Burnt Bones

Burnt Bones

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by Michael Slade

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Chief Superintendent Robert DeClercq has faced a horde of psychos in his time. But never one as coldly diabolical as Mephisto.

Mephisto sends his challenge to Special X from cyberspace. Somewhere out there lurks a hellish mastermind, a sadistic psychopath obsessed with the secret of Stonehenge.

What the devil is Stonehenge? Through two million dark


Chief Superintendent Robert DeClercq has faced a horde of psychos in his time. But never one as coldly diabolical as Mephisto.

Mephisto sends his challenge to Special X from cyberspace. Somewhere out there lurks a hellish mastermind, a sadistic psychopath obsessed with the secret of Stonehenge.

What the devil is Stonehenge? Through two million dark nights that puzzle has baffled mankind. Mephisto suspects the answer lies in the Highland Hoard - a mythic cache hidden by barbarian raiders on Hadrian's Wall - which reveals what must be done to save mankind from itself.

Backed by Donella, a tartan-clad femme fatale, and a cult of modern Druids embroiled in human sacrifice, Mephisto uses DeClercq as a pawn to find the ancient treasure, while Special X adopts 21st century forensics to keep the madman from unleashing hell on Earth.

The answer to the riddle of Stonehenge?

Burnt bones.

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"Top cop Detective Inspector Kim Rossmo had only one condition when asked to be a character in BURNT BONES. 'I asked not to be mutilated,' jokes the psycho-hunter. Rossmo is a Slade fan, partly because the books revel in a kind of ambitiously macabre crime that is a cut above the sad, grim routine a police officer sees. 'They're really interesting reads,' says the cybercop." - The Canadian Press

"BURNT BONES introduces the psycho to end all psychos. Mephisto makes Hannibal Lecter seem like an Oxford don with slightly unorthodox culinary tastes." - The Vancouver Sun

"If you like your murders gory and in bulk, this is the series for you. It's up to Special X and real-life geographic profiler Detective Inspector Kim Rossmo to unravel the web of a millenarian cult gone mad. Slade writes the kind of stuff of which nightmares are made." - The Globe and Mail

"Slade villains are among the most twisted, evil creations to adorn the printed page. Because he works closely with police officers to ensure that he uses state-of-the-art forensic techniques, Slade writes cop thrillers that real cops read." - Cemetery Dance

"BURNT BONES is a very original thriller that should appeal to anyone looking for a change from the usual stuff that litters bookstore shelves." - The Halifax Chronicle-Herald

"Mephisto's female partner, Donella, is a sexual Amazon with the tenderness of a cobra. Mephisto's demonic Druids are impersonal killing machines. The careful research into the mystery of Stonehenge is well-handled. The job of a criminal lawyer is good training for writing complex, detailed stories. If you like fantastic characters in a setting of blood and human barbecues, you won’t be disappointed." - Island Tides

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Meet the Author

Criminal lawyer Michael Slade has acted in over a hundred murder cases. He specializes in the law of insanity, and argued the last hanging appeal in the Supreme Court.

Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words Crime Convention in 2011 and the World Horror Convention in 2001. He teaches "How to Write a Mystery Thriller" at Simon Fraser University.

Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. Reader’s Digest says: "The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure."

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Burnt Bones 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exciting enough, but I found the the plot was shallow, predictable, and cliche. Think twice before buying this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book, with Slade's usual blend of grisly horror and unique historical events. He mixes the history excerpts with the present events very well in all of his writings. However, I did miss a sense of the personal grit that I feel from a Slade novel. With the tragic loss of DeClerq's wives and daughter (the second of which was a tragic shock), to Zinc Chandler's escapades (who is only mentioned once in this novel), I always felt that Slade had a deep feeling of closeness to these characters. In this novel, we only get a few glimpses of the character's emotions and inner demons. These glimpses feel somewhat external and shallow this time around however. I would like to feel more passion in Slade's next novel than just the fine historical mix of horror and mystery. It feels that Slade may be starting to depend on his historical knowledge and ignoring DeClerq and his cohorts a little too much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can Slade do wrong?? This thriller has everything you want...lavish history, great characters and some scientific know-how and a plot to die for!!! Slade's genius is the way he's able to use aincient history and battles...in this case Roman History mixed with Stonehenge, Druids and Celtic myths and legendss...and reflect all of this into a coherent plot that makes sense logically. I loved the meditations on cults and this new science called geoprofiling...just an intense ride with a master of storytelling. As a proud Sadist, I say buy this and enjoy a unique reading experience. A warnign though: it helps if you have read some/all of the Special X novels...these are all Slade writes, so start with HEADHUNTER and enjoy it all!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Even as a child he accompanied his father on trips that enabled him to see many of the wonders that spice up the mundane world. He has been to Stonehenge, Salisbury, and other centers of power throughout the British Isles. He believed his father when he was told residents of Atlantis who had colonized much of their current world built these monuments. He also listened to his father who told him about the Hoard, a key that opens up the secrets that the Ancient Ones built into these artifacts. When they reach Hadrian¿s Wall, the boy learns finds out that the Hoard is the silver skull of a Roman soldier with a Druid medallion inside his forehead.

The boy grew into a ruthless cruel psychopath named Mephisto. His only desire is to find the Hoard in order to uncover the secrets of the Ancients. Mephisto has traced the Hoard to the Campbell clan living on San Juan Island. He abducts the members and tortures them in order to reveal their information. Though that plan fails, the clever Mephisto continues his onslaught by obtaining, through a diabolical and deadly plan, the services of the Canadian and American police forces.

Michael Slade has written an exciting, enthralling, and eerie chiller that is not for the faint of heart since it contains graphic violence. Readers who liked Harris¿ Silence of the Lambs will enjoy this work. The fast-paced story line is filled with descriptive details and complex heroes and villains. BURNT BONES is a complicated thriller that provides insight into Scottish and Roman history, a situation that though rare for this sub-genre, triumphantly works.

Harriet Klausner