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Kathy Reichs Cross Bones

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Kathy Reichs Cross Bones Challenge is hardly any.

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has a new case in this eighth novel from New York Times bestselling author and world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs. kathy-_reichs_cross_bones.jpg

Dr. Brennan is called in to interpret the wounds of a man who was shot in the head, but while she tries to make sense of the fracture patterning, an unknown man slips her a photograph of a skeleton, telling her it holds the answer to the victim’s death. Detective Andrew Ryan is also on the case and, as his relationship with his doctoress heats up, together they try to figure out who this orthodox Jew in the Israeli “import business” really was. Black market trade in antiquities and the mysterious photo are the cues, that get the story started in which the main personage with the help of Jacob Drum, a biblical archaeologist and old friend from the University of North Carolina, follows the trail of clues all the way to Israel. In the Holy Land, she learns of a strange ossuary at Masada, a shroud, and a tomb that may have held the remains of Jesus’s family. But the further she probes into the identity of the ancient skeleton, the more she seems to be putting herself in danger. The case turns out to be the most controversial one of her career. Now, i won’t tell more for the sake of those who might enjoy reading the book.

Cross Bones has an admittedly fast pace, a rather complicatedly plotted story and an abundance of forensic detail that does not help the uninformed reader and annoys the informed one. Plus the language is so plain that is as boring as reading a plot rather than a published story. Nothing of a gripping and explosive thriller, but a tabloid mixture of plain modern murder and an alleged ancient biblical mystery.

If this is called Kathy Reichs’s most compelling and dramatic novel yet, then I will wait until she starts to learn writing literature or gives it up in order to follow her scientific carreer, which would probably be the best.


Written by huehueteotl

April 14, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Posted in Literature, Movies/Books, Music

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