The Bone Chamber (Sydney Fitzpatrick Series #2)

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Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, forensic artist to the FBI, returns to Quantico to help identify a brutally murdered young woman. But when Sydney?s friend and colleague, the forensic anthropologist who assisted her, is killed in a hit-and-run, a covert government team takes over the investigation, and Sydney is suddenly removed from the case. Certain her friend?s murder is connected to the first case, Sydney investigates. She discovers that the first victim was not only an archeological student, but also the ...

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Overview

Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, forensic artist to the FBI, returns to Quantico to help identify a brutally murdered young woman. But when Sydney’s friend and colleague, the forensic anthropologist who assisted her, is killed in a hit-and-run, a covert government team takes over the investigation, and Sydney is suddenly removed from the case. Certain her friend’s murder is connected to the first case, Sydney investigates. She discovers that the first victim was not only an archeological student, but also the daughter of the ambassador to the Holy See. Just before she was killed, the ambassador’s daughter claimed to have found one of three keys that just might lead to a map of the long lost Templar treasure. Sydney’s search for answers takes her to the streets of Rome, and into the underground crypts and caverns in Naples, one step ahead of a ruthless killer. Time is running out for Sydney as a fellow government agent is kidnapped. And the ransom demanded? The Templar map.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Conspiracy buffs will enjoy this...saga, which gains authenticity from Burcell's FBI training"     —Kirkus Reviews

"Burcell has created a masterwork of historical intrigue and cutting-edge forensic science. Suspenseful, shocking, and lightning-paced!"       —James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

"Burcell's second novel offers plenty of action...variations on the Freemason conspiracy theory and a good deal of underground scrambling, Indiana Jones-style."  —Publisher's Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Burcell's second novel to feature FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick (after 2008's Face of a Killer) offers plenty of action, if not the freshest ideas. After Fitzpatrick helps identify the faceless corpse of a young woman as the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Fitzpatrick decides to follow mysterious, predictably gruff covert government agent Zach Griffin to Rome. There they search for a “third key,” alluded to by a forensic anthropologist friend and colleague recently killed in a hit-and-run accident. Fitzpatrick and Griffin believe the key will lead them to a map, buried in the crypts of Rome or Naples, that may be connected to bioterrorism and a very bad guy named Carlo Adami. All this excitement takes them through standard variations on the Freemason conspiracy theory and a good deal of underground scrambling, Indiana Jones–style. It's all fun, if somewhat clichéd, and a little burdened by Fitzpatrick's many moments of brooding and indecision. (Dec.)
Library Journal
FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick (Face of a Killer) gets caught up in a case involving a Black Ops group, a couple of murders, a frenzied hunt for a Templar treasure map, and terrorists armed with a biological weapon capable of biblical destruction. VERDICT Burcell, who writes outstanding police procedurals featuring Kate Gillespie, has strayed from her comfort zone in writing a Da Vinci Code imitation, but this is sure to entertain those Dan Brown fans who are at the bottom of the reserve list for The Lost Symbol. [Harper mass-market edition previewed in Prepub Mystery, LJ 9/1/09.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590583753
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Sydney Fitzpatrick Series , #2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Burcell, an FBI-trained forensic artist, has worked as a police officer, detective and hostage negotiator. After more than 20 years in law enforcement, Burcell now writes full-time.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Edge of your seat thriller

    This book was so good. Normally I take forever to read a book because I never get truly invested into it. I get bored halfway through it. It starts of kind of slow but wow once it starts to speed up you won't put it down. I love this book, I've read it twice already and will probably read it a few more. Excellent book!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    The Bone Chamber is centered on a FBI forensic artist Special Ag

    The Bone Chamber is centered on a FBI forensic artist Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick. Sydney is called into help by a mysterious government agency encouraged by one of her friends. This is a mystery that takes us to Rome and a tomb that is linked with the Knight Templars and the threat of a disaster. This book was the monthly pick for my mystery book club and was liked by the group.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Excellent

    I'm hooked on this writter and characters. She spoke at our Authors' Day and was so interesting. First female officer in small town of Lodi CA, FBI trained forensic artist, and a hostage negotiator - she knows her stuff!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Very good, exciting read. Hard to put down.

