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Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist with one of the longest commutes in fiction--from North Carolina to Montreal. She works in both places, and in this third outing (after D¨¦j¨¤ Dead and Death du Jour) she manages to make a riveting (if a bit too coincidental) connection between a skull in Montreal and the partial skeleton of a teenager--dead since 1984--in North Carolina. Linking them is a 9-year-old girl shot on a Montreal street, the victim of a war among members of an outlaw motorcycle gang in eastern Canada. Another piece of the puzzle is provided by Tempe's visiting nephew, who is fascinated by the biker culture and is drawn into the mystery Tempe's trying to solve:
"Know anything about Slick?" asked Kit. The science is as accurate as the author can make it. Kathy Reichs's own background--as forensic anthropologist for the chief medical officer of North Carolina and director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec--ensures verisimilitude of place and procedure and creates a believable milieu. Fans of Patricia Cornwall will enjoy this solidly written suspense thriller, while those of a less scientific bent, who don't mind a somewhat lagging pace, will skip the details and concentrate on Reichs's fluid writing. All readers will enjoy the way Tempe puts the pieces of the puzzle, as well as the bodies, together. --Jane Adams
"He doesn't look like the pick of the litter."
"Yeah, even from that motley litter." He flipped the picture. "Heck, this guy croaked when I was 3 years old."
There were two more photos of Slick's funeral, both taken from a distance, one at the cemetery, the other on the church steps. Many of the mourners wore caps riding their eyebrows, and bandannas stretched to cover their mouths.
"The one you've got must be from a private collection." I handed Kit the other pictures. "I think these two are police surveillance photos. Seems the bereaved weren't anxious to show their faces."
Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is shot dead on a Montreal street. Skeletal parts of North Carolina teenager Savannah Osprey are found hundreds of miles away. Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic nthropologist in both Montreal and North Carolina who yearns to take killers off the streets, begins a harrowing journey into the world of motorcycle gangs, where evil often wears a mask.
- Better than the first two
Temperence Brennan is back in her third installment as she attempts to solve another murder mystery as a forensic anthropologist. This time she finds herself summonsed back to Montreal from the US in order to help with a growing number of biker gang murders that have been committed by members of groups known as Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. But when an innocent 9 year old becomes a victim of the gang wars Tempe pledges her efforts to find the killers and bring them to justice. However, when her motorcycle enthusiast nephew comes to visit, the violence comes closer to home than Tempe would have ever anticipated. She is faced with the horrifying idea that her actions and role in the investigation may be causing results she never intended.
Kathy Reichs is on the right path with this third Tempe novel. In the first two, her main character displayed significant amounts of self pity and she spent a lot of time lamenting her single lifestyle. There were also too many times when Tempe was unsure professionally of what the facts before her meant. However in this installment, Tempe is much more sure of herself professionally, and while her personal life is a part of the story, it does not detract from the murder mystery plot that is why readers are really turning the pages.
Despite being on the right track, all is not perfect with this book. It is still completely ridiculous to believe that, for the second time, the evil-doings span both Montreal, Canada and the US Carolinas - the two places that Tempe happens to live. And while it is a huge improvement on the first two in the series, it has not yet risen to the level of "chilling winner" as some reviewers have indicated. Overall, however, it is definitely a step in the right direction for Reichs....more info
- C'est BOR-ING
Kathy Reichs does not like biker gangs. Lest the reader forget that fact, she unceasingly uses every nonhuman metaphor she can think up (and she thinks up MANY; this is one of her talents) to describe the ungodly bikers who engage in a turf war in Montreal, slaying themselves and innocent victims caught in the crossfire.
The result is a hodgepodge of cliches and unbelievable plot threads, interspersed with the interminable lectures we have come to expect from this author. (In the first book, it was pages of explanation on how stab wounds on bones can be differentiated; in the second book it was a nauseating treatise on maggots feeding upon dead human bodies; in this book, it is a lengthy discourse on the physics of blood splatters.)
And thereby lies the crux of Reich's problem: Obviously a brilliant forensic anthropologist herself, she cannot decide whether to write textbooks or fiction. This book is an uneasy blend of both.
