NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur. Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do-test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She's at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan's marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head. Hazel "Lucky" Strike-a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases-comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager's remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan's lab. Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan's next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague's bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions-along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths. While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it's a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there's nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer-even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what. Praise for Speaking in Bones "Speaking in Bones keeps the suspense high."-Associated Press "Temperance's forensic sleuthing uncovers many secrets, along with a blockbuster psychological surprise."-The Huffington Post From the Hardcover edition.
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by Kathy Reichs
"Narrator Katherine Borowitz returns to the Tempe Brennan series with a finely tuned performance. She reflects the intensity of a crime story that has Tempe collecting human bone fragments from overlooks to Ghost Mountain, while balancing Tempe's tough personal introspection. North Carolina is the setting for Reichs's 18th entry featuring the popular forensic anthropologist (also the star of the TV series "Bones"). Colorful characters from the backwoods give Borowitz great material for accents--from web-sleuthing "Lucky" Strike and fanatical preacher Father G. to Tempe's nemesis, Detective Skinny Slidell. Each accent suits the character to a tee, yet Borowitz keeps the dialogue smart and often funny. She also skillfully adds a slight Canadian burr to Tempe's Montreal boyfriend and would-be fiancŽ. Fans who follow the series will be delighted with this strong entry, with its gripping first chapter. Listener newcomers will be easily drawn in by Borowitz's involving style. R.F.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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