Deadly Decisions

Deadly Decisions

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Nobody tells a chilling story like international bestselling author Kathy Reichs, whose "most valuable tool is her expertise...she's the real thing"(New York Newsday).Drawing on her years as a top forensic anthropologist, Reichs brings her cutting-edge scientific know-how to this poignant, terrifying new tour de force.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. Emily Anne was cut down in a biker crossfire. The North Carolina victim, Savannah Osprey, was last seen hitching a ride with a transient biker. Tempe's nephew, Kit, is intrigued by motorcycles. Does he understand the difference between legitimate riders and gangs, or is he too mesmerized to comprehend that outlaw bikers are big trouble?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 a mask. From blood-splatter patterns and ground-penetrating radar to bone-sample analysis,Deadly Décisionstriumphantly combines the authenticity of a world-class forensic professional with the narrative power of a brilliant new crime-writing star. This richly nuanced thriller is sure to catapult a uniquely gifted author to even greater heights.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Scribner, 2000.
ISBN: 9780684859712
Characteristics: 333 pages ;,25 cm.


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Sep 03, 2017

Not up to the standards of the first book
In this third installment in the Dr. Temperance Brennan series, there are biker gangs in Montreal, and they are killing each other. Most of it happens in Montreal, which is an improvement over the bopping around in previous books.
The story is interesting, and Reichs is still above average.
Some of the characters are fast becoming clichés. And if you don't figure out a sub-plot (spoiler alert!) about her love interest being a dirty cop, you need to take Mystery Fiction 101 again. Temperance also gets to play Mommy again, this time to a nephew, but it isn't particularly exciting. More of a Scarpetta rip-off. Again, too, Reichs plays fast and loose with a couple of clues that make Brennan look like an idiot to any intelligent reader and really detracts from the story. The final ending is almost surreal, and reads more like a script for an action TV-series than reliable fiction.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

Mar 23, 2017

Much to do about so very little. I grew to dislike Temperance's nephew Kit who comes across as spoiled and arrogant. He is a significant character in the story so that turned me off. There is a lot of interweaving pedantry involving bones of all kinds and a vicious biker gang war. Far too many characters to keep in mind. It seemed that Temperance was more of an observer than an actor who made a difference in the outcome. Hard for me to set aside a book when I reach page 300. With this book I should have stopped reading before I begun.

Dec 14, 2015

Can't get enough of this author but this book dragged a little bit. A great read none the less.

Aug 11, 2015

An ok entry in the Temperance Brennan series. Tempe is involved in a task force dealing with the doings of outlaw motorcycle gangs. We also get to meet her sister Harry's son Kit. As usual the book has the little "lectures" about various topics. Those are the only downfalls of these books. They just go on a little too long. Ok some bikers are bad. Ok blood splatter is revealing. Most people these days follow real crime and tv crime enough to know that various techniques exist for forensic analysis. We don't really need the minute details. The only really negative thing about this book is that Tempe's co-worker/friend/possible more-than-friend, Andrew Ryan gets sort of written out of this book. It's like the author didn't want to deal with their relationship story-arc and so awkwardly put Ryan out of the book. Probably could skip this one and not lose anything of the overall story

Jun 04, 2013

good book, but not my favorite of the bones series.

Apr 02, 2011



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A forensic anthropologist finds a link between a skull found in Montreal, the skeleton of a teenager found in North Carolina and the death of a 9-year-old on the streets of Montreal.


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The third Temperance Brennan novel. Author Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist.

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