Kathy Reichs serves as forensic anthropologist for the Offices of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratorie de Sciences Judiciaires et de Medecine Legale for the province of Quebec. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Caroline at Charlotte, she divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal.
Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan departs from home turf to journey to Guatemala, where her skills will be tested to the limit. It was 1982 when soldiers entered the village of Chupan Ya and rounded up the women and children. No records were kept. Families and neighbours refer to their lost members as 'the disappeared'. The bodies are said to lie in a mass grave, and Tempe uncovers the bones of a child. Something savage happened in this village years ago. And something savage is happening today. Four girls are missing from Guatemala City, including the daughter of a government official. When a young archaeologist is murdered, Tempe realises that she may be the next victim in a web of intrigue that connects the historical and contemporary murders. Reichs on top form.