Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs

77%

11 Critic Reviews

Reichs imbues this fusion of past and present with her signature blend of forensic know-how and deeply felt characters.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Kathy Reichs—#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—returns with a riveting new novel set in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring America’s favorite forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan.

Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble’s sister, Cindi, then a high school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Could the body be Cindi’s? Or Cale’s?

At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, only to terminate it weeks later. Was there a cover-up? As Tempe juggles multiple theories, the discovery of a strange, deadly substance in the barrel alongside the body throws everything into question. Then an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes missing during Race Week. Tempe can’t overlook the coincidence. Was this man using his lab chemicals for murder? Or is the explanation even more sinister? What other secrets lurk behind the festive veneer of Race Week?

A turbocharged story of secrets and murder unfolds in this, the fourteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones about to enter its seventh season and in full syndication—and her most recent novel, Spider Bones, an instant New York Times bestseller—Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.
 

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 23, 2011 by Scribner. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Flash and Bones
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 05 2011

Reichs plots conscientiously but uncompellingly, dialing down the suspense except for the cliffhanger...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 20 2011

Reichs imbues this fusion of past and present with her signature blend of forensic know-how and deeply felt characters.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Roz Shea on Jul 05 2011

...her on-again, off-again romance...and her tribulations with her former husband complicate her personal life. In FLASH AND BONES, it only gets more interesting, which of course is what you would expect from this complex woman.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jill Smith on Mar 15 2013

Like the great storyteller she is, Reichs makes sure her readers receive an eerie tale full of disappearances, hatred and murder.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Aug 22 2011

..."Flash and Bones" is a quick and compelling read that will appeal to anyone who likes reading forensic thrillers.

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Express

Above average
on Sep 11 2011

Fans of Reichs’s novels might be disappointed that Flash And Bones contains relatively little of her signature forensic dissection...

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Deseret News

Good
on Aug 22 2011

..."Flash and Bones" is a quick and compelling read that will appeal to anyone who likes reading forensic thrillers.

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Fiction Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Olmedo on Dec 22 2011

Flash and Bones is another must read for anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel.

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FictionDB

Excellent

A turbocharged story of secrets and murder unfolds...Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.

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Thinking About Books

Above average
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jul 26 2012

It makes for a genuinely interesting intellectual ride although I confess to skipping through all the NASCAR factual stuff as terminally boring.

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Publishing A Book Is An Adventure

Below average
Reviewed by Alexius White on May 17 2012

There were a few things about the novel that I didn’t like. One was the bad guy; I won’t tell you who it is. Yet it is easy to figure out.

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