Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs

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Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs exploded onto bestseller lists worldwide with her phenomenal debut novel Déjà Dead—and introduced “[a] brilliant heroine” (Glamour) in league with Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta. Dr. Temperance Brennan, Quebec’s director of forensic anthropology, now returns in a thrilling new investigation into the secrets of the dead.

In the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, Tempe Brennan is digging for a corpse buried more than a century ago. Although Tempe thrives on such enigmas from the past, it’s a chain of contemporary deaths and disappearances that has seized her attention—and she alone is ideally placed to make a chilling connection among the seemingly unrelated events. At the crime scene, at the morgue, and in the lab, Tempe probes a mystery that sweeps from a deadly Quebec fire to startling discoveries in the Carolinas, and culminates in Montreal with a terrifying showdown—a nerve-shattering test of both her forensic expertise and her skills for survival.
 

About Kathy Reichs

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Kathy Reichs, like her character Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist, formerly for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and for the province of Quebec. A professor in the department of anthropology at the UNC at Charlotte, she is one of only eighty-eight forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, is past Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada.
 
Published November 5, 1999 by Scribner. 480 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When the grisly discoveries Tempe’s made in the lab link the dead of St-Jovite to Dominick Owens’s commune in sleepy Beaufort, South Carolina, the site of two other killings, the evidence shrieks conspiracy, and the prose shrieks along with it: chapters end with the likes of Tempe’s —trepidation ...

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Before writing this review I contacted a friend (mystery writer Anne Grant) who lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, to ask if she knows for certain if Kathy Reichs is a real person.

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Though the reader solves the mystery in Death du Jour before Brennan, the writing is snappy, and the forensic detail gruesome — and riveting — so it's still fun to go along for the ride.

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