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Bestseller Reichs draws on her experiences touring with the USO in Afghanistan for her captivating 16th novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (after 2012's Bones Are Forever). At home in Charlotte, N.C., the bone expert concludes that the death of an unidentified girl, 14 or 15 years old, was caused by foul play rather than a hit-and-run, as was previously suspected. The outraged Brennan urges homicide detective Erskine "Skinny" Slidell to investigate, knowing Slidell believes the girl to have been an undocumented immigrant, as well as possibly being a junkie and prostitute. Later in Afghanistan, Brennan oversees the exhumation of two unarmed Afghan villagers killed by a U.S. Marine to determine whether the victims were shot in the back or head-on. The two cases-and a third involving mummified dogs from Peru-give Reichs ample opportunity to provide detailed descriptions of forensic examinations, but it's Brennan's passionate and personal involvement that provides the excitement in this masterful tale. 6-city author tour. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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In her latest outing (after Bones Are Forever), forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has been called to help with several new cases. First, she must examine some potential Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs to verify that they contain no human remains. A hit-and-run victim in Charlotte, NC, is next on Dr. Brennan's dance card. No one steps forward to identify this young girl, who appears to be an illegal immigrant. While this case turns up no leads, Brennan's soon-to-be ex-husband asks for her forensic help on behalf of an old Marine friend. This takes Brennan to Afghanistan to examine exhumed bodies of locals to determine how they were killed. Uneasiness prevails during her stay in Afghanistan, and it accompanies Brennan back to her testimony stateside, where the pieces start falling into place in unexpected ways. Verdict This quick-moving and suspenseful narrative by a very popular author will delight mystery readers with surprising plot twists that keep them guessing. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/13.]-Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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As usual, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is juggling several cases, including some mummified dog remains that could lead to a human-trafficking ring and a murdered teenage girl who was, mysteriously, carrying the ID of a prominent businessman who died five months earlier. She's also juggling some personal issues: her daughter, grieving over the death of her boyfriend, has enlisted in the army, and Pete, the girl's father, is pressing Tempe to sign their divorce papers. After the rather lethargic Bones Are Forever (2012), this is a return to form for Reichs, who keeps the story moving at a brisk clip but never forgets that, ultimately, we're here to see Dr. Brennan, and she needs to slow down frequently enough for us to spend some quality time with Tempe. This is one of those megasuccessful, long-running series that has undergone distinct ups and downs over the years. Series devotees, of whom there are many, will be well pleased to ride this upward trend. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: There's nothing like a hit TV show to help promote your new book, and there will be plenty of back-and-forthing going on between Reichs' latest and Bones, the popular Fox series.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist