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Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver Series #8)

Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver Series #8)

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by Aaron Elkins

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A promised role in a documentary film draws Gideon Oliver to Egypt, but when the skeleton of a Fifth Dynasty scribe unexpectedly appears, Gideon must change his plans. HC: Mysterious Press.


A promised role in a documentary film draws Gideon Oliver to Egypt, but when the skeleton of a Fifth Dynasty scribe unexpectedly appears, Gideon must change his plans. HC: Mysterious Press.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anthropology professor, bone expert and renowned ``Skeleton Detective,'' Gideon Oliver makes his eighth appearance, following Make No Bones , in Edgar-winning Elkins's engaging, mainly cozy, series. Not even the idiosyncratic Gideon and his wealth of appealing bone lore can, however, redeem the narrative's uncharacteristically sluggish pace. At Horizon House, a research facility in Luxor, the remains of a previously catalogued, 4400-year-old skeleton are found, mysteriously out of place in a storeroom. Gideon, who is there adding color commentary to a documentary dealing with ancient treasure, takes a look at the bones, at the same time noting the feuding among unwieldy academic egos and sorely harassed support staff. The suspicious death of the much disliked Horizon House director, who had accompanied the filming crew on a Nile riverboat, intensifies the mystery, especially after more bones--too many--with the same catalogue number turn up. Gideon remains charming and eccentric, especially with a dusty bone in hand or his beloved wife Julie nearby, but the conclusion, lacking the kind of after-the-fact inevitability relished by mystery lovers, mildly disappoints. Mystery Guild alternate. (May)

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Grand Central Publishing
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Gideon Oliver Series , #8
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4.22(w) x 6.77(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Elkins is a former anthropologist and professor who has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982. His major continuing series features forensic anthropologist‑detective Gideon Oliver, “the Skeleton Detective.” There are fifteen published titles to date in the series. The Gideon Oliver books have been (roughly) translated into a major ABC‑TV series and have been selections of the Book‑of‑the‑Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. His work has been published in a dozen languages.

 Mr. Elkins won the 1988 Edgar Award for best mystery of the year for Old Bones, the fourth book in the Gideon Oliver Series. He and his cowriter and wife, Charlotte, also won an Agatha Award, and he has also won a Nero Wolfe Award. Mr. Elkins lives on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with Charlotte.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books in this series are the first forensic novels that I have read. I love how the characters are portrayed. They are drawn with an intellegence that is neither condescending to the reader nor so self aggrandizing that it makes portions of the story line unintelligable. And if you pay attention to the skeletons in the stories you may learn some facts about skeletons and anthropology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading Aaron Elkins' books about a decade ago, discovered the author in one of those book sales. Since then, I've always looked out for new books by him. I'm proud to say I have most, if not all, of his books in my coolection. I am now slowly eorking my way through owning the electronic versions.
ophelia11 More than 1 year ago
A liile humor a little death a lot of character development. Wonderful locale discriptions. Ancient history facts. Elkins has it all. Love his novels. Easy reads but not exactly "cozies". You will be charmed by his characters and will be led to read another page another page before putting down the book for the night. Try one! You will be hooked!
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