Aaron Elkins
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Aaron Elkins

I'm a former anthropologist who has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982, having won an Edgar for Old Bones, as well as a subsequent Agatha (with my wife Charlotte), and a Nero Wolfe Award. My major continuing series features forensic anthropologist-detective Gideon Oliver, "the Skeleton Detective."

Lately, I've seen myself referred to as "the father of the modern forensic mystery," and, by gosh, I think I am! Before "Fellowship of Fear," the first Gideon Oliver, published in 1982, you'd have to go back 70 years and more to Austin Freeman and his Dr. Thorndyke series. Between the two good doctors (Thorndyke and Oliver), there was only Jack Klugman's "Quincy," so far as I know, and he was a TV character.

The Gideon Oliver books have been (roughly) translated into a major ABC-TV series and have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. My work has been published in a dozen languages. Charlotte and I live on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, our marriage having survived (more or less intact) our collaboration on novels and short stories.

Although I've been a full-time writer for some time now, I also remain active in real-life forensics by serving as the forensic anthropologist on the Olympic Peninsula Cold Case Task Force.

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    • Dead Men's Hearts

    • Gideon Oliver Mysteries Series, Book 8
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Joel Richards
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    An ancient skeleton tossed in a garbage dump is the first conundrum to rattle Gideon Oliver when he arrives in Egypt....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • A Long Time Coming

    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
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      4 out of 5 stars 125

    Art curator Val Caruso is not a happy camper. His promotion has just been nixed, his divorce has become final, and he’s dug himself into a little rut for his fortieth birthday. The uplift? A trip to Milan to help Holocaust survivor Sol Bezzecca recover a pair of cherished sketches by Renoir....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Memories

    • By Bonnie Paladino on 02-07-19

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Fellowship of Fear

    • Gideon Oliver Mysteries Series, Book 1
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Joel Richards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
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      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    When anthropology professor Gideon Oliver is offered a teaching fellowship at US military bases in Germany, Sicily, Spain, and Holland, he wastes no time accepting. But on his first night, he is forced to fend off two men who have invaded his Heidelberg hotel room with intent to kill....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Painful

    • By Christine M. on 07-14-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • A Wicked Slice

    • A Lee Ofsted Mystery
    • By: Aaron Elkins, Charlotte Elkins
    • Narrated by: Julia Farhat
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Aaron Elkins, the author of the Edgar-winning Old Bones, teamed up with his wife, Charlotte, to fashion this lighthearted mystery - a fictional look at the less glamorous side of a golf tour....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • UGH...

    • By Me & My Girls on 07-18-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Make No Bones

    • The Gideon Oliver Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Joel Richards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    There is not much left of the irascible Albert Evan Jasper after his demise in a fiery car crash. But in accord with his wishes, his remains are installed in an Oregon museum. It is a fitting end for a great forensic scientist - until what is left of him disappears.... 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Trouble with Mirrors

    • An Alix London Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Aaron Elkins, Charlotte Elkins
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 213

    Alix London, the art restorer and FBI consultant renowned as the Art Whisperer, can spot a counterfeit masterpiece before the paint even dries....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Alix marries the FBI agent who...

    • By Wayne on 09-24-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • A Dangerous Talent

    • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,288
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,158
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,158

    When an attempted art theft goes horribly wrong, Alix London is plunged into a tangled web of forgery, deceit - and murder....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I enjoyed this

    • By Constance Jenkins on 09-11-17

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Art Whisperer

    • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 240

    In her third mystery, Alix London must see through mirages in the desert to uncover the knotted history of the painting - and save herself in the process....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent Alix London art mystery

    • By Wayne on 09-22-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • A Deceptive Clarity

    • A Chris Norgren Mystery
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Corey Snow
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
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      4 out of 5 stars 55
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      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance art expert, heads to Berlin to assist in mounting a sensational exhibit....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How great this art!

    • By Mary B. Wheeler on 11-20-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Dark Place

    • Gideon Oliver Mysteries Series, Book 2
    • By: Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated by: Joel Richards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Deep in the rainforest of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, the skeletal remains of a murdered man are discovered. And a strange tale begins to unfold, for forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver determines that the murder weapon was a bone spear of a type not seen for 10,000 years....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
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    • By Donna on 02-22-19

    Regular price: $17.49

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