    Very good, exciting read. Hard to put down. First time I've read this author. Will keep an eye out for more. Relatively fast paced action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Slow to start but good

    This book had a pretty slow start, I almost stopped reading it but I forced myself to keep going because I paid for it.

    It got really interesting around the middle of the book. I didn't like how the book just stopped at what I felt like was the middle of hte plotline.

    I am going to assume this is part of a series considering how it ended and will be looking for more books by this author so I can find out what happens next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Quick

    I enjoyed this book. Although not the top of its genre, it still was exciting enough to recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Talon

    Meh just voicing meh wirries out loud o3o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Karma

    Huh.....youre talkin bout Imperi?...idk.....)) She pads back to camp eith her prey.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Good Read, Not Exceptional

    The characters were well drawn, the plot had the requisite twists and surprises, but failed to rise above the level of good. Worth the time to take a look. It may strike you where it somehow missed the mark for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    EXCELLENT READ---MOM

    I absolutely love reading books by RobinBurcell. She has an uncanny way of keeping our interest and pulling us into the story. I truly felt as if I was actually in Italy enjoying the catacombs with her. Maybe someday! Keep bringing us more intrigue and adventure! ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Tried so hard

    I tried to hard to like this book and to give it a chance but I just couldn't keep going. As a fan of this genre I was not impressed at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Terrible

    This is a really, really terrible book. The inconsistencies and just plain ridiculousness that occurs in the first few pages is beyond bad. Right, this loser claims to be an agent and the FBI doesn't even check ID? PLEASE!! also poorly written, with multiple run-on sentences. It was only .99, and I still feel ripped off; I could have more profitably wasted my time staring at the ceiling. This book was THAT bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Great read

    Great read with several twists and turns.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Good book

    I would definitely recommend this book! Great read.

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Multi-threaded International Thriller Satisfies

    Feisty independent-minded FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick is off again. This time she bouncing between Washington, DC, San Francisco and various Italian locations. All the while she and her cohorts dodge international hit men. Burcell is a good writer and her varied law enforcement background gives her writing a level of authority lacking in some crime fiction.

    The novel is a wide-ranging tale of intrigue, sanctioned and unsanctioned black ops, the CIA the FBI, and several other sometimes questionable agencies. Here are active old and new world mafia figures, the Knights Templar, and several world governments. The story dredges up long standing rumors, beliefs based on very sketchy and tenuous evidence, ancient legends and involves some vast and secretive organizations such as the Vatican, Freemasonry and maybe some left-over bits of the Tri-Lateral Commission.

    Conspiracies within governments, especially those involving questionable banking institutions and practices are fruitful and always interesting. That is especially the case when the venal actions of important institutions from the distant past are held up to the unblinking gaze of modern research. This novel has 'em all. And that's part of the attraction of the book. Burcell has linked in an essentially fanciful way, an incredible chain of real events that reach back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and possible implications in the modern era. The novel proves that murder, corruption and cynical manipulation with the goal of great power and wealth are not the province of our times.

    If the novel has flaws it is the multiplicity of threads that wind through the book, sometimes creating a Gordian's Knot of complexities. Nevertheless, "Bone Chamber" never completely loses its foundation in the real world and plausible outcomes. A tense and intriguing ride from start to finish.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    This is an exciting action packed FBI Brownian thriller

    Her superior SAC Harcourt cut short her family vacation before it began so that FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick can draw in the features of a faceless corpse of a young woman. When the victim is identified as Alessandra the adopted daughter of the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Fitzpatrick accompanies FBI Special Agent Zach Griffin to Rome to assist on the investigation.

    They search for something called the "Third key" mentioned to Zach by FBI forensic anthropologist Tasha Gilbert who said she has been cursed by a two thousand year old spell before she died in a suspicious hit-and-run accident in the DC area. The two Feds assume the key will lead to a map buried in the crypts of Rome or Naples. They also think that is a clue to a bioterrorist plot being concocted by Carlo Adami.

    This is an exciting action packed FBI Brownian thriller. The story line is fast-paced although Sydney's constant whine with no cheese (unlike her emotional personal previous case in Face of a Killer) becomes irritating as if she is the first person to have a vacation delayed. Still the mysterious Zach and Sydney make a strong team as they try to break the Third Key code and find out what Adami has planned.

    Harriet Klausner

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