dead and you'll be hooked!
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping and Fast Paced Being a fan of "Bones" Kathy Reichs' TV Show I thought I'd give her books a try. In this fast paced "Who Done It" novel you join Dr. Tempe Brennon at crime scenes of gruesome murders in Charlotte. These murders seem to be surrounded by religious symbols of Santeria, Satanism, and Wicca to name a few. When you think you're figured it out the twists and turns keep you riveted.
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't bother Dreadful, James-Patterson-like style of writing (two sentence paragraphs; short chapters ending on contrived tension). Reichs is not a great writer by any stretch, but some of her previous books could be counted on for at least an entertaining if not cerebral read. This was painful. Boring. Don't bother.
Date published: 2008-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tempe Brennan's Latest Case Really, what can I say - Kathy Reichs is the queen of forensic mysteries. Reichs works as a forensic anthropologist in the US and Canada. She knows what she writing about. Her character Tempe Brennan is also a forensic anthropologist. The television show Bones is also based on this character. Devil Bones finds Tempe called in to consult on bones found in a cauldron in a hidden cellar. They seem to be part of a religious ceremony. Another body is found and the two may be connected. A local politician is using these murders to stir up the populace. Reich's mysteries are intelligent and well thought out. The details and science are realistic. Her series features some similarities to Cornwell's - the rumpled cop crony, the angry young relative, conflicts with superiors, the on again off again romance with a fellow law enforcement officer and a few others. I just find Reich's writing superior to what Cornwell has put out lately.
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A significant improvement This is a significant improvement over the last novel. I cut the prior one slack as it is the only one of the series I bought as an Audiobook, and frankly the reader was at best ok. Devil Bones is very different. It moves at a solid pace. The science is good without being overpowering and there is much less whinging on the part of Brennan. The good characters are not all likeable and there isn't the sopping angst of the Brennan/Ryan relationship. It's a solid page turner that you will move through quickly. Brennan is more autonomous and this makes the character more enjoyable. The only downside is the completely misleading cover dust sleeve but in respect of Ms. Reichs, I don't think that the graphics people actually read the books to make the artwork indicative of the story.
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring I have never claimed that Kathy Reichs' books are high art, but usually they are pretty entertaining and a good bet for either a nice beach read or a rainy day read. Let me just say that Devil Bones is neither. I plodded through this book and although I only started reading it about a week ago, it felt to me as though I had been reading it for 3 months! The basic story would lead you to believe it is about witchcraft and devil worship and actually, the first few pages were creepy - I liked the description of Tempe crouching in a scary basement, all dark and gloomy. However, it went downhill from there. There is some nice interaction between Tempe and her two police friends (and a bit of a twist related to this) but otherwise, this book has no direction, no plotline and more importantly is boring, boring, boring. I got to a point where I was skipping pages just to get to something "good" and I never seem to get to the "good" part. The ending has absolutely nothing to do with the beginning and was ridiculous. I can suspend my disbelief quite a lot if I am enjoying the storyline and a thriller does not have to be high art for me, but a book must be entertaning!!!! and the ultimate sin was committed here!!! the book was BORING
Date published: 2008-09-05

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Devil Bones: A Novel

by REICHS KATHY

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.12 in

Published: August 26, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416590021

ISBN - 13: 9781416590026

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1 My name is Temperance Deassee Brennan. I''m five-five, feisty, and forty-plus. Multidegreed. Overworked. Underpaid. Dying. Slashing lines through that bit of literary inspiration, I penned another opening. I''m a forensic anthropologist. I know death. Now it stalks me. This is my story. Merciful God. Jack Webb and Dragnet reincarnate. More slashes. I glanced at the clock. Two thirty-five. Abandoning the incipient autobiography, I began to doodle. Circles inside circles. The clock face. The conference room. The UNCC campus. Charlotte. North Carolina. North America. Earth. The Milky Way. Around me, my colleagues argued minutiae with all the passion of religious zealots. The current debate concerned wording within a subsection of the departmental self-study. The room was stifling, the topic poke-me-in-the-eye dull. We''d been in session for over two hours, and time was not flying. I added spiral arms to the outermost of my concentric circles. Began filling spaces with dots. Four hundred billion stars in the galaxy. I wished I could put my chair into hyperdrive to any one of them. Anthropology is a broad discipline, comprised of linked subspecialties. Physical. Cultural. Archaeological. Linguistic. Our department has the full quartet. Members of each group were feeling a need to have their say. George Petrella is a linguist who researches myth as a narrative of individual and collective identity. Occasionally he says something I understand. At the moment, Petrella was objecting
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Following her most successful book to date, Kathy Reichs -- international number one bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the Fox television hit Bones -- returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Temperance Brennan encounters a deadly mix of voodoo, Santería, and devil worship in her quest to identify two young victims.

In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery -- a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

Nothing is clear -- neither when the deaths occurred, nor where. Was the skull brought to the cellar or was the girl murdered there? Why is the boy''s body remarkably well preserved? Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans. They begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan -- "five-five, feisty, and forty-plus" -- is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this, Kathy Reichs''s eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery.

With a popular series on Fox -- now in its third season and in full syndication -- Kathy Reichs has established herself as the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Devil Bones features Reichs''s signature blend of forensic descriptions that "chill to the bone" (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her books phenomenal bestsellers in the United States and around the world.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Reichs is a standout...[with] a formidable way of incorporating science with character and plot.... Her expertise is snappily and entertainingly delivered." -- Booklist