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Flash and Bones: (Temperance Brennan 14) Paperback – July 5, 2012
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- Publisher : Arrow; First Trade Paperback edition (July 5, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0099492407
- ISBN-13 : 978-0099492405
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.98 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A body is found near the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has something to do with NASCAR, or so I'm told. There are teens missing from years before, a gang, and a host of other things going on.
This Tempe seems to be much more solid as a person this time. She isn't allowing her self-worth to be defined by a man. I also applaud the use of less characters. This allowed for more time for Tempe to take center stage.
My only issue is that Tempe always ends up in danger at the end of each book and has to be rescued. After awhile, you would think that the police would insert a tracking device under her skin, because they know if she is working on a case, she will end up kidnapped.
I have absolutely no interest in racing but as usual, Ms. Reichs kept me completely engaged with the subject and taught me a few things as well. She balanced the racing with racism -an entire fringe racist group that may or may not have been involved in the death of the recently discovered victim, or the cold case disappearances. Oddly, I didn't find myself pushing to solve the case but found myself enjoying the discoveries as they came. Though I did figure out the culprit before Tempe and Slidell, it was only by a few chapters.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, the only thing absent was any forward momentum in Tempe's love life -though some doors may be closing and some windows may be opening. Right now, Tempe doesn't really have time for romance, but I hope she'll make time for it. Obviously, I'm rooting for Andrew Ryan -I always have and I always will. And here I go, referencing Tempe as a real person not a character, but Kathy Reichs writes her so well, Temperance Brennan feels like an old friend to me.
I was really looking forward to a solid forensic mystery and Flash and Bones didn't disappoint. Kathy Reichs seldom does. Julie and I both highly recommend this series... or if you're looking for something a little lighter, try Kathy Reichs' new paranormal YA series.
A body is found, encased in a barrel of asphalt, in a landfill next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That sets off a chain of events as an investigation tries to identify the victim, and several possibilities are considered. The investigation reopens a can of worms about a past disappearance, about the past investigation, and about people's motives. FBI special agents are involved, along with the local police. The characters range from NASCAR crews, to forensic investigators, to skinheads. There is also Temperance Brennan's cat, or one should say a cat willing to share her house (cat's can be finicky about who they agree to live with).
You will learn a lot about NASCAR, a bit about natural poisons, and read through the whodunit trying to guess the killer. It is a well researched and well written departure from the author's previous novels.
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As for our protagonist going all gooey eyed over another character and then mooning about over Ryan and some other beau as well - please spare us. the Temperance Brennan of the original books would never have been so wet. The labouring of her relationship with her ex's fiancee is also unnecessary filler.
Really hoping that Reichs picks up again as I have the next 3 on my Kindle!
I'm not going to give away plot points here. My main problem with the story and its telling was the telling: too many repeated comments about her cat, too juvenile a response to a new male character, occasional choppy writing, repeated descriptions of FBI operatives, etc. I don't recall being struck by these elements in the past. Has Reichs changed or have I?
All that being said, it was a quick read and I did want to know who did it (though I knew before Tempe).
Don't know if its the money or the ego that makes good writers churn out weak work after a certain period of time, come on Kathy you are better than this....
Oh and have to agree with previous comment..... TV Temperence is absolutely nothing like I envision in my mind, and isn't this what books are all about? Conjuring up an image. Frankly its time to take a break