Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs,
is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called
on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the
discovery of a young girl's skeleton in Acadia, Canada,
is more than just another assignment. Évangéline,
Tempe's childhood best friend, was also from Acadia.
Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Évangéline
was the most exotic person in Tempe's eight-year-old
world. When Évangéline disappeared, Tempe
was warned not to search for her, that the girl was "dangerous."
Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot
help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend
she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning
of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones
of the young girl?
Meanwhile, Tempe's beau, Ryan, investigates a series
of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could
the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As
Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology
to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.
It's the second-to-last day of archaeological field
school. Dr Temperance Brennan's students are working
on a site of prehistoric graves on Dewees, a barrier
island north of Charleston, South Carolina, when a
decomposing body is uncovered in a shallow grave off
a lonely beach...
The skeleton is articulated, the bone fresh and the
vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue; the remains
are encased in rotted fabric and topped by wisps of
pale, blond hair - a recent burial, and a case Tempe
must take. Dental remains and skeletal gender and race
indicators suggest that the deceased is a middle-aged
white male - but who was he? Why was he buried in a
clandestine grave? And what does the unusual vertical
hairline fracture of the sixth cervical vertebrae signify?
While Tempe is trying to piece together the evidence,
her personal life is thrown into turmoil. When a bullet
- intended, perhaps, for her - puts Tempe's estranged
husband Pete in hospital, her unexpectedly emotional
response complicates her on-off relationship with Detective
Andrew Ryan. But before long, another body is discovered
- and Tempe finds herself drawn deeper into a shocking
and chilling investigation, set to challenge her entire
view of humanity.
Dr. Temperance Brennan faces conflicting accounts
concerning the death of an Orthodox Jew in a Montreal
warehouse - was it murder or suicide? While reconstructing
the facts, her investigation takes a puzzling turn
when a mysterious photograph leads Brennan to Israel
and to a potentially explosive biblical controversy.
Will Brennan uncover a startling revelation that will
change history or will she expose an elaborate hoax?
The bones of three young women are unearthed in the
basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and forensic anthropologist
Tempe Brennan has unsolved murder on her mind as she
examines the shallowly buried remains. Coming up against
a homicide cop who is convinced the dead have been
entombed on the site for centuries, Tempe perseveres,
even with her own relationship with Detective Andrew
Ryan at a delicate turning point. In the lab, the clean,
well-perserved bones offer few clues. But when Carbon
14 confirms her hunch that these were recent deaths
despite the antique buttons found near the bodies,
Tempe's probing must produce answers quickly to stop
a killer whose grisly handiwork has seen the light
Down time is not a phrase in Tempe Brennan's vocabulary.
A string of disturbing cases has put her vacation plans on
hold; instead, she heads to the lab to analyze charred remains
from a suspicious fire, and a mysterious black residue from
a small plane crash. But most troubling of all are the bones....Tempe's
daughter's new boyfriend invites them to a picnic -- a pig
pickin' -- in the North Carolina countryside, where a cache
of bones turns up. But are they animal or human? X-rays and
DNA may link the crimes, but they can't reveal who is closing
in on Tempe and her daughter -- and how far they will go
to keep her from uncovering the truth.
On a summer morning in 1982, soldiers enter a Guatemalan
village and massacre its women and children. Terrified of
meeting a similar fate, returning relatives quickly bury
their dead in makeshift graves. Today these families refer
to their lost members as “the disappeared,” and
human rights teams are trying to find them. Dr. Temperance
Brennan, international forensic anthropologist, has been
asked to investigate one of the most heart-breaking cases
of her career.
A commercial Jetliner disaster has brought Tempe Brennan
to the North Carolina mountains as a member of the investigative
agency DMORT. As bomb theories abound, Tempe soon discovers
a jarring piece of evidence that raises dangerous questions
-- and gets her thrown from the DMORT team. Relentless in
her pursuit of its significance, Tempe uncovers a shocking,
multilayered tale of deceit and depravity as she probes her
way into frightening territory -- where someone wants her
stopped in her tracks.
Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is fatally shot on a
Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from
her home, and parts of her skeleton are found hundreds of
miles away. The shocking deaths propel forensic anthropologist
Tempe Brennan from north to south, and deep into a shattering
investigation inside the bizarre culture of outlaw motorcycle
gangs -- where one misstep could bring disaster for herself
or someone she loves. Kathy Reichs¹ astonishing bestseller
pulses with cutting-edge scientific know-how -- and the narrative
power of an award-winning crime fiction star.
In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is
digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although
Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it's a chain
of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized
her attention -- and she alone is ideally placed to make
a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events.
At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe
probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to
startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in
Montreal with a terrifying showdown -- a nerve-shattering
test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.
Dr. Temperance Brennan, the wry, impassioned director of
forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, is driven
to unravel shocking acts of violence by reading the bones
of the dead. NP In the year since Tempe left behind a shaky
marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her
weekend plans to explore Quebec. But when an unidentified
female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and
stashed in garbage bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern
within the grisly handiwork -- and her professional detachment
gives way to a harrowing search for a killer in the city's
winding streets. With little help from the police, Tempe
calls on her expertise, honed in the isolated intensity of
the autopsy suite, to investigate on her own. But her determined
chase is about to place those closest to her -- her best
friend and her daughter -- in mortal danger....