Monday, July 7, 2014

Bones Never Lie, by Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs. Bones Never Lie. New York: Bantam Books, 2014. 334 pages. ISBN 9780345544018.

Kathy Reichs has published dozens of books, many of them in her Temperance Brennan series, upon which the television program Bones is based. Ms. Reichs was present at the 2014 Book Expo America conference, and I was lucky enough to get a copy of her latest Temperance Brennan novel there.

Bones Never Lie doesn't disappoint. A forensic anthropologist, Temperance is invited to participate in an investigation into the murders of three young girls in what appears to be a serial murder spree that started in Canada, moved to Vermont, and then on to Charlotte, N.C., where Temperance spends much of her time. She and her former partner Andrew Ryan had worked on what appears to be a related case in Quebec. She has to fly to Costa Rica to try to bring him back after he’s gone AWOL to grieve over the death of his daughter to a heroin overdose.

Temperance has to balance office politics with a race against time to catch the serial killer before he or she strikes again. Working with Skinny Slidell, a local detective, as well as detectives from Vermont and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Temperance and Ryan attempt to track down the killer who went off the grid ten years previously. Fast paced and with loads of action, this book kept me turning the pages until I finished. The only quibble that I have with this book is that the dialogue is consistently nasty. I found the persistent sarcasm and just plain meanness of the dialogue to be a little tiresome. Nevertheless, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries with a forensic science angle.

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