Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
A Novel (Temperance Brennan)

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# 1 international bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns to Charlotte, North Carolina with her eleventh riveting novel in which America’s favorite forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, encounters voodoo, Santeria, Satanism, and a Wiccan in her quest to identify two young victims.

In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery—a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

Nothing is clear—neither when the deaths occurred, nor where. Was the skull brought to the cellar or was the girl murdered there? Why is the boy’s body remarkably well preserved? Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans. They begin a witch-hunt, intent on seeking revenge.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan—“five-five, feisty, and forty-plus”—is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this, Kathy Reichs’s eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery.

With a popular series on Fox, Kathy Reichs has established herself as the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Devil Bones features Reichs’s signature blend of forensic descriptions that “chill to the bone” (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her books phenomenal bestsellers in the United States and around the world.

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 August 22, 2008 by Scribner. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Book Reporter

As Tempe determines that the human skull found in the hidden.

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Suite 101

The latest Theresa MacLean investigative mystery focuses on a Cleveland serial killer whose vicious methods appear again over seventy years later.

Nov 19 2008 | Read Full Review of Devil Bones: A Novel (Tempera...


When a worker uncovers a collection of bones, animal carcasses and a skull in a cellar, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, is called to assist with the investigation.

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Tampa Bay Times

Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist who also writes novels, learned about the mysterious religion Santeria from a pathologist in the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Office about 20 years ago.

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Curious Book Fans

Give her a pet – Tempe has a cat called Birdie – and give her an on-again-off-again boyfriend, in this case she’s in an off-again period with Andrew Ryan, the delectable detective from Quebec.

May 16 2010 | Read Full Review of Devil Bones: A Novel (Tempera...

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