Number One New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her nineteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her phone number.
It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.
An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.
To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue. With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.
But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes ...
Praise for Kathy Reichs:
'Kathy Reichs writes smart—no, make that brilliant—mysteries that are as realistic as non-fiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher or Alex Cross' James Patterson
'Kathy Reichs continues to be one of the most distinctive and talented writers in the genre. Her legions of readers worldwide will agree with me when I declare that the more books she writes, the more enthusiastic fans she’ll garner' Sandra Brown
'Each book in Kathy Reichs’s fantastic Temperance Brennan series is better than the last. They’re filled with riveting twists andturns. No matter how many novels she writes, I just can’t get enough!' Lisa Scottoline
'Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story' Publisher’s Weekly
'Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden' The New York Times Book Review
'Bloody good beach reading!' USA Today
'Brennan is a winner, and so is Reichs' Daily News
'This is Kathy Reichs as maybe you’ve never read her before. The story starts like a pistol shot and fires nonstop through over three hundred layered pages. The twists are meticulously planned and thrown like bamboozling curves on the edge of the plate. But you will see new layers to the brilliant Tempe Brennan that may surprise you. Read this book. It was created by a master of the genre who knocks it out of the park.' David Baldacci, bestselling author of One Good Deed and Redemption
'Nobody writes a more imaginative thriller than Kathy Reichs or crafts a better sentence. Her latest forensic investigation, A Conspiracy of Bones, rivets with its non-stop pursuit of some of the vilest villains ever.' Clive Cussler, bestselling author of Night Probe and Sahara
'Sinister and chilling. In Tempe Brennan’s riveting return to the investigative trail, she suddenly finds herself caught in a tangled web. Who can she trust? Maybe not even herself. Bones is back and better than ever.' Lisa Gardner, bestselling author of Never Tell, Look for Me, and Right Behind You
'A Conspiracy of Bones shows off Kathy Reichs’ dazzling new level of plotting mastery. A thrilling read from one of my favorite writers.' Karin Slaughter, bestselling author of The Lost Widow, Pieces of Her, and Cop Town
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you’re struggling with confusion and headaches following brain surgery, chances are the last thing you should be doing is working, especially if that work involves a disturbingly disfigured corpse. Yet that’s exactly the situation forensic expert Temperance Brennan finds herself in. But—as seasoned fans of this hit forensic-thriller series already know and newcomers will quickly learn—there’s not much that can stop Tempe from seeking the truth. Best-selling author Kathy Reichs uses her hero’s integrity and sincerity to give this mystery a big heart. Thanks to her background as a forensic anthropologist, Reichs also fills the story with compellingly real details and brisk pacing that ratchets up the suspense.
Bestseller Reichs's excellent 19th Temperance Brennan novel (after 2015's Speaking in Bones) finds the forensic anthropologist at her breaking point after a series of traumatic events, including the murder of her boss, who was succeeded by a woman who regards Brennan as persona non grata; her mother's cancer diagnosis; and the discovery that Brennan herself has a potentially fatal aneurysm. She begins to doubt her own senses when she thinks she spots a man in a trench coat lurking outside her Charlotte, N.C., home in the middle of the night, but fears that it might have just been a hallucination. She's then rattled to receive grisly images on her phone of an eviscerated male corpse without a face. Hooked by the mystery of who sent the pictures and why, Brennan risks her professional standing by pursuing the matter, despite the opposition of Charlotte's new medical examiner. The trail takes multiple unexpected turns as Brennan pursues leads connected to bioweapons, a ferry sinking, and the Dark Web, in this crackerjack puzzle. CSI junkies who haven't read Reichs before will be hooked.
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I have been a fan of Kathy Reichs (and Tempe) for decades and so excited when this latest book was released. I’m not even a quarter of the way in and the number of times Tempe (or is it Kathy?) mentions vaccination and makes reference to anti-vaxxers is wearing thin. For goodness sake, go on a talk show to push your vaccination rhetoric, please don’t drag Tempe into it. I don’t know if you’ve met anyone who has had the misfortune to be injured by a vaccine, but I have. Whilst I don’t believe in the dogma that vaccinations cause autism, I do believe that they are a medical procedure that parents should consider carefully - as they should with ANY medical treatment for their child. Like all medical interventions, vaccines are not without risk. Anyone who claims otherwise is of questionable intelligence. I really hope the narrative moves away from the vaccination debate soon because I expected better from both Kathy and Tempe. Tempe never struck me as a head-in-the-sand-do-what-the-Doctor-says-without-question-if-they-say-it’s-safe-then-it-is type of person. Rather, her appeal has always been that she has always questioned everything and everyone. You’re better than this Tempe!