Flash and Bones (Temperance Brennan Series #14)

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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Producer of the FOX television hit Bones KATHY REICHS accelerates the suspense in NASCAR country, where Dr. Temperance Brennan reignites a stalled federal case with explosive forensic clues—to murder.

She lived for speed—and vanished without a trace. . . .

As 200,000 fans pour into town for Race Week, a body is found in a metal drum near Charlotte Motor Speedway—a discovery ...

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Overview

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Producer of the FOX television hit Bones KATHY REICHS accelerates the suspense in NASCAR country, where Dr. Temperance Brennan reignites a stalled federal case with explosive forensic clues—to murder.

She lived for speed—and vanished without a trace. . . .

As 200,000 fans pour into town for Race Week, a body is found in a metal drum near Charlotte Motor Speedway—a discovery that has NASCAR crewman Wayne Gamble urgently seeking out Tempe at the Mecklenburg County ME’s office: twelve years ago, his sister, Cindi, then a high school senior and aspiring professional race car driver, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette, who was linked to a group of right-wing extremists. The FBI joined the investigation, but it was soon terminated. Is the body Cindi’s? Or Cale’s? Tests reveal that a toxic substance was in the drum with the body—just as another disappearance occurs. Who is orchestrating the mayhem behind the scenes at NASCAR—and what government secrets might have been buried more than a decade ago?

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Fans of Fox TV's Bones will enjoy this suspenseful (and commercial-free) installment of the Kathy Reichs mystery series on which it is based. In Flash and Bones, forensic anthropologist Temperance "Bones" Brennan tackles a cold case involving two bodies buried in asphalt, a NASCAR race, a group of far-right wing extremists, and perhaps an FBI cover-up. What is simmering beneath the surface of this long-dormant case? Tightly plotted and fascinating crime scene investigation.

Publishers Weekly - Audio
In this latest book in the Temperance Brennan series, the forensic anthropologist—and inspiration for the television series Bones—finds herself in Charlotte, N.C., and in the middle of a case involving auto racing, a corpse hidden in a barrel of asphalt for 10 years, and an assortment of missing persons, including one with ties to a white supremacist group known as the Patriot Posse. Narrator Linda Emond—who has ably handled previous books in the series—captures the essence of the book’s heroine: wry, self-deprecating, smart, and never smug. Emond also provides appropriate voices for male characters and produces an assortment of believable Southern accents, including the marzipan-sweet sounds of Brennan’s office receptionist and the whiny demands ofa dim-bulb beauty contest winner. But Emond’s finest achievements are the voices she lends to both gruff and cynical detective Skinny Slidell and the sinister leader of the Patriot Posse.A Scribner hardcover. (Aug.)
Publishers Weekly
The discovery of an old corpse in a barrel of asphalt in landfill bordering the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., propels Reichs's solid 14th thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (after Spider Bones). Brennan feels the pressure to make a quick ID, with race week approaching and the speedway a major stop on the NASCAR circuit. Wayne Gamble, whose older sister, Cindi, an aspiring NASCAR driver, disappeared in 1998 with her right wing–leaning boyfriend, hopes Brennan can help, perhaps by identifying the barrel body as his sister. But as Brennan pokes around into the cold case, new issues crop up with the FBI claiming jurisdiction because of possible bioterrorism. Caught between two sparring cops, Erskine "Skinny" Slidell of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD and Cotton Galimore, the speedway's head of security, Brennan must tread carefully to find the long-buried truth. Reichs imbues this fusion of past and present with her signature blend of forensic know-how and deeply felt characters. (Aug.)
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"I love a good mystery and have been fascinated by forensic science long before starting work on the show Bones. So I am a big fan of Kathy's books. I love the character of Temperance Brennan, her strong spirit and intelligence, and the humor in the book series."—Emily Deschanel

“Reichs imbues this fusion of past and present with her signature blend of forensic know-how and deeply felt characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“Reichs knows what her readers like, and she has another hit with Flash and Bones…a compelling read that will appeal to anyone who likes reading forensic thrillers.”Associated Press

“Welcome to Bones 101…writing novels seems to be embedded in [Reichs’] family's DNA. “—USA Today

“A fine entry in a consistently solid series.”—Booklist

“Reichs has crafted a novel likely to appeal to NASCAR lovers as well as thriller aficionados.”Charlotte Observer

