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Deja Dead | [Kathy Reichs]

Deja Dead

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joan Petaluma, CA, United States 09-28-11
    Joan Petaluma, CA, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    Book was way too detailed oriented on the small things. If you were watching this as a tv show or a movie, it would be ok but as a book, the details were just too involved. I am sure the abridged version would have been much better. Story line was actually good, but too cluttered by all the bla bla bla of the insignificant backround that was talked about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Jones 11-13-11
    Anne Jones 11-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "One star is too generous"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen L. Cohen Milford, PA United States 09-21-14
    Karen L. Cohen Milford, PA United States 09-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I don't like the performance"
    If you could sum up Deja Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Good story, annoying reader.


    What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s performance?

    Too much breath


    Any additional comments?

    I originally thought the main character would be like Bones on TV, but although she had the same job and name, it was not the same character. That was okay and I got past that. But the reader's breathing was very annoying - you could frequently hear her in-take of breath and I found that distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffinay 07-01-14
    Tiffinay 07-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like best about Deja Dead? What did you like least?

    I was so excited to try the book series, but in this case the show is a million times better than the book. The narrator is the WORST! Her pauses, spit swallowing - it is all way too much!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a good mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Rosenblat?

    Anyone but Barbara Rosenblat... Listening is disgusting!


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to try the second book. I pray the dislike of this book is due to the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-30-14
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Disapointing 1st read for the Kathy Reichs series"

    The narrator was good... but I did NOT enjoy her. She sounded like she smoked way too many cigarette's. Just not the voice I would put together with the character., Also... the way everything wrapped up at the end seemed very unrealistic to me. I was very disappointed. I don't think I'll read anymore from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 04-26-14
    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 04-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Perplexed over other reviews about the narrator"

    I was surprised at the negative reviews of the narration of this book. I've listened to a number books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and have always been impressed by her interpretations. Normally, I listen to books in the car, so possibly have not heard some of the "offending sounds" others have pointed out because of background road noise. But I think her performances are terrific. She has a way of creating a mood, a personality for the characters she reads. Subtleties in voice, in accent, denote and differentiate the characters beautifully. I have bought books she's narrated simply because she was the reader.

    Now, the book. I have enjoyed most of the Temperance Brennen stories. A forensic anthropologist, Brennen is called in on cases where the mostly unidentifiable remains require extensive analysis and investigation to solve murder cases. There is thoughtful description of how these analyses are done, which I find fascinating. How anthropomorphic details like size,age, sex, etc. can be deciphered from clues in often very deteriorated human remains. The detailed police tactics involved in the case are also intriguing and interesting, because she describes enough detail to reveal the logic and rationale for how cases are handled. The story is convoluted, and engaging. I found I couldn't wait to get back in the car for my commute to listen to the next section of the book.

    There are twists and turns in the story, and characters are revealed in such a way to lead you to wondering all the time how they fit together, and which is the perpetrator in this murder mystery.

    Scenes are described with exacting detail, and given Rosenblat's interpretation, I feel drawn into each scene. Brennen's own relationships and inner demons are like a continuous undertone - a layer under the surface of the story that kept me intrigued not only with her job, but her life and relationships.

    I think this is a good read, and I think Barbara Rosenblat is a great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly East Syracuse, NY, United States 03-09-14
    Holly East Syracuse, NY, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I am having trouble finishing this book"

    The narrator is very good.
    I have read the book before and usually don't mind revisiting a book multiple times. But I am not getting in to this book. Perhaps. I will try it later. My tastes and feeling for what I'm reading change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R Moores Arcanum, OH USA 01-21-14
    R Moores Arcanum, OH USA 01-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Apt tiltle. cause you read it before."
    What would have made Deja Dead better?

    Originality Story started good but about halfway through you feel as if you had read it already. its filled with every cliché available in the genre. Serial killer fixates on main char. Best friend is pulled in, no one believes heroine (although there are 5 bodies) Heroine searches for a body in abandoned area of city, at night, in the rain, same time the killer happens to return.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing from this series. maybe something from Charles Todd


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Narration was very good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good Narration.. Story was decent but predictable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Cary, NC 10-08-13
    Jennifer Cary, NC 10-08-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Wow, What a Coincidence! (sarcasm)"

    First, if you listened to the first book in this series and couldn't stand the narrator, rest assured that this one is better, although she seems to think that every person south of the Mason-Dixon Line speaks with a grating, backwoodsy twang.

    Second, if you're looking for Emily Deschanel's Tempe Brennan, you are not going to find her here. However, if you can let go of what you know from the TV show and just accept that this Tempe is different, you might end up liking her in a different way.

    Now, what I think of the story:
    It had an interesting and compelling premise (religious movement/cult stuff), and it had mostly interesting forensics, anthropology, and sociology background stuff and information, although sometimes this information was dry, and it was often inserted in awkward, unnatural sounding conversations between characters. The biggest problem I had with the story was the over-the-top, unlikely, wholly improbable coincidences and chance timings of certain events and connections that took place throughout the entire story. I certainly don't want to give anything away, but really, the way events and people from Texas to Montreal to SC to NC crossed paths and linked up was SO far-fetched, the entire work lost credibility. I often have to suspend my disbelief in crime/mystery/suspense books, but this pushed the limit. Also, I read (listened to) Book 1 and Book 2 in quick succession--both had a flighty woman whom Tempe cared about who went missing, and in both books, the climactic scenes took place during a weather event--seems trite and cliche in one book, let alone two ("It was a dark and stormy night...").

    I do like Tempe's character, and I feel like her occupation lends some real potential to future story lines, but I'm not going to continue with this series for awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 07-15-13
    Pam Frankfort,, Il, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathy Reichs again?

    I like the "Bones" TV series so I'm willing to give her another try.


    Did Barbara Rosenblat do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Pretty good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deja Dead?

    Too many chopped off heads


    Any additional comments?

    I kept loosing interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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