“A very talented writer” (Lee Child), who is “smart, tough, and right on the mark” (Catherine Coulter), and “among the best writers of crime fiction” (Jan Burke), Anthony Award-winning author Robin Burcell broadens her canvas with The Bone Chamber—an electrifying thriller that recalls the best of James Rollins and Dan Brown as it races across the globe. An extraordinary adventure that combines C.S.I. forensic investigation with global conspiracy and ancient secrets of the and the Knights Templar, The Bone Chamber is a non-stop thrill ride that never slows down.
Burcell's second novel to feature FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick (after 2008's Face of a Killer) offers plenty of action, if not the freshest ideas. After Fitzpatrick helps identify the faceless corpse of a young woman as the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Fitzpatrick decides to follow mysterious, predictably gruff covert government agent Zach Griffin to Rome. There they search for a "third key," alluded to by a forensic anthropologist friend and colleague recently killed in a hit-and-run accident. Fitzpatrick and Griffin believe the key will lead them to a map, buried in the crypts of Rome or Naples, that may be connected to bioterrorism and a very bad guy named Carlo Adami. All this excitement takes them through standard variations on the Freemason conspiracy theory and a good deal of underground scrambling, Indiana Jones style. It's all fun, if somewhat clich d, and a little burdened by Fitzpatrick's many moments of brooding and indecision.