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3.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 53.37 out of 5 3.37 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Katherine Borowitz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780743520119
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Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is shot dead on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home and parts of what may be her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. For Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist in both Montreal and North Carolina, the deaths kindle deep emotions that propel her on a harrowing journey into the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
As a scientist, Tempe should remain dispassionate. As a caring individual, she yearns to take the killers off the streets. With her boss Pierre LaManche in the hospital, and her friend Andrew Ryan disturbingly unavailable, Tempe begins a perilous investigation into a culture where evil often wears masks.
From blood-splatter patterns and ground-penetrating radar to bone-sample analysis, Deadly Decisions triumphantly combines the authenticity of a world-class forensic professional with the narrative power of a brilliant new crime-writing star in a richly nuanced thriller. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moves along like a Harley-Davidson leading the pack.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “The forensic details are fascinating.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “A high-octane forensic thriller.”

    People

  • “The science is as accurate as the author can make it. Kathy Reichs’ own background—as forensic anthropologist for the chief medical officer of North Carolina and director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec—ensures verisimilitude of place and procedure and creates a believable milieu...All readers will enjoy the way Tempe puts the pieces of the puzzle, as well as the bodies, together.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Crime writer Reichs is amazing! Once again, readers will be eager to learn the grisly details of how her forensic anthropologist heroine, Dr. Tempe Brennan, teases information from the bones of mutilated, decomposed, often animal-gnawed human bodies...Reichs roots her skillful storytelling in her own experience as forensic anthropologist in both Montreal and North Carolina. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Abounding in grisly details, this novel is sure to please Reichs’ fans.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Fans will be hooked by...ghoulish stints in the lab, the penny-dreadful chapter endings, and the endless flow of acronyms that prove what a tough cookie Tempe is.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rincey | 2/17/2014

    " It's definitely getting better, but still kind of cheesy/predictable. Are all crime novels/series like this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulla | 2/14/2014

    " This was my third Kathy Reichs - and certainly not the last! I love the way she writes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal-Clear (aka trouble4u) | 2/4/2014

    " not a bad book.....not really into biker stories but it held it's own "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 2/4/2014

    " These books read quickly for me that is a feat. But I can't remember the plots confused with all the others, but then again I can't remember anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina Gilbert | 1/27/2014

    " Overall, I liked the book. But it was a little boring compared to the first 2. At times there was a lot of extra information that kind of detracted from the story. However, I am looking forward to the next one... mostly just to see what unfolds with her relationship with Ryan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Burns | 1/23/2014

    " I really love the Tempe Brennan character and the more I read of her the more I like her. She is not any thing like the character Bones except for the name and sort of the occupation. Tempe is more vivacious and feisty about the men who doubt her work and knowledge. This book is a real page turner in that you really don't know everything going on until the end. You get glimpses of it but nothing prepares you for some of the conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/19/2014

    " I must be a bit of a thicko, some of the forensic anthropology stuff went right over my head. The biker gangs stuff was even more confusing. Despite this I thought this was an ok read. My familiar complaint - a rather rushed ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/16/2014

    " This is the third Temperance Brennan book and I liked it the best of all of them I have read so far. Don't know where they got that TV character from, but she is nothing like the "real" Temperance Brennan of the books. Everyone calls her Tempe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 1/11/2014

    " It was a good book. It was entertaining but not one of those books that you can not put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Fenton | 1/4/2014

    " she has a good back story and it leaves you wanting to read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jannene | 11/29/2013

    " This was an awesome book. I listened to it on the iPod. I am really enjoying this series. The library only has 3 of the books all audio version so I'll have to start thinking about buying them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 11/20/2013

    " More 2.5 than 3. Had a glaring editing error that annoyed me to no end. Typical Brennan story - easy read and enjoyable mind fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Everley Sharp, the Clankinist | 10/22/2013

    " I thought this book was high paced and adventurous, though the f word was a little overused. It was a great thriller and reminiscent of the TV shows akin to Criminal Minds, Bones, NCIS, CSI, and others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kath | 8/2/2013

    " Love her books. I wanted to jump through the pages and shoot the nephew myself; teenagers are SUPER annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha K | 6/4/2013

    " Good page turner. A little all over the place with a lot of characters to remember but I loved the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Bird | 2/24/2013

    " Montreal has long standing issues with biker wars, and this book really captures the spider web of connections between gangs, crime, and death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martina Marusincova | 9/21/2012

    " Read this book was very good decision! Another exciting and interesting story by Kathy Reichs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Christensen | 9/12/2012

    " Pretty good, but one of the things I thought would be tied up by the end of this book wasn't! I guess I need to figure out which book is #4 soon and read it too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oceana2602 | 6/9/2012

    " Hmm. I'd have to read it again to remember what was going on, but I'm sure it was good. It's Kathy Reichs. Read my reviews of her more recent books to know why I love her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 4/28/2012

    " Not my favorite of the series so far, but definitely decent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Fisher | 3/3/2012

    " I really like Reichs mysteries. This one was a little vexing because some characters were behaving stupidly. I would have written the nephew off, but Temperance is patient. Still good overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 12/28/2011

    " Besides bringing me back to my visit to Montreal, I have nothing to recommend this book, except it wasn't the worst book I read on vacation. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 10/2/2011

    " I enjoy Kathy Reichs books, this one was ok...not my favorite, but overall it was entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sbuchanon | 4/25/2011

    " Reading the Temperance Brennan series makes me wish I was still young enough to realistically consider going back to school to do this kind of thing-- to give closure to the living and justice to the dead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/16/2011

    " I have read two other books by Reichs and enjoyed them but this one moved very slowly for me. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood but I just didn't feel connected at all with the characters and the plot did not move me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/2/2011

    " Bikers. Secret undercover assignments. It was alright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/31/2011

    " Part of my "read some Montreal books before going to Montreal". Interesting character, and fast-moving action. Hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 3/30/2011

    " Is something bad going to happen to Temperence or an immediate relative in EVERY book? She's three for three with this book. I'm done with the series, for now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krys | 3/30/2011

    " It was a gripping novel that I just couldn't put down. I still love her other novels better then this one. But they all have their individual charms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rincey | 3/19/2011

    " It's definitely getting better, but still kind of cheesy/predictable. Are all crime novels/series like this? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/13/2011

    " Finally, an interesting Bones book. Once I let go of the TV series and focused on the writer I realized she does have some interesting tales of gory to tell. I enjoy the motorcycle gangs violence and intensity alot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 2/11/2011

    " Started this book. Made it about 1/2 way and could not continue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/7/2011

    " Really enjoy the series - and appreciate that the books are nothing like the tv show. She does an amazing job of roping the reader in and dragging them on the adrenaline trip of Temperance's adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/5/2011

    " I love this author! I'm still not disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 12/28/2010

    " A great mystery. As always she leaves me guessing. "

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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

Katherine Borowitz completed her fist audiobook in 1999 when she narrated Maeve Binchy’s Tara Road. Since then she has gone on to narrate several books by mystery writer Kathy Reichs, including Death Du Jour and Deadly Decisions, which won an Earphones Award. She is also an accomplished actress who has appeared in films such as The Man Who Wasn’t There, Internal Affairs, and A Serious Man