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"Reichs is a standout...[with] a formidable way of incorporating science with character and plot.... Her expertise is snappily and entertainingly delivered." -- Booklist
"Fascinating." -- Entertainment Weekly
"The lab lady most likely to dethrone Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta." -- USA Today
"Reichs keeps the roller coaster on track and speeding along, page after page." -- Jeffery Deaver
"Her expertise is snappily and entertainingly delivered." -- Booklist
About the Author
- ASIN : B0011UGLME
- Publisher : Scribner (August 22, 2008)
- Publication date : August 22, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 4272 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #100,698 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well, in this book, Temperance is having one of those days. And one of those cases -- or is it not one case, but more? And one of those days with her long-time boyfriend; well, maybe not -- they are broken up... or are they?
Couple that with exceedingly hot or extremely cold with her daughter, and you have Tempi's personal story during this book.
Did I mention that her daughter is trying to hook her up with one of her coworkers in the attorneys office in which she works?... And that Tempe had more than simply known him during her school days? And that she is also actively pursuing a meeting of Temperance with Summer, her father's fiance, nearly young enough to be her sister?
Yes, Temperance is having a slew of very, very bad days. And you'll feel every bit of emotion emitted from those days. And even laugh at how much her responses resemble those you had in similar circumstances.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg; let's not risk revealing anything that might be considered a spoiler.
And the cases... Bones found in strange configurations, suggesting stranger still religious practices, including devil worship. And, of course, the media latches onto that. Not just reporting, but nearly calling for vigilante organization against the immoral devil-worshippers infecting the community.
Will the bambling [Ok, not a real word: think rambling politician overflowing with self-promotion ideas (more aptly, ideals) with Billy Graham charisma, always at the right place at the wrong time (for everyone else, especially law enforcement), and hell-bent upon inciting a modern version of the Salem Witch Trials] politician succeed in inciting public wrath, leading to violent outcry and actions? Will the apparent reporter (who also appears at all the wrong times, in all the wrong places) finally break down her targets, gaining information intended to remain under wraps?...and whose career will she burn in the process?
And will the links between these cases -- apparent satanic ritual, apparent form of voodoo or witchcraft, murdered cop, possible murdered innocent -- ever surface, or will they prove to be disparate crimes linked merely by temporal proximity?
No answers here. But you'll be firmly gripped by the author as she leads you through the investigations and, finally, after trials and errors pulling you in all these directions, guides you through to the conclusion. And you'll enjoy every step of the process.
As I remember, on all her other books, I've stayed up late into the night because I couldn't put them down. Not so, this one - I kept picking it up and putting it down in fits and spurts. It wasn't holding my attention. And I can't put my finger on the "why".
I don't mind Tempe's flaws, but I really don't think I (as a fairly intelligent, but in no way medically trained person) should be able to figure out some of the antrhopological mysteries ahead of her. There's even a line where Tempe says, "How did I miss that?" and I had to agree. I may have even yelled out loud, "Yeah, how did you?" startling my husband, to say the least.
And while I know that we need Tempe involved in investigations to keep the series going, I really don't understand how an anthropologist is allowed to go along to question witnesses or chase down perps. I am very interested in the science, so a little more lab time and a little less, "what is she doing in the street?" wouldn't be a bad thing to me.
I always enjoy more the books that are set in Montreal - I think I don't love the Charlotte sub-characters as much. The daughter and the ex are just getting way too annoying, the detectives not as engaging... I am glad to see the next book is going back to Quebec.
I am in no way ready to give up on the series, but I hope the next one is more engaging. That being said, I still wouldn't tell anyone to skip it - just don't expect the best of the series in this one.
I find it difficult to pick up one of Kathy's books and remember that the book Temperance Brennan is quite different from the TV Temperance of which I have watched most of the episodes.
The book Temperance has a completely different set of characters surrounding her and I am not as familiar with them as I am with the TV Temperance since I have only read a few of the books. This is a small inconvenience though as I take each book as a separate entity and prefer to just jump right into the story and just go with it.
The story line revolves around Wicca, Voodoo and Santeria and the question of "Who did it?" always comes up as soon as the first body appears.
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The forensic detail is jumbled and whilst interesting needs to be a bit more organised to open up the clues for the reader, really it lacked believability. The whole thing felt immature and inadequately structured and crafted.
Of greater concern was the style of the writing which was very chaotic and patchy and in places almost unreadable due to all the cliches (in the ideas, themes, characters and writing). The ending felt rushed and staged for drama rather than realism. Sadly very disapointing - for crime writing Val McDermid is a more satisfying complete read and the Kay Scarpetta books better on the forensic investigator story.