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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,483 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Michele Pawk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date:
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It’s a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She’s almost out the door when the bones start appearing.

A newborn’s charred remains turn up in a woodstove. A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition. And what is the mysterious black substance covering the bodies? Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab.

With help from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and terrifying case that comes at the worst possible moment. Daughter Katy has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have something to hide. And important personal decisions face Tempe. Is it time for emotional commitment? Will she have the chance to find out?

Everything must wait on the bones. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her and Katy. That someone must be stopped before it’s too late.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The scientific procedures she describes ring true…Good beach reading.

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Reichs has built a reputation on cut-to-the-chase writing and swift plotting…delivers everything her fans have come to expect.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Definitely hard to put down.”  


  • “Though often compared to Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta, Tempe Brennan stands alone above other characters in the genre. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann E | 2/19/2014

    " I like this series of books but it is not like the show. It holds your interest with good crime solving and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lbd | 2/8/2014

    " I really liked this one! A look at the problems that wildlife management has with poaching and other illegal activities against animals, and the overall cruelty of humans. You really don't know who the bad guy is til the very end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Forever Reader | 1/30/2014

    " Not a review but a note: these are the books that came out long before the TV show. The show is LOOSELY based on the books. If you like the show better, stop reading because they are very different. It's annoying to see reviews that people base on what little similarities the two have in common. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ivyrene | 1/20/2014

    " its my first time to read a Kathy Reichs book, i really had a good time reading it,its really obvious, it only took me 2 days to finish the book. I like the character of Dr. Tempe. I must admit I am a fan of BONES the TV series, though the character of Dr. Tempe there is slightly different from the book, still i felt the same excitement as I read the bare bones. looking forward to my next book by reichs grave secret... till next then... wahahaha "

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