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Grave Secrets
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Kathy Reichs's first novel Deja Dead was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. A Conspiracy of Bones is Kathy's nineteenth entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels. Dr. Reichs is one of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and as a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Quebec. Visit Kathy at KathyReichs.com.

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This fifth novel featuring Temperance Brennan (Dj Death) finds the forensic anthropologist in Guatemala assisting the Fundaci"n de Antropolog!a Forense de Guatemala with the recovery and identification of remains of those who "disappeared" during the 1962-96 civil war there. Nearby in Guatemala City, remains are discovered in a septic tank, and local police ask Tempe to assist with their investigation. Four young women, including the Canadian ambassador's daughter, have disappeared over the past year, and the police suspect a serial killer. Do the remains belong to one of the four women? As Tempe uncovers clues to the identity of the body and delves deeper into Guatemala's violent history, she begins to suspect a connection between the two cases. She also begins to fear for her life. Often compared with Patricia Cornwell, Reichs, a forensic anthropologist herself, effectively balances the story with scientific and medical details. However, this novel contains graphic descriptions and is not for weak stomachs. Recommended for large public libraries and popular reading collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/02.] Leslie Madden, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Powerful . . . a page-turner." -- The Hartford Courant (CT)
"The medical details . . . [are] vivid and fascinating." -- Booklist
"Chilling." -- People

Fans of the Temperance Brennan series will be pleased by forensic anthropologist Reichs's latest installment (after Fatal Voyage; Deadly Decisions; etc.). Grave Secrets finds Tempe plying her pathology trade in Guatemala, investigating a massacre site as a favor to a Guatemalan anthropology association. However, when her team is ambushed by gunmen, Tempe finds herself ensnared in a mesh of corruption and murder stretching from Guatemala City to Montreal, involving DAs, military thugs and kinky diplomats. Tempe finds herself drawn and trapped between the two cops investigating: her longtime Canadian suitor, Lt. Andrew Ryan, and her would-be Latin lover, agente Bartolom Galiano. That the two men know each other and are friends doesn't help the situation. When a nosy reporter looking into the massacre is gunned down before Tempe's eyes, she realizes she herself is the next likely target. As has been said before, Reichs has much in common with Patricia Cornwell, though her language is more stripped down and there is less melodrama between autopsies. Devotees of medical procedurals will appreciate the detailed descriptions of bone formation and the mechanics of bodily decomposition within a septic tank; others may not. But the author keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore. (July) Forecast: Reichs traveled to Guatemala herself in 2000 as part of a special forensic team. Her firsthand knowledge of the terrain shines through and should win her a few more devoted readers. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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