As a result, her characterizations not only lack believability, they are beginning to vary seriously from book to book. Case in point: the heroine (Tempe Brennan) has morphed from a sharp-as-nails tough guy to a self-doubting, over-eating mess. If Reichs is trying to tell us that the job is getting to Brennan, she has not done so in any way I can accept or believe.
Then there is Brennan's impossibly callow jerk of a nephew, Kit. In "Death du Jour," Kit appears briefly as an intelligent, well-spoken and mature kid (he's 19). In this book, he is whiny, selfish, more than a little stupid, and displays a vocabulary purported to be Texan, but which, I am fairly sure, no young man, Texan or otherwise, has ever used. It's embarrassing. Kit bumbles straight into a next of biker trouble because of his worship of Harley cycles. The new Dr. Brennan, so strong and forceful in the other books, is powerless to help him, so she has lots of nightmares.
Even Brennan's arch rival, the nasty detective Claudel, now sports a more-than-passing knowledge of rock music, a new, hip, vocabulary, and the inability to remember that Brennan is a doctor. He now calls her "Ms." Brennan, quite a departure.
I could go on, but I won't. People tell me that the next book in this series, "Fatal Voyage," is much better, and I hope so. Reichs burst on the scene in a wave of genius, and has deteriorated with each succeeding book. I hope this one is the nadir. I gave it 3 stars because the last 50 pages pick up enormously, and actually provide an interesting ending. I would not tell anyone not to read it, but be warned: it's a tedious undertaking....more info
- Another Great Book!
Deadly Decisions is another great book by Kathy Reichs. She never lets us down. I have enjoyed every one of her books and this is no exception. The writing is excellent as are her stories. Please try one and you will want all the others. Terrific Books!...more info
- Too formulaic...
After reading seven Kathy Reichs' books in quick succession, I guess it was inevitable that I would find one not quite as good as the others. The problem with Deadly Decisions, the third Temperance Brennan mystery, is that it is just too formulaic.
Deadly Decisions opens in Montreal where a war is raging between outlawed motorcycle gangs. The bad part is that not only gang members are being murdered, but innocent victims are being caught in the crosshairs as well. Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist, vows to do what she can to bring the guilty to justice. But as always, it's at great personal risk to herself.
The problem with this book is that it's almost identical to Reichs' number two book, Death Du Jour. Instead of cults, Reichs deals with motorcycle gangs. Instead of her sister becoming a victim, this time it's her nephew, Kit. And there still is the unrealistic tie between crimes in Montreal and South Carolina. The one change is that there is an alarming subplot involving Brennan's growing love interest, Andrew Ryan.
However, Reichs is still a decent writer and there's much in Deadly Decisions to like. Although Brennan is a fictional character, when she speaks, you know that you're listening to Reichs. Both started in the archeology side of anthropology before switching to forensics. According to Brennan, the biker cases "had an urgency that ancient deaths did not. I could give a name to the nameless. I could provide a family with closure. I could contribute to law enforcement's efforts to reduce the slaughter on America's streets, and to identify and prosecute perpetrators. I'd shifted my professional focus...and never looked back." This is vintage Reichs.
After reading all that Reichs has written, I'm looking forward to Bones to Ashes, being released August 28th. I've already pre-ordered my copy from Amazon.
- Believeable protagonist, fascinating pathology...
In the third of the Dr. Brennan mysteries, we are introduced to the world of biker gangs and wars in addition to the usual menu of gruesome forensic research. Dr. Tempe Brennan works in either North Carolina or Montreal, depending on the mystery and sometimes she works, like the case of this novel, in both.
We were introduced to Tempe's forensic skills in those discussions of pathology in past novels, but she does her teachers proud once again in this story. She is brought to a case by the death of a 9 year-old girl in the streets of Montreal, an innocent victim of the crossfire in a biker war. Tempe finds a link between a buried body (sans a head) and a biker gangland murder in Montreal, a journalist of questionable motives, and a shady past in North Carolina. Coincidentally, Tempe's sometimes troubled nephew, Kit, comes for a visit at the same time that Dr. Brennan is really starting to get rolling on her discoveries. Actually, Kit's fascination with the whole biker gang environment helps Tempe solve her mystery, but not before Kit puts her and himself in some serious danger.
