206 Bones EXP

206 Bones EXP

A Novel

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There are 206 bones in the human body.

Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives, and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end.

The twelfth Temperance Brennan novel from Kathy Reichs, 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Is she buried alive? In a cell? Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct . . .

Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had accompanied the recently discovered remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue. Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy—and the case. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman was found in the woods, and then a third.

Seamlessly weaving between Tempe’s present-tense terror and her memory of the cases of these murdered women, Reichs conveys the incredible devastation that would occur if a forensic colleague sabotaged work in the lab. The chemistry between Tempe and Ryan intensifies as this complex, riveting tale unfolds.

With a popular series on FOX—now in its fifth season and in full syndication—Kathy Reichs is firmly established as a dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Her signature blend of forensic descriptions that “chill to the bone” (Entertainment Weekly) and intense suspense have made her a number one New York Times bestseller and worldwide phenomenon.
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Book Details:
  • Pocket Books | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439182611 | 
  • February 2010
List Price $19.99

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206 Bones 1
COLD.

Numb.

Confused.

I opened my eyes.

To dark. Black as arctic winter.

Am I dead?

Obeying some limbic command, I inhaled deeply.

Smells registered in my brain.

Mold. Musty earth. Something organic, hinting at the passage of time.

Was this hell? A tomb?

I listened.

Silence. Impenetrable.

But no. There were sounds. Air moving through my nostrils. Blood pounding in my ears.

Corpses... see more
206 Bones 2
ANOTHER WRISTWATCH CHECK. ANOTHER SIGH. MORE shifting feet.

Above us, a wall clock ticked steadily, indifferent to Ryan’s restlessness. It was the old-fashioned analog kind, round, with a sweep second hand that jumped in one-second increments with sharp little clicks.

I surveyed my surroundings. Same plastic plant. Same bad print of a street scene in winter. Same half-empty mugs of tepid coffee. Phone. LCD projector. Screen. Laser pointer. Nothing new had... see more

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