Skeleton Dance by Aaron Elkins
(Book Ten in the Gideon Oliver Series)

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"Many people-villagers, campers, tourists-explore these caves. People have died in them before. They slip and fall, they are crushed by loosened rocks, they die of natural causes--"

Joly looked at him, only barely managing to keep from shaking his head at the man's never-ending obtuseness.

"And do they bury themselves as well?" he asked.-- From Skeleton Dance

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac is known for three things: paté de foie gras, truffles, and ancient bones. This small French village is home to the largest concentration of prehistoric fossils in Europe and headquarters of the prestigious Institut de Préhistoire, which studies them. So when the local police inspector, Lucien Anatole Joly, finds reason to suspect foul play, he places a call to his old friend Gideon Oliver, the famed "Skeleton Detective," hailed by Publishers Weekly as "shrewd, witty, and self- deprecating, " and by the Chicago Tribune as a "likeable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth."

Once Gideon arrives, murder piles on murder, puzzle on puzzle, and electrifying surprise on surprise, in a series of unexpected events that threaten to tear the once sober, dignified institute apart. It takes a bizarre and startling forensic breakthrough by Gideon to bring an end to a trail of deception almost forty thousand years in the making.The Edgar Award-winning author of Loot offers a spine-tingling tale of suspicion, intrigue, and murder.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac is known for three things: pate de fois gras, truffles, and ancient bones. This small French village is home to the largest concentration of prehistoric fossils in Europe and headquarters of the prestigious Institut de Prehistoire, which studies them. So when a local dog drags a few bones into its backyard, no one thinks twice. But when the village's chief inspector finds reason to suspect foul play he places a call to his old friend Gideon Oliver, the famed "Skeleton Detective" hailed by Publishers Weekly (starred review) as "shrewd, witty, and self-deprecating," and by the Chicago Tribune as a "likeable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth."

Once Gideon arrives, murder piles on murder, puzzle on puzzle, and electrifying surprise on surprise, in a series of unexpected events that threaten to tear the once-sober, dignified institute apart. It takes a bizarre and startling forensic breakthrough by Gideon to bring to an end a trail of deception, jealousy, frustration, and homicide almost forty millennia in the making.

 

About Aaron Elkins

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Former anthropologist Aaron Elkins has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982. He won an Edgar award for Old Bones, as well as an Agatha (with his wife Charlotte), and a Nero Wolfe Award. His major continuing series features forensic anthropologist-detective Gideon Oliver, "the skeleton detective". Aaron speaks often at professional conferences, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, has written for Smithsonian magazine, and is the author of several short stories. His work, which has been published in over a dozen languages, include: NASTY BREAKS (with his wife Charlotte Elkins), MAKE NO BONES, A DECEPTIVE CLARITY, SKELETON DANCE, THE DARK PLACE, and Little Tiny Teeth. He and his wife Charlotte live in Washington.
 
Published April 1, 2014 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Academic infighting, at once comically petty and deadly serious, is the subject of Elkins's terrific follow-up to Old Bones, winner of the 1988 Edgar Award for best novel. This time, celebrated Seattl

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(CNN) -- "Skeleton Dance" is the latest in a series of mystery novels by Aaron Elkins featuring the famous sleuth Gideon Oliver, better known as the "Skeleton Detective."

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