I have been so impressed with the author who manages to have kept up a very satisfactory protagonist, timely and appropriate settings, and even believeable family members! This mystery is as good as the first two... and the tangled web we read all comes to light in the end but not without the opportunity to hold our breath and meet some really scummy characters. I will continue to read the Tempe Brennan mysteries as they are informative, thrilling, gripping, and not too gorey....more info
- Stop the Pain
What an awful read!
Deadly Decisions cover and inside pages are layered with impressive reviews. One must wonder about the standard of literature criticism today if this piece of substandard material is called "a cracking good read" or even more frighteningly, "first-rate".
Deadly Decisions aspires to be a page turner. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger begging its reader to read on. This overused device never gripped me once. Usually it took me two or three days to revert to the novel as I dragged my mind back into Kathy Reich's unbearably formulaic clutches.
The plot concerns one honest scientist and her attempts to stop a biker conspiracy. Sub-plots whisked in include a boyfriend involved in drugs; a nephew affiliated with the bad guys; and a few fellow scientists who aren't too friendly to our heroine...
Each written word seems forced. Each sentence is a cliche...
Her detailed explanations of the exhumations are exhausting to the reader. She is obviously an expert in her field but the average fiction reader needn't know the harsh details of an autopsy. One horrible chapter consists of a conversation between Dr Tempe Brennan (the lead character) and another doctor that is just an excuse for Reichs to show off her knowledge. It bares little relationship to the plot.
Perhaps most worrying is the fact that Dr Tempe Brennan has managed to spawn a collection of novels. There is very little that interested me about the character. Reich's characterisation's are all two-dimensional, whose emotional range are that of a Hollywood weepie....more info
- A heroine who can see her own faults
Maybe the thing I liked best about this book was the way, Temperance Brennan, the lead character, discovers that she may have been wrong about the way she was judging people and was able to admit it. Especially Quickwater and Claudel. The bulk of the story took place in Quebec so some of the French names were kind of annoying while I was trying to read. Why can't they have names like Buck or Hank? Also La Rue de whatever. What's wrong with a name like Maple Street? Anyway, there is a lot going on in this novel and at times I was confused by all the characters and how they were involved with each other. By the end, I guess I had it pretty well sorted out, but this is one book that I wish I had started taking notes about who the characters were as they appeared. This is the second novel by Kathy Reichs that I have completed, and again I'm saying that this one earned 4 stars. Very enjoyable with very believable characters. The plot with Kit and the Crease was kind of a stretch and the whole final resolution was also a bit hard to conceive, but Reichs does bring it all together and manages to tie up the loose ends. Well, most of them. The convenience of Andrew Ryan bothered me as he just happened to be in the right place at the right time twice, but hey, it's fiction not reality. Then there was the scene in the biker bar. For a heroine as smart as Temperance Brennan, that was one brain fade moment when she decided to go there. Cool scene though. The bottom line is that this is an enjoyable book with a good plot and one that will not disapoint the reader looking for a nice mystery/thriller. ...more info
- All Night Thriller
Excellent book. Don't start reading if you have to get up early the next morning....more info
- A Good Forensic Thriller
This is the third book in the Tempe Brennan series and I the third one for me to read. I really enjoyed this book. The forensic information is first-rate and the thriller aspect of the book is also good. I enjoyed this story more than the previous one. I found the plot more exciting and a little more believable. There are still a few coincidences - how is that her nephew Kit arrived just when she is investigating Outlaw Biker Gangs and it just so happens that he has a tremendous interest in this topic too! But in spite of that this is a cracking good read. I have to admit that my interest in bikes is more than just a passing one since I ride myself, although I don't own a Harley. Also, the topic is very timely for Canadians since Outlaw Biker Gangs are big news around here. It was interesting to read some of the history behind them. I like Tempe. She's funny, classy and a little hard-nosed, but vulnerable at the same time. For anyone interested in forensics this is a good author. Her knowledge is very good since she is in the business herself....more info
- Things Break Her Way
"Deadly Decisions" is the third of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan forensic mystery series, and like several of the others, is set in both Montreal and North Carolina, where both Reichs and her creation work. What could be handier? The book centers on a skull found in Montreal that somehow leads her to the partial skeleton of a teenager, dead since 1984, in North Carolina. She also examines the body of a nine year old girl, shot to death, sadly, in a Montreal street, collateral damage in a war of outlaw biker gangs, Heathens and Vipers, to control that city's expanding drug market.