Library Journal
In her 14th escapade (after Spider Bones), forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan pulls a body from a landfill near North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway, which leads her on a convoluted and contrived search that involves right-wing militants posing as stock-car enthusiasts who seek revenge by injecting toxic microorganisms into socially undesirable members. To spice up this tangle of plotlines, Reichs has the stubborn Tempe display her voluptuous inclinations with fellow detectives and her vindictiveness with family members. VERDICT Rednecks and race cars do not constitute a compelling plot. Although devoted Reichs fans will miss the clever repartee and nonstop action of her previous novels, they will still plod through this one. Series newcomers will find earlier titles, such as 206 Bones and Bare Bones, far more interesting. [See Prepub Alert, 2/21/11.]—Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442340527
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: Temperance Brennan Series , #14
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,315,914
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs, like her character Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist, formerly for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and currently for the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de mÉdecine lÉgale for the province of Quebec. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is one of only seventy-nine forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, is past Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Board in Canada. Reichs's first book, DÉja Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her novel, Devil Bones, was a #1 New York Times bestseller.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Kathleen J. Reichs (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Québec
    1. Education:
      B.A., American University, 1971; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
    2. Website:

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LOOKING BACK, I THINK OF IT AS RACE WEEK IN THE RAIN. Thunderboomers almost every day. Sure, it was spring. But these storms were over the top.

In the end, Summer saved my life.

I know. Sounds bizarre.

This is what happened.

Bloated, dark clouds hung low to the ground, but so far no rain.

Lucky break. I'd spent the morning digging up a corpse.

Sound macabre? Just part of the job. I'm a forensic anthropologist. I recover and analyze the dead that present in less than pristine condition--the burned, mummified, mutilated, dismembered, decomposed, and skeletal.

OK. Today's target wasn't actually a corpse. I'd been searching for overlooked body parts.

Short version. Last fall a housewife vanished from her Cabarrus County home in rural North Carolina. A week ago, while I was away on a working vacation in Hawaii, a trucker admitted to strangling the woman and burying her body in a sandpit. Impatient, the local cops had sallied forth with shovels and buckets. They delivered the bones in a Mott's applesauce carton to my employer, the Medical Examiner's Office, in neighboring Mecklenburg County.

Yesterday, my aloha tan still glowing, I'd begun my analysis. A skeletal inventory revealed that the hyoid, the mandible, and all of the upper incisors and canines were missing.

No teeth, no dental ID. No hyoid, no evidence of strangulation. Dr. Tim Larabee, the Mecklenburg County medical examiner, asked me to have a second go at the sandpit.

Correcting screwups usually makes me cranky. Today I was feeling upbeat.

I'd quickly found the missing bits and dispatched them to the MCME facility in Charlotte. I was en route to a shower, a late lunch, and time with my cat.

It was 1:50 p.m. My sweat-soaked tee was pasted to my back. My hair was yanked into a ratty knot. Sand lined my scalp and undies. Nevertheless, I was humming. Al Yankovic, "White & Nerdy." What can I say? I'd watched a YouTube video and the tune lodged in my head.

Wind buffeted my Mazda as I merged onto southbound I-85. Slightly uneasy, I glanced at the sky, then thumbed on NPR.

Terry Gross was finishing an interview with W. S. Merwin, the U.S. poet laureate. Both were indifferent to the conditions outside my car.

Fair enough. The show was produced in Philadelphia, five hundred miles north of Dixie.

Terry launched into a teaser about an upcoming guest. I never caught the name.

Beep! Beep! Beep!

The National Weather Service has issued a severe-weather warning for parts of the North Carolina piedmont, including Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Anson, Stanly, and Union counties. Severe thunderstorms are expected to move through the area within the next hour. Rainfall of one to three inches is anticipated, creating the potential for flash flooding. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Stay tuned to this station for further updates.

Beep! Beep! Beep!

I tightened my grip on the wheel and goosed my speed to seventy-five. Risky in a sixty-five-mile-an-hour zone, but I wanted to reach home before the deluge.

Moments later Terry was interrupted again, this time by a muted whoop-whoop.

My eyes flicked to the radio.

Whoop!

Feeling stupid, I checked the rearview mirror.

A police cruiser was riding my bumper.

Annoyed, I pulled to the shoulder and lowered my window. When the cop approached, I held out my license.

"Dr. Temperance Brennan?"...

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Very good

    I am a voracious reader who enjoys bestsellers, all types of literature and more. This is one of the best books I have ever read

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    Nice new offering from Reichs

    Charlotte, North Carolina is hosting a major NASCAR event. When a body is found lodged in a drum of asphalt at the dump adjacent to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dr. Temperance Brennan is part of the team.

    While working on the case, Tempe is visited by Wayne Gamble, a pit crew member, whose sister disappeared with her boyfriend years earlier. Gamble is worried that the victim could be his sister Cindi or her boyfriend Cale Lovette. At the time of the couple's disappearance, Lovette was involved with the Patriot Posse, a right wing extremist group.

    To complicate matters further, lab reports indicate that the unidentified man in the barrel died of ricin poisoning, a deadly toxin, and an employee of the CDC has gone missing. Suddenly, the FBI is all over the case and has whisked away the body, as well as all the autopsy samples and reports. But this won't stop Tempe, who is working individually with both Charlotte Detective Erskine "Skinny" Slidell and Cotton Galimore, a disgraced former police officer who is now head of security for the Speedway. She's determined to solve both the disappearance of the young couple, as well as determine who was found in the barrel, and how or if the two cases are connected.

