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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,358 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: June 2005 ISBN: 9780743552394
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When an Orthodox Jew is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her the picture is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, a mystery that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history.
Tempe learns that the stranger's picture shows bones uncovered during an archeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that might have fronted for the trade of black market antiquities. Along with Detective Andrew Ryan and biblical archeologist Jake Drum, Tempe travels to Israel to probe the origins of the skeleton and the ancient crypt in which it was found.
They make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ's death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ's last resting place? Or, has someone concocted an elaborate hoax? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A spirited rival to The Da Vinci Code… Reichs is in top form.” 

    Sunday Times (London)

  • Such bloody good beach reading."
    -- USA Today
  • There's nothing like a morgue mystery to brighten up a summer day."
    -- Entertainment Weekly
  • Likely to leave you with the shivers of an ice storm."
    -- People
  • As good as Cornwell at her best."
    -- Detroit Free Press
  • The science is fascinating, and every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden."
    -- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Such bloody good beach reading.” 

    USA Today

  • “Likely to leave you with the shivers of an ice storm.” 

    People

  • “Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance ‘Tempe’ Brennan gets caught in mysteries past and present when she’s called in to determine if illegal antiquities dealer Avram Ferris’s gunshot death is murder or suicide…The plot is based on a number of real-life anthropological mysteries, and fans of such will have a good time.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberley | 2/10/2014

    " I thought this might get better, but I struggled to get into this book. I felt there could have been more twists and turns, but fell a bit flat for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph Benjamin | 2/1/2014

    " Hmmm, well my feelings about this book are mixed. Yes, it was largely based on archaeological and anthropological facts and recent (within the last 60 years) expeditions and discoveries. Yes, in that regard it was better than the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. However, the book gave a great buildup with the main storyline, but was a huge let down when it came time to wrap it up and connect all the dots. It's as if she got to the end and decided she was just as tired of writing it as I was of reading it and then just ended it real quick to put the book and everyone else out of there misery. I enjoyed the book because of what the story was developing into, unfortunately I didn't enjoy the book because of how it ended. It was very rushed. Not one of my favorites... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/28/2014

    " Thought it was better than The Da Vinci Code. I really like Temperance her main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherri Vigil | 1/27/2014

    " Not sure what happened here. Not the best in the series. Wont stop me from reading the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara Hinton | 1/26/2014

    " I really like the TV show Bones, and these are the books that show is based on. The subject matter was very interesting and I enjoyed the book. This was very different from the TV show which made it more interesting, because it was like reading something very different where I had no frame of reference clouding my reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deepa Duraisamy | 1/20/2014

    " My first Kathy Reichs. Enjoyed the writing style. Some parts were too technical for my personal reading taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margo | 1/20/2014

    " The Temperance Brennan series are the only books that I look forward to reading every year. No other author leaves me wanting more and knowing how Temperance is doing on her next case. I would recommend any Temperance Brennan series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meagan | 1/20/2014

    " This book was disappointing. I never really got into it. I've read some Kathy Reichs books before and this one wasn't a good one. It goes into Da Vinci Code territory- theories of Jesus' having a family etc..It did take me a while to figure out who was behind everything, but that person ended up being a boring character too. Everything was wrapped up too neatly at the end. Which I don't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Lynn | 12/23/2013

    " Really one of her best...want to visit the Holy Land now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 12/4/2013

    " I enjoy all Kathy Reichs books because I learn about forensic pathology in the process. This one was no different. However, I was a little disappointed in the ending because you were left hanging. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Downing | 11/20/2013

    " I couldnt get into this book from the start. I'm sure it is better as you get further into it, but I didnt get past page 22. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 11/16/2013

    " My least favourite of the Brennan books - while the Israel stuff was interesting, it was just so far from the normal background of these books and required too much shoehorning to make it all work "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylene Nickerson | 10/13/2013

    " I liked this book for the most part. The theories were interesting though the book was a bit difficult to follow at times. Could that be cuz I had been up 24 hours? I don't know. It was my first book read by Reichs. I would probably read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny Housley | 8/28/2013

    " This might be my favorite of her series, it raised a lot of questions and inspired me to do some extra research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ckelly | 8/26/2013

    " I do like a good solving of a murder and one that takes me to the holy land - all the better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Franks | 6/4/2013

    " ok reading...interesting storyline aka who dunnit but found the CSI like terms a bit hard to follow at times... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 4/7/2013

    " "Read" this as a book on tape. It wasn't as good as I hoped, but was still intriguing. I probably would have liked it more if the reader was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sashi | 3/21/2013

    " I really like this series. Great combination of action and suspense with scholarly anthropological stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sampras | 3/13/2013

    " Not as good as some of the others but still enjoyable. Its full of murder and deception but it ends really suddenly. I enjoyed the historical background and archaeological references. It felt very well researched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa Small | 12/31/2012

    " Brilliant, exciting, gripping and with great twists in the tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 12/17/2012

    " Awesome, need I say more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 12/1/2012

    " Not my favorite in her repertoire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 11/13/2012

    " Not as good as I had expected! Hard to get into but finished, although found the author ended the novel quickly and unexpectedly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toni Osborne | 9/12/2012

    " This author was recommended to me but I should have asked which book to buy this one definitely wasn't to my liking. Reading this novel you get an insight into forensic anthropology and biblical history. The story is slow, complex and I found it boring and over taxed with details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/3/2012

    " Loved it!! Just the right mixture of history, intrigue, suspense and fiction. Love Kathy Reichs work!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 7/13/2012

    " book 8 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/3/2012

    " recommended by Rach - looking forward to starting it :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 4/10/2012

    " Good, but not amazing. I LOVE the tv show Bones, so I figured I'd give the book a whirl. I was expecting more science fiction but the book was more heavy on the historical fiction. I'd try another one in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl Vitale | 2/25/2012

    " I think I expected more from this book and didn't find it, Since the show 'BONES' is so good. "

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About the Author
Author Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She was vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Her debut novel, Déjà Dead, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her work is the inspiration for the highly successful television drama Bones. Dr. Reichs divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal.