This is the seventh novel in the successful and best-selling Tempe Brennon, board-certified forensic pathologist, series. Tempe is an exact replica of author Dr. Reichs in real life: same job, same education and background, and same dividing her time between two job settings - one in Montreal she speaks fluent French and one in North Carolina. Early in the book, Tempe testifies as an expert witness, but this was really just a ploy to describe the Maybe best yet in unusual "skeleton doc" series! Early in the book, Tempe testifies as an expert witness, but this was really just a ploy to describe the glowing credentials of our two heroines Tempe and the real life one and establish just what it is that they do sophisticated bone analysis to assist traditional medical examiners and coroners.
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Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die? Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlor owner found nineteenth-century buttons in the cellar with the skeletons.
Tempe examines the bones in her lab and establishes approximate age with Carbon Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born.
Definitely his case. Detective Andrew Ryan, meanwhile, is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life?
Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat. As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return Tempe may be next.
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