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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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

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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 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.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617561467
Publisher:
EReads
Publication date:
06/29/2011
Series:
Gideon Oliver Series, #8
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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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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