As ever, Brennan's realization that murder, particularly of a child, is a terrible business, is strong; her concern for the victims of crime, unwavering; her scientific knowledge, put to use in the service of identifying these victims, impressive. The motorcycle gang members are a little confusing, and there's Kit, Tempe's foolish nephew, throwing himself into the confusion: I could have lived without that touch. In fact, it reminded me a little too much of many television mysteries I have seen. But Reichs is writing well here, and things break her way.
- It's O.K.
I read Ms. Reich's first two novels, Deja Dead and Death DuJour. I was interested to learn about forensic anthropologists, found the stories exciting, and thought the personal relationship development between the characters of Tempe Brennan and Andrew Ryan, was well done. However, this third novel left me a little disappointed.
Ms. Reich did a good job of introducing all of the returning characters for those new to her books and without overkill for those familiar with them. However, for the third time to have a mystery connected to her roots in the Carolinas was unbelievable and for the third time to have her best friend or a family member directly involved with the crime and/or danger was unbelievable. So many recounts of Tempe returning phone calls, exercising, fixing dinner, and French geographical references became tedious. The developments (or lack thereof) with Tempe and Andrew were o.k., but left me hanging and annoyed at the end.
I'll probably read book #4, but mostly to find out what happens with Andrew Ryan and with hope that the next story will get back to more anthropology details. I like Ms. Reich's characters and the plots are varied and interesting. I hope she keeps writing....more info
- Not entirely credible
I have read several of Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan books but Deadly Decisions, although certainly readable, may be the last. On the one hand, I admire anyone capable of writing a novel, no easy matter. But your characters and the situations in which they find themselves must be credible if a reader's attention, or at least mine, is to be held. As a 60 year old woman who works out regularly, rides, runs AND rides a motorcycle, albeit a small one, I greatly like the idea of a not young female protagonist who is active, enterprising and brave. But come on. Tempe's acts of heroism - and stupidity - like going alone into a bikers' bar to look for her nephew, and ignoring common sense and the orders of her police colleagues to rush under fire to save the same, stupid nephew, are just not convincing. And while it was clear from the start, at least to me, that Ryan's arrest on charges of drug trafficking were devised to allow him to go undercover, how likely is it that he mysteriously turns up twice (and then disappears again)to save her and the nephew's lives. Come on Kathy. Pay more attention, please....more info
- Not a Harley lover.
Bikers are scary :) My daughter was in pediatric intensive care one Christmas when some local bikers came by to hand out presents to all of the kids. Nice. They still scared the hell out of me. Why does Tempe never tell anyone where she's going to be? Why doesn't she carry a gun or a knife? She's always getting the crap kicked out of her and never has anything to defend herself with! AND BE NICER TO RYAN!!!! The "tension" between those two gets old...really fast.
I still enjoyed the book and will continue to buy future additions to the series....more info
- Great Book
Loved this book. I am trying to read all of Kathy Reichs books. Each book gets better than the one before....more info
- No Easy Riders Allowed
Ms. Reichs' opinions on bikers range from A to B: Achingly Awful to Bloody Beastly. That being said, don't expect any handsome, sensitive Hell's Angels riding through this book. Their powers of evil are limitless and are international in scope.
Forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan has an emergency call to Montreal. She is given the grisly task of identifying the bits and pieces of identical twin bikers who were blown up while carrying a bomb. I was baffled by the "emergency" nature of separating the remains of the two who had identical DNA. I agree it would be of professional interest, but couldn't make the leap of believing such niceties would make it critical to the investigation.
