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From number one internationally bestselling author Kathy
Reichs comes a masterful new novel of cutting-edge forensics and
It''s a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance
Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical
examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic
vacation. She''s almost out the door when the bones start
A newborn''s charred remains turn up in a woodstove. The mother,
Tamela Banks, hardly more than a child herself, has disappeared.
Did she kill her infant, or is an innocent teenager also about to
become a victim?
A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a sunny
afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition.
Was it pilot error? Something more sinister? And what is the
mysterious black substance covering the bodies?
Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm
outside Charlotte. What has Tempe''s dog, Boyd, unearthed? The
remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she
gets them to her lab.
With help from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate
a poignant and terrifying case that comes at the worst possible
moment. Daughter Katy has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have
something to hide. And important personal decisions face Tempe. Is
it time for emotional commitment? Will she have the chance to find
Everything must wait on the bones. What story do they tell? Why
are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe
from the answers? Someone is following her. Someone is following
Katy. That someone must be stopped before it''s too late.
With the riveting authenticity that only world-class forensic
anthropologist Kathy Reichs can bring to her fiction, Bare
Bones asks important questions and thrills us to its pulsating
end. Fresh from the success of Grave Secrets, Reichs
proves once again that she is the consummate crime-writing star.