Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery's grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis--to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military's Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how "ex" is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery's dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies--all identified as Lowery.
And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu's flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?
|Publisher:||Christian Large Print|
|Publish Date:||Jul 2011|
|Number of Pages:||545|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.02|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.5 x 1.0|
Kathleen Joan "Kathy" Reichs was born in 1950 and is a native of Chicago. In 1971 she graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, and in 1972 she earned a Master of Arts in physical anthropology from Northwestern University. Reichs received her Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University in 1975. She works as a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina and for the Laboratoire de's Sciences Judiciaires et de Mdecine Lgale in Quebec and has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, McGill University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Her work as a forensic anthropologist is internationally recognized; she has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, helped in an exhumation in the area of the highlands of southwest Guatemala, and done forensic work at Ground Zero in New York. In addition to her published academic papers and books, Reichs has written many works of crime fiction. Dj Dead won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. She is a producer on the Fox television series Bones, which is loosely based on her own forensic career and writing.
In this tepid series entry (after 206 Bones), forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan finds herself immersed in a bizarre case of mistaken identity. A body is pulled from a small pond near Montreal, the victim of an underwater autoerotic experiment gone awry. Even more troubling is the man's identity: John Charles Lowery was supposed to have died in 1968 after a fiery helicopter crash in Vietnam. But if this man is Lowery, who was buried in his place four decades ago? This latest puzzle will lead Temperance to the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, where her persistent questions will place her life, and those she loves, in mortal danger.
Verdict: Despite the lush tropical setting and fascinating premise, this title is too convoluted and contrived to be truly enjoyable. And the once sizzling chemistry between Temperance and Det. Andrew Ryan has vanished, replaced by a tiresome, wisecracking repartee. For extremely loyal Reichs fans only; others new to the series may want to search out her superior earlier titles instead.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10.] - Makiia Lucier, Moscow, I'd
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