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Kathy Reichs

Cross Bones
Publisher: William Heinemann
ISBN: 0-434-01040-5

Kathy Reichs biography by Chris High

The eighth outing for Dr Temperance Brennan and Detective Andrew Ryan, sees an apparent suicide turn into much more, necessitating in a trip to Israel and so delves into the mysteries of a group of bones as old as Christ.

Front cover of the book by Kathy Reichs - Cross Bones

As ever with a Kathy Reichs' novel, you know what you are going to get - a well-researched and brilliantly plausible tale - no matter how implausible the premise - that is exceedingly difficult to put down. Her characters are wonderfully well drawn and their dialogue has a pizzazz that makes the reader believe that they are listening in through an open window, despite their being the usual bucketfuls of Sci-speak. The author, after all, is a forensic anthropologist, but the technicalities of her "trade" rarely slows the pace of the story and, indeed, adds to the aura of its telling in many ways. There are though a lot of "bones" to keep track of and also a huge amount of history that is served up, on occasions, just a little coldly. Kathy Reichs excels in her ability to describe, which is best illustrated with Tempe being inside a laboratory dissecting cadavers and not giving lectures or hypothesising with stunning accuracy. Forensic scientists don't catch killers; they help the police catch killers and Dr Brennan remains faithful to that end in this novel, if only just.

All in all, this is a welcome return of the good Doctor and, with a television series based around her adventures out in America soon, all bodes well for an author who improves with each outing.

Other authors appearing at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2005:

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Simon Kernick - nominated for his book The Murder Exchange the second in Kernick's loose London-based crime series introduces DS John Gallan and ex-mercenary, Max Iversson.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Murder Exchange' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin - bestselling crime author and famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is nominated for his book A Question Of Blood published by Orion (Paperback)
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' A Question Of Blood' by Chris High

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
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Review of 'The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High
A review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

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Writing gets me away for a while' from this world and into one where I, alone, can make or
break the rules as I see fit.” - Chris High 2003.
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