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3.00002244517765 out of 53.00002244517765 out of 53.00002244517765 out of 53.00002244517765 out of 53.00002244517765 out of 5 3.00 (44,553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342798
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The raves are in—from Edgar–winning authors and internationally acclaimed forensic experts: Kathy Reichs and Déjà Dead are something special. Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.

It’s June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend.

First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she’ll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with the reddish hair and a small bone structure?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Accomplished and chilling.” 

    People

  • Déjà Dead can lie side-by-side with the works of Patricia Cornwell…Both do a fine job of telling a good, sometimes scary tale.” 

    Washington Times

  • “What makes Déjà Dead so compelling, in addition to the authoritative descriptions of how a forensic scientist ‘reads’ the story the bones tell, is the character of Brennan—smart, persistent, gusty, ironic yet vulnerable.” 

    Toronto Star

  • “With this assured and intelligent debut, Reichs introduces herself as a prodigious new talent in the crime game…The final confrontation scene is as gripping as anything in recent suspense fiction, and it is impossible not to like the vulnerable, observant, and competent Tempe.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 2/19/2014

    " We have been on a "Bones" tv tear so I thought I should read a book. Montreal 1994 was very alive and it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 2/8/2014

    " This book was incredible. It wasn't the first of the Bones series that I read, but I loved it anyways. And because I'm interested in forensics, it was a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 2/8/2014

    " I could not put this book down - I got a little lost if it got technical, but have watched enough CSI, NCIS, and Bones to sort of understand what was being discussed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Henderson | 1/31/2014

    " Couldn't really get into :( "

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

    " I loved the story and the way the plot developed. I was not impressed with the writing style, though: overly descriptive of minor, inconsequential detail which often did not flow well. I believe this is the first book written, and it shows; I hope the other books in this series are written better, because the main character is fascinating. It should be noted that the Dr. Temperance Brennan of the TV show Bones is based on the character in the novels, but you cannot read the book expecting the TV character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariella | 1/16/2014

    " Very good. It's the eyes behind the people solve murder. 5 stars amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon C. | 1/15/2014

    " Story a bit gory, but it was a load of fun going sightseeing in my city with Tempe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/9/2014

    " I think this is the first time I've ever said it, but not nearly as good as the adaptation. The story isn't exactly bad, it's just very dry. It's not because of all the technical jargon either, I know 95% of what's being said, it's just not very engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice Cloud | 1/6/2014

    " It is extremely slow paced and just feels like youre struggling through quicksand. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 12/21/2013

    " I really didn't like it. I even didn't read it at all. The story is just slow and I was expecting a little bit more action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/20/2013

    " So here I was reading this book thinking it was very familiar and about a quarter of the way through realized I had already read it. I can't believe it took me that long to remember. Books are ok but now I'm used to the TV show and can't fully appreciate the books. Very sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 11/14/2013

    " After a week or so of consideration I have to admit I would not recommend this book, just dreary and gory. Well written but left me blah. I don't like to feel that way after a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarra | 10/16/2013

    " Started reading the series because I enjoy the Bones TV show so much. Discovered that the two have little in common except for Temperence Brennan's name. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 10/1/2013

    " Ok - did not really get into it. No great caring for Tempe Brennan. May try another one but not anytime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre | 9/28/2013

    " Kinda slow right now but I'm sure it'll get better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Rogers | 9/27/2013

    " Just started.. do watch the TV show so waiting to see how the books are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 9/27/2013

    " I like that the books are only a starting point for the show... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa Greatbanks | 9/3/2013

    " A very good book with a solid story and lots of suspense. One that you wont be able to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma Wiley | 8/19/2013

    " I found it very dry and somewhat boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/1/2013

    " The first of the books that the series "Bones" is based on. It was a decent read, but I'm not sure I'd read all 15 in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicen | 3/9/2013

    " This was the perfect murder mystery to read during a recent trip to Montreal - well written and entertaining and was the basis for the TV show "Bones" - I recommended it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 8/13/2012

    " Eventually held my interest, although it was not a book I would re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel Teri | 7/9/2012

    " scarryy!! o_0 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/10/2012

    " Predictable but still a page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat Roseman | 4/30/2012

    " Too long and too much bad language, for my taste. I like the series much better than this book. Doubt if I will read any of the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 3/4/2011

    " Practically nothing in common with the show Bones, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiziano | 2/4/2011

    " Una scrittrice che ricorda la Cornwell dei primi tempi (quando ancora valeva la pena leggerla) e che racconta una storia intrigante e ben costruita. Rallentata solo sporadicamente da qualche divagazione non necessaria e da piccole stonature. Tutto sommato una buon libro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/22/2010

    " I love reading about my hometown. The author has a very good understanding of Montreal and its people-francophone and Anglophone. At times the crime writing is a bit too technical and I lose the story. But I do not mind reading Reichs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ophelia | 5/28/2009

    " Books 2 & 3 were pretty good; not as graphic as #1. Her writing styles bugs a bit, however.


    This is just okay so far. Kinda graphic. I miss the hot FBI agent from "Bones." Booth, where are you???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 5/14/2008

    " My best friend wanted this series of books for her Birthday and so when I bought her copies I decided to get myself the audio version. They were great books and the narator does an excellent job. The only dissapointment I had with them is that they were Abridged versions instead of Unabridged. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.