Most of the action is in Montreal, and the tie-in to Charlotte, N.C. is tenuous. I was disappointed in this book and feel it is the weakest of the three Tempe Brennan novels. The commute between NC and Quebec is beginning to box in the series. There are just so many logical connections between Quebec and North Carolina, and I think Tempe has used them all.
There are some excellent descriptive passages, particularly of Montreal and some sharp fast character takes. However, there are too many characters to keep track off, and most of them no one you would want to know or care what happens to them. I was uneasy with Cornwell-clone aspects (an unruly nephew who worries Tempe to distraction-shades of Lucy!) and I hope this will not increase.
I enjoyed Ms. Reichs' two previous novels, and have by no means given up on her. I look forward to Tempe's next excursion and wish for an intriguing investigation....more info
- Deadly Decisions
I found this book to be a very easy read, couldn't put it down. If I have a criticism it is that the author has stolen Patricia Cornwell's style and characters (changing genders, etc. and not always location). She writes like Cornwell, but, I love Cornwell, so what the heck. I will get the rest of her books becuse I really enjoyed this one....more info
- Deadly After Reading
Predictable events in this story, with interesting forensic medical detail. Character development had limiting ceilings. Personalities were oil drenched cardboard. The bikers' unrelenting death wishes were devoid of spice and reality, which distracted from the plot. Kathy Reichs needs creative writing tutoring. She writes well, but needs streaks of lightening in dialog and presentation.
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- Hell's Angels A La Montreal
When I read both of Kathy Reichs earlier Tempe Brennan stories I enjoyed them very much. However, something in the cover blurb for "Deadly Decision" put me off though, and I postponed buying it. A rash of negative reviews on Amazon reinforced this, and I only decided to read this book at last because the next in the series, "Fatal Voyage," is now out and I wanted to catch up. While "Deadly Decisions" isn't Reich's best, it is still a well told story. This is the inevitable plight of good writers that reviewers often over-react when their quality dips. I've done this myself.
The book turns on Tempe Brennan's reactions to the accidental killing of a 9 year old girl during a motorcycle gang killing. She feels so strongly that she volunteers to be the Forensic Lab's liaison with the police team working on motorcycle gang crime, called Carcajou. As a forensic anthropologist she is asked to help with the discovery of an old gang slaying site and in doing so also turns up the skull and crossbones of another young girl. These remains lead her to gang activities back in North Carolina. Tempe is drawn into a complex, deadly game with high powered, deadly opponents.
Tempe is devastated when her lover, Detective Andrew Ryan, is arrested for complicity in the drug deals and illicit trade of the gangs. Another blow comes when her nephew Kit is also drawn into the gang lifestyle by a newscaster, Lyle Crease, who is also extremely interested in Tempe's laboratory findings. There is yet another gang-style killing which arouses the anthropologist's suspicions that all is not well. Now Tempe finds herself in conflict on all sides, with gang members, Kit, and even other members of Operation Carcajou. She finds herself in danger as well, as the action mounts towards a graveside confrontation of awesome dimensions.
I found Reichs' writing up to her usual standard; terse, yet full of the details that make the forensic genre one of the most fascinating of the police procedurals. There is also a wealth of information on the operation of motorcycle gangs in Canada and the United States. Characterization is good as well. Reichs takes the time to breathe life into characters that many other writers would leave two dimensional. It is this and the fine details that make Kathy Reichs a successful writer.
I do have some reservations, though. As other reviewers have pointed out Reichs has settled into a formula of part Montreal, part North Carolina with a dash of family involvement. This is the third such story. While it is not blatant, it becomes noticeable if her novels are read rapidly, one right after another. Another thing that irritated me a bit was Tempe's knack for doing stupid things under pressure. This makes her look weak at critical moments, and introduces plot elements that are not really necessary. Yet, even with these flaws, this is a good, eminently readable novel. One that turned out much better than I had been led to expect....more info
- Dr. Temperance Brennan vs. Outlaw Motorcyle Clubs
She's taken on serial killers and fanatical cults--and now, in this third entry in Kathy Reichs' groundbreaking series, Dr. Temperance Brennan faces arguably her most dangerous foes yet: the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs--'OMCs'--of Montreal. DEADLY DECISIONS picks up where DEATH DU JOUR left off--with forensic anthropologist Tempe analyzing bones in her lab and agonizing over her relationship with Detective Andrew Ryan. This time, the bones belong to a 9-year-old girl who, while on her way to dance class, is caught in the crossfire between rival gangs involved in Montreal's notorious biker war. In her trademark ironic voice, Tempe describes her involvement in the investigation as being a part of the "murder of the day club"--and for once, she's not exaggerating. Within the course of two weeks, at least three bikers are murdered, and bones of two more that had been buried for twenty years are discovered on the grounds of one of the gang's clubhouses. Along with these bones, Tempe also uncovers a mysterious skull and leg bones that are revealed to belong to a young girl who went missing years ago in North Carolina, leading Tempe to investigate the activities of these outlaw motorists in her home state.
And if Tempe's professional life is screwed up, her personal life is even worse. She is devastated to discover that her almost-lover, Detective Andrew Ryan, has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the illicit drug trade of the outlaw bikers. Her boss and friend, Pierre LaManche, has been hospitalized following a mysterious collapse. She's being followed by a persistent journalist who won't leave her alone. And to top it all off, her nephew Kit has arrived in Montreal, and his obsession with Harleys has led him to befriend some shady characters. As the biker war escalates and the body count continues to rise, it's up to Tempe to put her personal life on the back burner and, along with her colleagues at LML, find out who is responsible for the latest murders--and, hopefully, to save her nephew in the process.
There are quite a few things Reichs does well in this third of Tempe's stories. Her characters continue to develop nicely; this time, we readers get to see the softer side of our heroine, the Tempe who's desperate for love and willing to protect the man she cares about at all costs. Although I've always admired Tempe's toughness, it's nice to see that sensitivity shining through. Her voice is the same--wry, dry, and forthright. Her nephew Kit, with his Texas slang, is welcome comic relief in this dark and leathery tale. As usual, Reichs' technical information is informative and not too dense; this time, she tells us all about blood spattering patterns and what they can tell investigators about manner of death. So DEADLY DECISIONS, like its predecessors, is quite the thrill ride--and it's a smart one.
However, I did find this one a little bit harder to get into than the previous two. The first fifty pages or so really dragged for me; I found myself getting lost in the maze of rival biker gangs and the prime players in each. Throughout the entire novel, I was never really clear on which gangs were affiliated with each other and what gangs they were against. It's the first time I've really felt that Reichs gave her readers *too much* information. And some of the gang names in the book are so cliche that I almost had to laugh: The Rock Machine, the Vipers, and the Heathens are just a few of the groups that appear in the pages of DEADLY DECISIONS (I have no idea if these are actual gangs or not--if they are, I of course don't mean to offend any big leather-wearing tatooed guys with lots of hair). And the fact that Reichs portrays bikers in such a negative light disturbed me just a bit. During my time as a waitress, I met many well-mannered and downright sweet motorcyclists (although I don't know how many of them were Hells Angels).
Nevertheless, DEADLY DECISIONS is a fine addition to the Temperance Brennan series. Reichs isn't running out of steam yet; I'm looking forward to reading FATAL VOYAGE to find out what happens with Tempe and Ryan. Although, I will end this review the same way I did my review of DEATH DU JOUR: It's *really* time for Tempe to get herself a gun. Sometimes, a can of Mace just isn't enough....more info
- Interesting take on how the decisions we make impact future...
Kathy Reichs writes relatively intelligent books, given her field of training is as a forensic anthropologist. I was a bit chagrined to see they attempted this year to turn this series into a television series. In doing so, they deleted some of the most interesting parts of her books, the relationships between her work down here in the states and her work in Canada.
In this book the decisions that people make, including Tempe's own nephew, impacts greatly the lives of other people. A child gets in the way of a war between bikers and is shot; Tempe gets involved perhaps where she shouldn't be involved and that has an impact on her beloved mentor in Canada; information spread about her boyfriend impacts Tempe, only for her to find out it is not true. This concept of free will impacting the free will of others is one that needs to be more frequently talked about with adolescents, as they too often live in the moment...thinking that just 'one time' is not going to have a life-long impact...but that isn't true. I've seen it happen too often in my family and in the friends of my family and their children to know that just one drink when you are pregnant can severely impact your baby (spina bifada); just one try on a specific drug for someone with an addictive personality can lead to a lifetime of addiction. It always has an impact.
Reich's writing is good as usual. I hate to see this series ruined by television...not sure I will watch the show when I enjoy the books.
Karen SAdler...more info
- Good mystery novel
Kathy Reich's character "Temp," is a intelligent, persistent, anthropologist who is involved in solving biker crime mysteries. The chapters always end with page turners and every time you think the characters have nailed a mystery or a suspect the author keeps on tricking you. Reich is a very smart author who is a forsensic antropologist just as her character is. This makes the book all the more interesting becuase you know that the methods they use to solve cases is actual. Read this book if you like complex yet fun mysterys....more info
- This was my first title by Kathy Reichs
Because I've never read any of the other books in this series, I was often asea. There is so much continuity with other story lines that I doubt the author even recognizes anymore. She made an attempt at pulling in some of the older storylines in, but it wasn't enough, because most of the characters are missing pieces that must have been defined elsewhere. Most of the low rating here is because I simply couldn't follow much of the back story. It made me lose interest.
The lead character is a smart chick - crossing jordan + 15 years or so, if you know what I mean. She gets walked all over by her loser nephew whom I wished to kick in the teeth several times. She also doesn't know how to deal with men - she lets herself feel intimidated by them all the time, which I found frustrating.
The story is not extremely strong, though the forensic science in the background is ok. For the most part, I believe this book can be skipped by those who are not fans of the series.
- Who Cares?
I kept hearing about how great Kathy Reichs was -- "better than Cornwell" they told me. Hooey! If this is an example of her exciting books, I'll pass. Like Peggy Lee I kept wondering "is that all there is?" Sadly and disappointingly, like Gertrude Stein, I had to conclude: "There's no there there." Skip this one for sure....more info
- Gruesome Scenes, Evil People
Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist in Quebec, recently transferred from North Carolina. If you don't know what a forensic anthropologist, you will soon find out in gruesome detail that it involves sorting out flesh and bones from crime scenes. Since the author has the same background, the lab and morgue scenes are grisly, almost nauseating, in their detail, but probably extremely accurate and realistic.
Tempe is assigned to the cases of 2 bikers killed in a bombing, and the death of a little girl caught in the crossfire in a biker-related "gang warfare". She is assigned to the task force to track the crimes and activities of the outlaw motorcycle clubs (OMC's). What follows is a very detailed rendition of the history and structure of motorcycle gangs, which is frankly more than I ever wanted to know about the phenomenon.
Tempe's teenage nephew, Kit, isn't getting along with his parents, so decides to visit her for a while, and coincidentally becomes very interested in Harley's and the OMC's. Tempe tries to steer him away from that dangerous subculture, but fears that his fascination is too strong for her to overcome. Her attempt to save him from his "deadly decisions" places her in a very dangerous situation also.
The novel is filled with amazing coincidences and overwhelming detail, but nevertheless, you grow to like Tempe and Kit. Many of the other characters are poorly defined and difficult to connect with. And, of course, the sub-human motorcycle club members only inspire you to want them all to kill each other off. Kathy Reichs is compared to Patricia Cornwell, but doesn't have her finely honed ability to create characters and plots that engage you and leave you wanting more....more info
- Who Cares?
I kept hearing about how great Kathy Reichs was -- "better than Cornwell" they told me. Hooey! If this is an example of her exciting books, I'll pass. Like Peggy Lee I kept wondering "is that all there is?" Sadly and disappointingly, like Gertrude Stein, I had to conclude: "There's no there there." Skip this one for sure....more info
- A great forensic thriller.
This is a great book. It takes you through the inside culture of a biker club. She talks to you in the book so you know what is going on without using a lot of medical terms. I really enjoyed this book, you will too....more info
- Loved It
Loved this book, very well written. It leads you in several different directions before putting them all together. Couldn't put it down. ...more info