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Bare Bones.

Bare Bones

Kathy Reichs

Pocket Star Books

c/o Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc.

Rockefeller Center, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

ISBN: 074345300X $7.99 383 pages

If you read a number of books by any author, you will discover one of three facts about him/her. The quality of their writing stays the same, deteriorates, or gets better. It seems, with every new book, Kathy Reichs learns a bit more about writing. In 'Bare Bones,' she has learned how to balance the personal life of the protagonist with the action sequences. Reichs is becoming a serious writer and not just an expert dabbling in storytelling.

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan's busy weekend starts on the sad note of finishing her work analyzing the bones of an infant placed in a woodstove. Her daughter insists on taking her to a weekend Carolina country barbecue known as a pig pickin' interrupting her preparations for a planned beach vacation starting on Monday. Her special friend, Ryan, will be arriving Sunday afternoon and she wants everything ready.

During the Saturday pig pickin', the family dog, Boyd, finds two garbage bags filled with decomposing flesh and bones. Sunday, Tempe is called to a small plane crash with two dead bodies. Juggling the dead bodies and her romantic vacation with Ryan, Tempe Brennan's life becomes more complicated than she expected. Bones and bodies keep showing up and all Tempe wants to do is go to the beach with Ryan.

'Bare Bones' is joy for the mystery reader who likes forensics. It is filled with the oddities of life. The suspense and mystery builds throughout the tale to a climatic end. 'Bare Bones' is an example of the best the forensic mystery genre produces. 'Bare Bones' is solid mystery reading that is highly recommended.

S.A. Gorden, Reviewer
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Author:Gorden, S.A.
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Date:Dec 1, 2004
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