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Grave Secrets | [Kathy Reichs]

Grave Secrets

Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.
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Publisher's Summary

It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are "the disappeared."

The team is packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. Two colleagues are under attack. Shots ring out, and Tempe listens in horror to a woman's screams. Then there is silence. Dead silence.

With this new violence, Tempe is asked by the Guatemalan police for her expertise on another case. Four privileged young women have vanished from Guatemala City in recent months. One is the Canadian ambassador's daughter. Some remains have turned up in a septic tank. Unfortunately, Tempe knows septic tanks.

Teaming with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolomé Galiano, and with Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe soon finds herself in a dangerous web that stretches far beyond Guatemala's borders. As power, money, greed, and science converge, Tempe must make life-altering choices.

From cutting-edge science in the lab, where Tempe studies fetal bones and cat hair DNA, to a chilling encounter in a lonely morgue, Grave Secrets is powerful entertainment from a crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose.

Don't miss any of Tempe Brennan's investigations.

©2002 Temperance Brennan, L.P., All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The author keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of [crime fiction's] more complex and interesting protagonists." (Amazon.com)

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    Lisa Sheboygan, WI, United States 11-13-12
    Lisa Sheboygan, WI, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Kathy Reichs? Why or why not?

    Already have and they're good. :)


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very boring tone of voice. Nearly monotone and hardly any expression or difference between characters. Can't believe they used this narrator for more than one book. Other narrators were way way better, save one. Definitely reading the other books with this narrator not listening. ICK. Wish I'd listened to the sample more carefully. :(


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    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 02-16-12
    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Yawn"

    When the book started, I didn't think I was going to make it through. The narration is some of the most monotonous I've heard in a long long time. Her accents were great, but the narrative was boooooring.
    The story was disheveled and almost felt piecemeal. Not really cohesive.
    I did love the science when it did rear its beautiful head.
    This is NOT 'Bones', so do not come in expecting anything even close to those characters or that banter. I judge this book on its own, not on its dissimilarity to the TV show, although I can say that the witty dialogue from the show would have been a welcome addition, but perhaps I will find that in later books.
    Worth the listen once you can get past the single tone narrative, and for the hope that the series (and narrator) warm up.

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    Rebekah 01-24-11
    Rebekah 01-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Bones..."

    If you're expecting the quirky, impersonal, naive Bones from the TV show...you may be disappointed. Tempie in the books has a kid, has been married for a long time, and doesn't work primarily from her lab with her crew of squints. Don't fight the differences and enjoy the books for what they are...good mystery novels. This was my first Kathy Reichs book, and since then I have started 206 Bones...maybe more similarities will become apparent the more I read. The books are worth a try, so...happy reading!

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    Amy Baltimore, MD, United States 09-09-09
    Amy Baltimore, MD, United States 09-09-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Boring"

    I couldn't get into it. The narrator was flat. I had to go back again and again. So NoT worth it. I think if I had read it (instead of listened to it) it would have been better.

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    Denise Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-08-09
    Denise Walnut Creek, CA, United States 06-08-09 Member Since 2009

    I buy audio books to listen to during my commute and for taking long walks.

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    "Great story, great reading"

    Very good story, great reading. Fascinating detail on how a septic tank system works! I particularly enjoyed the location in Guatemala.

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    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 10-01-08
    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 10-01-08 Member Since 2008

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    "I enjoyed it"

    This was a good medical mystery. You learn a lot of information on Forensic anthropology.

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    Yuan-Yuan 09-03-08
    Yuan-Yuan 09-03-08
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    "Kinda realistic"

    Loved the book, the ending unfortunately was so-so. It's a very quiet book. Tempe Brennans musings, moods and observations on interpersonal relations are recounted. It also tries to explain the forensic procedures. I liked that, because it seems to be far more realistic than the flashy CSI stuff.
    Her character and the mood of the book is very different from "Bones" the tv series. I was okay with that, but be warned.

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    Paul B. Kohler Denver, CO USA 11-10-04
    Paul B. Kohler Denver, CO USA 11-10-04 Listener Since 2000

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    "Flat but interesting"

    I have been listening to Audible books for several years now, and this is one of the first that is leaving me less than fulfilled.

    I am about a third of the way through it now, and the narration is less then desirable. She seems to have the same tone of voice and 'flash' for all the books characters. There is no 'life' in the voice. In my mind, that is half of the reason to listen instead of read. To 'feel' the book as it is read.

    As for the story, it feels a little empty so far. In some areas, the author falls well short of describing things, and in other areas, floods the story with useless words.

    Finally, the authors use (or lack there of) of certain connectors is a little irritating. For example, when she met one of the characters, she described what he was wearing. As she did so, she dropped off the final 'and' like: his eyes were brown, almost red, like they captured the sunset; his hair was thick wavy black, brown hat. I mean really. How tough would it have been to say: ... wavy black hair and he supported a brown hat. She does this type of writing all too often in the book.

    I only hope that it gets better before it gets worse.

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    Zoe albuquerque, NM, USA 02-28-05
    Zoe albuquerque, NM, USA 02-28-05
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    "I loved it."

    Guatemala and an intersting mystery

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