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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: Abridged 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 archeology 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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan Kelosiwang | 2/11/2014

    " A slightly edgier Brennan adventure with a lot of links and crossovers that keeps the brain working throughout. Always nice to be surprised at the end of a thriller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sherry Barber | 2/10/2014

    " I've enjoyed most of these books, and this one was entertaining as well. I think they compare well to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta books. One issue I have with both these books and the Kay Scarpetta books is that the supposedly intelligent women in the books are constantly getting themselves into physical danger, and being rescued by the men. In response to the earlier review comparing one of the books unfavorably to the series, I think the books seem much more realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kaye | 2/3/2014

    " This is the woman who originated the character on Bones (the TV show). It is a good mystery novel with a good character (Temperance Brennan). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/23/2014

    " I let myself read one Kathy Reichs book at the beginning of each year. I keep myself several books behind in the series so that I don't "run out." This was my annual Christmas vacation book of the year. Great story. Read it in less than two days. "

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