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Edgar® Award-winning author Aaron Elkins's creation - forensics professor Gideon Oliver - has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth." Now the celebrated Skeleton Detective unearths a wealthy family's darkest secrets....

Alex Torkelsson has just gotten word: His late uncle Magnus's plane has been found south of Hawaii's Big Island after 10 long years. So too have Magnus' few skeletal remains, now handed over to the only man who can fit together the pieces of this mystery...

What forensic detective Gideon Oliver discovers could shake the Torkelsson family tree to its very roots. But this time his work is yielding more questions about the past than answers. Questions about the long-ago execution-style murder of Magnus's brother...about a mysterious will that benefits - as well as incriminates - its heirs...and most disturbing of all: questions as to the true identity of the corpse in the lagoon. As lie upon lie is revealed, Gideon's only hope is to let the bones of the dead condemn the living-before the living take revenge.

©2005 Aaron Elkins (P)2019 Tantor

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An Audiobook at Last!

Full discosure: this is one of my favorite books in a favorite series by one of my top ten -- maybe five-- favorite authors, and Joel Richards is -- as always-- a more than adequate narrator. The plot is even twistier, the characters -- sharply depicted as always-- even quirkier (gnarlier would perhaps be a better word for some), the sense of place and culture -- of terroire, as it were-- even more evocative. The underlying wry humor lightens darker moments -- to say more about that would be an unforgiveable spoiler. If you're new to Gideon Oliver, you might consider listening to (and, I hope, reading) the second in the series, The Dark Place (yeah, OK, another favorite) first or with this book. It's a little less highly developed and therefore a little easier to get the flow of. And while I'm thinking about it, check out Elkins' Chris Norgren series (A Gancing Light & two more) and Aaron & Charlotte Elkins's golf-related Lee Ofsted mysteries. All well told & well narrated. I'm looking forward with great hope to hearing the missing audiobooks of the series.

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