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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

Critic Reviews

"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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The audio version is even better than hard back version

I read this book when it first came out. At the time I worked some strange hours. I came home from work one night with the book. By 2 PM the next day when I went to work I had read the whole book. Did not sleep much that night though.
It has been long enough between then and now to make this almost like a first read. I almost passed on the book when I saw who the narrator was but decided to risk it. This is one of the best narrations by Barbara Rosenblat that I have heard. Normally her voice drives me nuts with the background sounds. Not in this book. I feel that she was the perfect voice. I even enjoyed the little bit of singing.
In some of the other books in the series the switching between English and French is poorly done. This was a nice transition.
This is a long book. There are several times where the action gets exciting and fast paced. This keeps the book exciting. I must say that I didn't remember most of the ending so the last couple chapters had me on the edge of my chair. Now I will need figure out what other book in the series I want to do the audio version of. Happy Listening!

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Great book; well narrated

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. It has been at least 20 years since I first read this book. I had forgotten most of the details, so it was a bit like reading the book for the first time.

What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I didn't have the negative reaction to the narration that some people have had. I still prefer to read a book for myself, but I do enjoy listening to books during my commute to and from work. This narrator has done a fine job. I only noticed a few words that were pronounced incorrectly, and those were medical terms. Her French pronunciation is fine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I won't give the details, because I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone. For me, it was early on when I realized/remembered that Brennan was going to face an especially difficult challenge.

Any additional comments?

I've been a fan of Kathy Reichs for around 20 years. Her books never disappoint. I look forward to purchasing more of her books on Audible in the future.

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What a thriller!

If you could sum up Deja Dead in three words, what would they be?

suspenseful, thrilling, and spine-tingling

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narration, as well. I've no idea what other people are complaining about! Perhaps some folks objected to the some of the more guttural French sounds. I noticed them and they reminded me of my high school French teacher's pronunciation. Perhaps her accent is more Parisian than French-Canadian. I have no clue as I'm not fluent in French.
Regardless, I really enjoyed this audio book.

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One of the few books I've stopped reading

I just couldn't take the characters' stupidity anymore - the women are idiots and the men are misogynists. At least through the first 3.5 hours.

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hard to listen to

all the french made it really confusing. French names and phrases that all sound alike when you don't speak the language. maybe reading the book wouldn't be so bad, but between being painfully slow and not understanding the foreign language, I could barely finish it.

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Barbara IS Temperance

Barbara Rosenblat did a great job with this narration. She made the character come alive and the imagery was addicting. I only wish she narrated the next book.

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Bones lovers NEED to read this

Would you listen to Deja Dead again? Why?

Sure, eventually. I think mysteries/thrillers are best the first time through, and this one is fun to read because I love the show "Bones" so much; I would like to read it again later and see how much I remember and if there are things to catch that I didn't the second time through. Plus, Kathy Reichs' writing style is BEAUTIFUL, so even though I know the mystery, her descriptions and snarky style (from Tempe's point of view) is enough to get me to read it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tempe Brennan is feisty, sarcastic, tough and it's hard not to love her. Being that the narrative is from her point of view, it's easy to get inside her head and feel and think how she does; she's so cool and fun that it's hard not to love her.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

I did like Temperance, but I also enjoyed the French-accented characters. I have very little reference for an authentic accent so it sounded good to be. Better than I could have done--and had I read it myself I wouldn't have imagined the accents or pronounced words correctly. So kudos to Barbara Rosenblat for preforming this one for me.

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Narration isn't that bad!

I actually really enjoyed this book and the narrorator, I think did a good job!

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Barbara Rosenblat is the best!

Ms Rosenblat makes the stories she narrates come alive. This book is perfect for he style.

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not the Bones your used to

What did you like best about Deja Dead? What did you like least?

this is a decent mystery if a bit dated. I laughed when they were changing the tape on the answering machine and using a cell phone.

What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s voice?

good reader but again this is not BONES and the character is not the TV version

Do you think Deja Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

there are only 20 plus available