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Cross Bones (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Kathy Reichs

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Authors:Kathy Reichs
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Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs (2005)

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    The Inquisitor's Key by Jefferson Bass (ijustgetbored)
    ijustgetbored: If this kind of Biblical anthropology-forgery stuff is your thing, this mystery might also appeal to you.
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Another good read - pleasant not a strain to keep together and at the same time I like that particular time frame 1940/50s ( )
  Bauernfeind | Jun 4, 2016 |
Some good background details of forensic science on a backdrop of religious history. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
Audio book narrated by Michele Pawk
2.5***

Dr Tempe Brennan, forensic anthropologist, returns in her 8th outing. This time she stumbles upon a potentially explosive find with international implications when she’s called to consult on a putrefied corpse found in a warehouse closet. As she follows the many conflicting clues, she ultimately goes to Israel, where she travels with a bag of seemingly ancient bones, possibly stolen decades earlier from an archeological dig.

What I like about Brennan is that she is smart and feisty. What I like about Reichs’s mysteries is that she includes a fair amount of forensic detail based on her own work as a forensic anthropologist. What drives me crazy is that Tempe almost always winds up behaving in a borderline stupid / careless manner. This outing is no different. She runs into situations without being fully prepared (Who goes into a cave without a powerful flashlight with new batteries?), and without considering the potential consequences. (Would YOU enter a place that had obviously been ransacked … and in the dark, to boot?) While Brennan definitely seems to have every intention of getting herself out of the messes she gets herself into, Reichs also frequently happens to write in a convenient male to save her. Still, Reichs crafts a good story that is compelling, moves quickly, and holds my attention. And Pawk does a fine job narrating.

So why only 2.5 stars? This one seems to be blatantly riding the coattails of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code; it was published two years after Brown’s blockbuster. Without giving too much away, think of Mary Magdalene.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
I love the entire Temperence Brennan series but this book was especially appealing because of the trip to Israel and the implications a bone-find might have on Christianity. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
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Kathy Reichsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fulbrook III, JohnCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pawk, MicheleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sebastian, CatherineAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shokoff, ElisaProducer & directorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wetzel, SuzanneAssociate producersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Depart from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it.
--Jewish Holy Scripture,
Psalm 34:14
The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for them that make peace.
--New Testament, James 3:18
And make not Allah because of your swearing (by him) an obstacle to your doing good and guarding (against evil) and making peace between men, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
--Koran 2:224
Dedication
For Susanne Kirk, editor, Scribner, 1975-2004
and
For Dr. James Woodward, chancellor,
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1989-2005

Thanks for the years of support and encouragement.

Enjoy your retirements!
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  • From 1963 to 1965, Masada, site of a first-century Jewish revolt against the Romans, was excavated by Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin and a team of international volunteers.


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Following and Easter dinner of ham, peas, and creamed potatoes Charles "Le Cowboy" Bellemare pinched a twenty from his sister, drove to a crack house in Verdun, and vanished.
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The key to a modern murder lies in the sands of history.

Examining a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. But puzzling damage on the body of a shooting victim, an Orthodox Jewish man, suggests this is no ordinary Montreal murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed at an archaeological site, Tempe uncovers chilling ties between the dead man and secrets long buried in the dust of Israel. Traveling there with Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe plunges into an international mystery as old as Jesus, and centered on the controversial discovery of Christ's tomb. Has a mastermind lured her into an elaborate hoax? If not, Tempe may be on the brink of rewriting two thousand years of history -- if she can survive the foes dead set on burying her.

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Examining a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed at an archaeological site, Tempe uncovers chilling ties between the dead man and secrets long buried in the dust of Israel. Traveling with Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe plunges into an international mystery as old as Jesus, and centered on the controversial discovery of Christ's tomb. Tempe may be on the brink of rewriting two thousand years of history - if she can survive the foes dead set on burying her.… (more)

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