Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
(Tempe Brennan)

69%

9 Critic Reviews

It is all too evident that Reichs’ chief literary challenge in this novel is drawing out the story line and padding the prose until a narrative the length of a 300-page book is achieved.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

Kathy Reichs—#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—returns with the thirteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan.

 

John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

 

Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery’s grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis—to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military’s Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how “ex” is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery’s dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies—all identified as Lowery.

 

And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu’s flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?

 

A complex and riveting tale of deceit and murder unfolds in this, the thirteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones now in its fifth season and in full syndication—and her most recent novel, 206 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 24, 2010 by Scribner. 404 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Spider Bones
All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 16 2010

Enough forensic examinations, misidentifications, genetic anomalies and coincidences for a whole season of snappy Tempe’s TV adventures.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 21 2010

Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Crystal Falconer on Aug 13 2011

Pick up this book and find out why Kathy Reichs is so popular among detective and crime fiction fans.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Gloria Ackman on Feb 23 2011

Like all Reichs novels, this one provides the reader with learning opportunities while enjoying plot twists, character conflicts, and, in this case, also vicariously sitting on a Hawaiian beach.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Aug 24 2010

...Kathy Reichs at her forensic height...she does not get overwrought in drama or horrific serial killers and can simply tell an engaging story that will appeal to anyone who is a fan of top-notch forensic file mysteries.

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NJ.com

Good
on Aug 29 2010

...considering the number of tibias and ulnas unearthed, the title certainly fits.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Below average
on Dec 30 2010

Confusion reigns, for the book’s characters and the reader as well. I found the novel often slow going...

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Crime Fiction Lover

Below average
on Nov 07 2011

The threads of the parallel stories that come together at the end left me unable to suspend disbelief and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would...

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Sep 04 2010

It is all too evident that Reichs’ chief literary challenge in this novel is drawing out the story line and padding the prose until a narrative the length of a 300-page book is achieved.

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