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Spider Bones: A Novel | [Kathy Reichs]

Spider Bones: A Novel

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?
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Publisher's Summary

Kathy Reichs—number-one New York Times best-selling author and producer of the Fox television hit Bones—returns with the 13th 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?

Flesh and bones: investigate more of Temperance Brennan's forensic cases.

©2010 Temperance Brennan, LP. All rights reserved (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Reichs, a former forensic anthropologist herself, whose early books were occasionally a bit clunky (it's not a smooth transition, apparently, from deconstructing bones to constructing sentences), has developed into a solid writer. Fans of the television series Bones, based on Reich's life and career, will note plenty of differences between the show and the novels, but they will find that Brennan on the page still offers much to enjoy." (Booklist)

"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." (Publishers Weekly)

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    T. Rhea TN 09-04-11
    T. Rhea TN 09-04-11

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    I have always been a fan of Reichs. I am finding that her later works are becoming somewhat technical & I really have to listen to keep up with the plot. Storyline held me the fist couple of chapters then I began to have to really work at sifting the story from the technical. By mid listen, it started to get easier and the ending was good. Ms. Edmond is a good narrator for this series.

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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 06-25-11
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the televison Bones"

    This was my introduction to Kathy's books. I am addicted to the Television show. These are two different characters with two different back stories. Good listen all the same. Drive time, not sleepy time is my recommendation.

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    Jungle Doctor 04-18-11
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    "Spider Bones"

    Some what a lack luster writing. Too much hit and miss in the writing. Reminded me of my high school papers: changing, changing and more changing of thoughts. Not one of her best but glad I did take the time to listen. Would not have pick Linda Emond as the reader.

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    Angela West Valley City, UT, United States 02-12-11
    Angela West Valley City, UT, United States 02-12-11 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Enjoyed once more"

    I had the pleasure of reading Kathy's works before the series. I must say although I watch the series weekly and quite enjoy it I find the character different which to me is expected. The actor portrays the character and likewise with narration. I found that in some ways they were the same, yet different as it takes some time for the series to show Tempe's sense of humor yet I see it sooner in the books. I found the story very easy to listen to and I enjoyed the plot. The ending a bit fast paced......had to skip back a few times to catch it all. Much of the same Tempe and to me not as technical as the TV show character, it depends on how you see her.

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    dawn North Aurora, IL, United States 11-27-10
    dawn North Aurora, IL, United States 11-27-10
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    "little disappointed"

    I was a little disappointed in this book. This is the first of the series I have read and really like the TV show Bones. Of course, I expected the main character to be slightly different TV to print, but I found Temperance to be a a completely different breed all together. This was a little odd! The story itself was convoluted and hard to follow when listening, especially when talking about case numbers. I can't say I won't listen to another in the series, but I don't think it will be my next purchase.

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    Joanne Morrisburg, ON, Canada 11-17-10
    Joanne Morrisburg, ON, Canada 11-17-10
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    "Too many technical details"

    I would have enjoyed this book, it had a great idea, however she goes into way, way too many technical details. Just the basics would have done it for me:)

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    Amelia 11-04-10
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    "Bones...really?"

    If you are a fan of Emily Deschanel's character on the TV show, mentally change the heroine's name in this story. She bears no resemblance to the Bones I know and love. Entertaining story, well-read, but not-so well-written. Lots of cheezy descriptions and silly Detective story-type dialogue (as if Guy Noir took up writing).

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    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 09-11-10
    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 09-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs"

    I have been very entertained by the Bones series, and found this one to stay in the same pattern as the past.

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