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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,047 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Dorothée Berryman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date:
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Temperance Brennan returns in a smart, taut thriller from the bestselling author of Cross Bones.

The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today’s headlines in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching at a lackluster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades Tempe to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case.

The body count begins to climb, and Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant novel in the tradition of the best Southern gothic writing!…Reichs’ seamless blending of fascinating science and dead-on psychological portrayals, not to mention a whirlwind of a plot, make Break No Bones a must-read.” 

    Jeffery Deaver

  • “A rare treat…mesmerizing…Reading Break No Bones kept pulling me away from my own deadlines, but I loved it!” 

    Ann Rule, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This novel confirms the series’ place in the front rank of the ever-expanding forensic thriller subgenre.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers…will appreciate the forensic detail here, and more character-oriented readers will respond to Reichs’ likable and well-developed cast…An engrossing entry in a widely read series.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annette | 2/18/2014

    " I love all of Kathy Reichs' books. I like the imperfection of the characters and the settings because I love the Carolinas. Keeps you reading through the night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda O | 2/15/2014

    " 2006. 445 pgs. This is my second run through this book, but I still found it enjoyable reading. Reichs work is always able to engage my interest, and she often weaves around her plot a current 'hot-topic' to add some depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristina | 2/14/2014

    " This is another book that my reaction to is: Eh. The plot is good, but Reichs is such a crappy writer that it's hard to enjoy the story. Her characters are barely recognizable as human beings; they are merely there to move the plot forward. Conversations don't really reflect the way people talk. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Laura | 2/13/2014

    " There was just too much coincidence in this book. This is the 3rd book that I have read by this author and the other books were about the same. I think that I am done reading Reichs books. "

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