KATHY REICHS, whom Ann Rule calls "in a class by herself," burst
onto the publishing scene with "Deja Dead," the international
bestseller of which P. D. James wrote: "The strength of her novel
is in the insight it gives into the scientific procedures of a
murder investigation." Now, with her dazzling new forensic thriller
"Fatal Voyage," Reichs applies her cutting-edge scientific know-how
to the probe of a heartbreaking commercial airliner crash.
Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air
TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North
Carolina, taking with it eighty-eight passengers and crew. As a
forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team,
Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and
Tempe has seen death many times, working with the medical
examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, but never has tragedy
struck with such devastation. She finds a field of carnage: torsos
in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases and smoldering
debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team.
Is Tempe's daughter, Katy, among them?
Frantic with worry, Tempe joins colleagues from the FBI, the
NTSB, and other agencies to search for explanations. Was the plane
brought down by a bomb, an insurance plot, a political
assassination, or simple mechanical failure? And what about the
prisoner on the plane who was being extradited to Canada? Did
someone want him silenced forever?
Even more puzzling for Tempe is a disembodied foot found near
the debris field. Tempe's microscopic analysis suggests it could
not have belonged to any passenger. Whose foot is it, and where is
the rest of thebody? And what about the disturbing evidence Tempe
discovers in the soil outside a remote mountain enclave? What
secrets lie hidden there, and why are certain people eager to stop
Tempe's investigation? Is she learning too much? Coming too
With help from Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who has his own
sad reason for being at the crash, and from a very special dog
named Boyd, Tempe calls upon deep reserves of courage and upon her
forensic skill to uncover a shocking, multilayered tale of deceit
Written with the riveting authenticity that only world-class
forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can provide, "Fatal Voyage"
pairs witty, elegant prose with pulse-pounding storytelling in a
tour de force worthy of crime writing's new superstar.