A new story featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan - from #1 New York Times best-selling author and FOX TV’s Bones producer, Kathy Reichs.
When a fly-covered canvas bag floats to the surface of North Carolina’s Mountain Island Lake, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called to the scene. Animal remains? Or could this be related to bone fragments from a human male found nearby?
To Tempe’s surprise, the decomposed body indicates the person was a female young adult. The profile fits the description of a missing graduate student named Edith Blankenship. Was Blankenship murdered? If so, why?
Blankenship’s body turned up on an artist colony where an eco-radical named Herman Blount has been squatting. Blount has posted online rants threatening to blow up a power station he says is polluting the area. Is Blount capable of violence?
Blankenship was a loner, but she proved a dedicated advocate for birds at UNC–Charlotte and the Carolina Raptor Center. Did Blankenship’s passion lead her into danger? Alongside Detective “Skinny” Slidell, Tempe puts life on hold until she discovers the truth behind Blankenship’s death. But Tempe’s own passion for crime solving will lead her into danger of her own.
Bones in Her Pocket is an exhilarating new installment in the Temperance Brennan series.
©2013 Kathy Reichs (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I've got the entire Reichs series and was disappointed in this short story. First, we have the usual problem of a forensic pathologist playing active investigator. This is usual, but how many times can the heroine act as "i'll just go and physically play the police" before she mucks up a crime scene or gets herself (or someone else killed)? She is NOT "law enforcement". The second problem was the preachy end of the story with the diatribe on "puppy mills". The issue of inhumane treatment of animals (canine or otherwise) was more or less stuck into the story with no real justification other than to provide a motive (which had nothing to do with the rest of the story) and a reason for an evangelistic type plea -- as if all breeders of dogs were inhumane. Dog breeders include groups like the Seeing Eye (who breed their own guide dogs). The "out of thin air" motive and diatribe not only put me off this particular book, it rather poisoned the entire series.
no preaching, please. If you are going to investigate, take a trained policeman. Or should the heroine invite her Canadian friend to practice forensics?
didn't read the printer version.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well done.
YES - I FIND THE BOOKS TEDIOUS BUT ENJOY THE AUDIOS
THE QUICKNESS OF THE RESOLUTION
I ALWAYS ENJOY LISTENING TO KATHY REICH'S BOOKS
I generally like Kathy Reich and her Scarpetta novels. This one was an extreme exception though. It seemed like Kathy was experimenting with writing a novel that used no sentence longer than 6 words. Many. Sentences. Were. One. Word.
About halfway through, the choppy writing became more noticeable than the story. In the end, it appeared to be a story with the only intent being to stop puppy mills. Laudable goal perhaps, but next time make the writing worth the end goal...
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