Dead Men's Hearts [NOOK Book]

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An ancient skeleton tossed in a garbage dump is the first conundrum to rattle Gideon Oliver when he arrives in Egypt. There to appear in a documentary film, he expects an undemanding week of movie star treatment and a luxurious cruise up the Nile with his wife Julie. But when Gideon discovers a tantalizing secret in the discarded bones—and violence claims a famous Egyptologist's life—he is thrust into a spotlight of a different kind. Plying his calipers as the world's foremost forensic anthropologist, Gideon's ...
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Overview


An ancient skeleton tossed in a garbage dump is the first conundrum to rattle Gideon Oliver when he arrives in Egypt. There to appear in a documentary film, he expects an undemanding week of movie star treatment and a luxurious cruise up the Nile with his wife Julie. But when Gideon discovers a tantalizing secret in the discarded bones—and violence claims a famous Egyptologist's life—he is thrust into a spotlight of a different kind. Plying his calipers as the world's foremost forensic anthropologist, Gideon's investigation of the goings-on leads him through the back alleys and bazaars of Cairo and deep into the millennia-old tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

As the puzzle is painstakingly pieced together, Gideon will find that the identifying traits of a cunning killer are the same now as they were in the time of the pyramids: greed without guilt, lies without conscience…and murder without remorse.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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)
Emily Melton
A bright, breezy, witty writing style, a cunning plot, a remarkably appealing hero, some uproariously funny dialogue, and an exotic Mideast setting add up to a winning combination in anthropologist/sleuth Gideon Oliver's eighth outing. After reluctantly agreeing to help film a documentary promoting Horizon House, a center for Egyptian studies located in the Nile Valley, Gideon and his wife, Julie, are looking forward to a relaxing few weeks. But soon after they reach Luxor, an ancient skeleton unearthed at a Horizon House dig in the 1920s is misplaced, and the illustrious head of the institute, Professor Clifford Haddon, is murdered. Gideon, already nicknamed "the Skeleton Detective" for his previous forays into anthropological crime-solving, finds himself caught up in one of the oddest and most deadly adventures of his sleuthing career. A priceless Amarna statuette is at stake, and if Gideon can outwit the mysterious, galabia-clad tomb-robbers, the crooked artifact smugglers, and the bumbling Luxor police, he may be able to find the missing statue "and" Haddon's killer. A refreshingly funny, clever, entertaining mystery that will appeal to a broad range of readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497609914
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Gideon Oliver Mysteries , #8
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 153,214
  • File size: 628 KB

Meet the Author

Aaron Elkins

AARON ELKINS is a former anthropologist and anthropology 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 "Old Bones" for best mystery of the year (fourth book in the Gideon Oliver Series). He and his co-writer 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 his mystery-writer wife and frequent co-author, Charlotte.

His official website is Aaron Elkins
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    One of my favorite authors

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Love these books

    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.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    A liile humor a little death a lot of character development. Wo

    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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