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 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. Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans and 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 deadly mix of voodoo, SanterIa, and devil worship. 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, her eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery features Reichs's signature blend of forensic descriptions that "chill to the bone" (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her a number one bestselling author in the United States and around the world.
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by Kathy Reichs
"Linda Emond easily acclimates herself to Medical Examiner Temperance Brennan's well-known sleuthing style, portraying her empathy as well as her forensic gifts. Emond is an expert at reeling off a list of medical procedures with a mix of drama and aplomb and at portraying the resolve of a heroine who tiptoes around bureaucrats and a posturing preacher-turned-politician to do the best job she possible can. Brennan needs to muster all her skills for her eleventh mystery, which begins as several headless corpses of teenagers and dismembered body parts are discovered around Charlotte, North Carolina, and linked to some kind of alternative religion. Mixing accents and moods, Emond moves easily from high tension to snappy dialogue, from murders to Tempe's love issues. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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