It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police.
One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. Something about the crime scene is familiar to Tempe: the stashing of the body parts; the meticulous dismemberment. As a pattern continues to emerge, Tempe calls upon all her forensic skills, including bone, tooth/dental, and bitemark analysis and x-ray microflourescence to convince the police that the cases are related and to try to stop the killer before he strikes again.
Told with lacerating authenticity and passion, Déjà Dead is both poignant and terrifying as it hurtles toward its breathtaking conclusion and instantly catapults Kathy Reich into the top ranks of crime authors.
©1997 Kathy Reichs (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Accomplished and chilling." (People)
"Kathy Reichs knows how to put all [of her] exotic experience into a novel....Quebec's own Southern gal give[s] Cornwell a run for the money." (Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail)
"What makes Déjà Dead so compelling, in addition to the authoritative descriptions of how a forensic scientist 'reads' the story the bones tell, is the character of Brennan - smart, persistent, gutsy, ironic yet vulnerable." (Judy Stoffman, Toronto Star)
I've been a serious fan and dedicated watcher of Bones, the Fox tv show, since season 1, but I had never before read the books that inspired the show. I sincerely enjoyed the book and story. It was an excellent mystery with a strong, engaging protagonist and interesting secondary characters. I must admit to Bones lovers out there, however, that this Brennan is not the same as the character from the show. She is older, and though abrasive she is more introverted than socially inept. Furthermore, she has a family, and there was no Booth... At least not yet!
Well read and worth a listen! I would certainly recommend this one, especially if you enjoy Bones.
This is the first time that I felt that the book was NOT better than "the movie". I am a fan of the television series Bones, and looked forward to "reading" the book. I anticipated character development much better than the tv series, instead I was introduced to a middle-aged, whining, 12-step alchoholic meddler who "blunders" into crime solving and then blames others for the tragedies that ensue.
The narration was horrible.
Don't waste your credit.
I was really, really looking forward to listening to the entire collection! However I just could not get beyond the first hour...i tried-i really did! The Reader is worse than awful. She is way too slow, tries too hard to make it exciting. I cant even judge the story because i found my teeth grinding listening to her. Sadly, this is my first and last book read by this Reader. I have even written her name down so i dont purchase any further reads by her.
the constant and sometimes absurd analogies drove me crazy. I liked the overall story but difficult to get through due to the poor writing.
Taut thriller by a very good author. I like this version of Tempe Brennan even better than the one on Bones.
My husband and I use audio books so we can read the same book at the same time. This way we can discuss and have fun listening together.
I loved this book but she is now Barbara Rossenblat. Dont know if I can do this with a new nattaror
I chose it because I love Bones, this isn't anything like the show but I still enjoyed it. My only complaint is the narrator reads super slow, after I bumped it up to 1.25 it was ok.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I pulled the book because I wanted see if they were skipped or different. I think different.
The story and the tension is expertly handled. But I had a really hard time getting past the ridiculously overdone metaphors (similes to be specific). "My hear pounded like a moth against a screen." Innocuous on its own, but compounded by another hundred or more times throughout the book - at least five per page it felt - and the speaker just began to sound ridiculous. Too much language used to describe something that would have been much more visceral if described in half the amount of words. Read/listen only if you won't be bothered by the over abundance of descriptors in already cramped story space.
I would have given this a 5 all around but there's a good ten minute segment where it's nothing but buzzing for various reasons, whether it's flies or whatever else. It almost made me rage quit while I was listening. Surely there was a less irritating way to do it.
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