Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan Series #18)

Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan Series #18)

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No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.
 
Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.
 
Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.
 
Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.
 
While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.

Praise for Speaking in Bones
 
Speaking in Bones keeps the suspense high.”—Associated Press
 
“Temperance’s forensic sleuthing uncovers many secrets, along with a blockbuster psychological surprise.”The Huffington Post

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Speaking in Bones keeps the suspense high.”—Associated Press
 
“Temperance’s forensic sleuthing uncovers many secrets, along with a blockbuster psychological surprise.”The Huffington Post

Publishers Weekly

06/01/2015
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan doesn’t think very highly of Hazel Strike and her fellow “websleuths,” amateurs who gather online to try and solve crimes and locate missing persons, in bestseller Reichs’s solid 18th novel featuring Brennan (after 2014’s Bones Never Lie). Hazel is convinced that bones in Brennan’s Mecklenburg County, N.C., lab belong to 18-year-old Cora Teague, who disappeared more than three years earlier. Trouble is, no one officially reported Cora missing. Cora’s parents, who belong to a fringe Pentecostal church, claim Cora left town with a boy. Despite little evidence to support Hazel’s theory, Brennan investigates Cora’s family, as well as the boy Cora supposedly left town with, and uncovers some shocking secrets. With Brennan’s beau, Quebec homicide detective Andrew Ryan, in Canada, local deputy Zeb Ramsey lends a hand in the increasingly bizarre—and dangerous—investigation. Brennan’s on-again/off-again relationship with Ryan brings some welcome romantic interest to this multilayered series. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, William Morris Endeavor. (July)

Library Journal

04/01/2015
Here's a surprise for formidable forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan: an amateur detective named Hazel "Lucky" Strike is convinced that she knows the identity of some cold-case remains in Tempe's laboratory, having found a tape recorder near the spot where the remains were discovered. And Tempe is starting to believe her. Eighteenth in the series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804147828
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Temperance Brennan Series , #18
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 5.95(h) x 5.00(d)

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