When a plane crashes high in the mountains of North Carolina, Tempe Brennan is one of the first on the scene. As a forensic anthropologist for the state, she serves on the region's disaster response team. The task that confronts her is a sad and sickening one. Putting normal life on hold, she and her colleagues must painstakingly identify the victims. A chance discovery concerns her: a severed foot, well away from the main crash site. A deserted house close by is buried so deep in the woods that locals claim to know nothing of its existence. And her examination of the foot throws up more questions than it answers. Before she can make any progress, an anonymous accusation is levelled against her. Tempe must fight to save her professional standing. But she fears that, air tragedy aside, another corpse lies somewhere in the woods. Pitting herself against a conspiracy of silence, Tempe vows to bring justice for her mystery victim...
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When TransSouth Air 228 explodes and crashes 20 minutes into its flight over rural Swain County, North Carolina, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called in to help identify the remains of the 88 passengers and crewmembers. Preliminary investigation suggests the crash may have been caused by a husband with an eye on his wife's juicy life-insurance policy; or by Sri Lankan terrorists out to make a point; or by mobsters bent on eliminating snitch Pepper Petricelli and Jean Bertrand, the Canadian officer escorting him to prison. When Tempe finds remnants of a foot that predate the plane fallout within sight of the crash, the state's medical examiner, under orders from the lieutenant governor, suddenly insists she has contaminated the scene and bans her from the site. Undeterred, Tempe works with Sheriff Lucy Crowe and Bertrand's partner Andrew Ryan-who just might be Tempe's next lover-to keep finding evidence of more and more suspicious disappearances of locals going back years: disappearances whose center is the cabin headquarters of the sinister H&F Club. Before Tempe's reputation is restored, her friend Primrose is murdered, a politician commits suicide, bone striations indicate cannibal practices, another anthropologist sheepishly confesses to chicanery, and a last-minute plane boarding leads to tragedy. Warning: the haunting, stomach-turning opening sequence may convince wavering readers never to fly again. Like Patricia Cornwall, Reichs ("Deadly Decisions, "July 2000, etc.) is expert at autopsy protocol and the intricacies of the death sciences, but relies for up-tempo relief on improbably melodramatic plot twists. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs serves as forensic anthropologist for the Offices of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratorie de Sciences Judiciaires et de Medecine Legale for the province of Quebec. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Caroline at Charlotte, she divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Reader BiographyKatherine Borowitz has appeared in various films including Baby Boom. She also read Kathy Reich's novels Death Du Jour and Deadly D-cisions for Random House Audiobooks