    Reichs' has created quite a mix for Tempe in this latest novel. She's been recruited by her ex-husband and his finance to help solve their pre-wedding spats. Currently without a love interest, Tempe finds herself attracted to one of the new people in her life. She's finally letting her hair down a little and spouting expletives, which makes her character more likable and human.

    FLASH AND BONES is a nice new offering from Kathy Reichs that not only provides the reader with a good mystery, but also covers the history of NASCAR. Lynn Kimmerle

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    Loved this book-couldn't stop reading it!!!!

    I am a huge fan of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series and look forward to each new book. This book does not disappoint. Like Ms. Reichs herself, Temperance is a forensic pathologist who works both in NC and in Quebec. This book stays in NC and centers on a body found near a NASCAR racetrack. The story builds on this initial premise and gets more and more intense as it goes on. Temperance finds herself in the middle of feuding cops, the FBI, and her fellow lab staff.



    One of the things I enjoy about this series is all of the information that is woven into the plot. In addition to forensic pathology information, this book has a lot of the NASCAR history written into it. Information on the beginnings of NASCAR, history of the drivers, and even a little on how the present day race world functions.



    The side story of her ex-husband's fiancé Summer needing Temperance's help in planning her wedding adds a touch of humor to the story. It also gives Temperance some great lines full of sarcasm that go over the beleaguered bride's head.



    One of the best parts of this book is the way Ms. Reichs makes her characters so believable whether it's a disgraced former cop or a cranky, humorless coworker. Even the two missing people who we never meet become real to the reader. The ending is not telegraphed earlier in the book and is absolutely believable.



    My only gripe-not enough Ryan, Longtime readers will know what I mean. I can't wait for the next book!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    This is a strong Brennan mystery as Kathy Reichs blends trademark forensics with racing in a fast-paced thriller

    The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts a major NASCAR event, but a corpse found in a barrel of asphalt interrupts Race Week festivities. Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is assigned to make a faster than the speed of light identification of the victim so the remains can be expeditiously removed from the race.

    In 1998 Wayne Gamble's older sister Cindi and her boyfriend Cale Lovette disappeared. She dreamed of becoming a racing car driver while belonged to the Patriot Posse right wing extremists. Wayne believes the victim in the barrel is his sibling. As Brennan works the cold case, the FBI claims jurisdiction, which has Temperance stunned as the Feds had the case a dozen years ago and dropped it abruptly. Meanwhile Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD officer Erskine "Skinny" Slidell and Charlotte Motor Speedway security chief also fog up Brennan's inquiry.

    This is a strong Brennan mystery as Kathy Reichs blends trademark forensics with racing in a fast-paced thriller. Besides law enforcement, CDC is also involved leaving the heroine to wonder if she is dealing with a massive cover-up. Readers will enjoy the latest Brennan tale as she bangs heads with law enforcement while performing what she believes is the proper duty of a county ME.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    Enjoyed it, it was my first by Kathy Reichs

    I didn't know what to expect when I started reading it while on vacation. My wife had just finished it and thought that I may enjoy it because of the Nascar story. I started it on a saturday morning and finished it on monday, was pleasantly surprised at the great flow of the story. Look forward to reading more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Not a Nascar fan

    While I love her novels, I am not a fan of Nascar and I wish the book depended more on plot than just incessantly going over the history of Nascar. As with most of the Charlotte novels, Ryan is barely present, which severely irks me, but the science is up to par and the case is fairly interesting. Not her best, but also not her worst.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Fiekit

    *pushew his sister to the next result*lets goplay in the nursery

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Doesn't disappoint

    I have been hooked since her very first book and this one is no different. Good story that kept me guessing until the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Flash & Bones

    While I usually enjoy her books, this one seems thin on story. I do like how different the books are compared to the show. Maybe the next one will be more to my liking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Just ok

    Not one of my favorite temperance brennan stories. Seemed slow and didn't hold my interest a well as these books can.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

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    Another wonderful trip through the Morgue!

    Dr. Temperance Brennan is at it again...this time inside NASCAR. We are most comfortable in our hometowns. But Dr. Brennan is about to find out more than she ever wanted to know about the world of NASCAR, private militia, personal grudges and old cases. In the style that I so love, we are lead through a maze of facts, bodies, strange poisons, government agencies and strange circumstances. All from the comfort of her hometown!
    I love both the "Book Dr. Brennan" and the "TV Dr. Brennan" but each are very different. The current TV show Bones, is based on this series of books by Kathy Reichs. However, if you are a fan of the show, be prepared for a very different Temperance Brennan. Both are complex and intriguing, but this is not the same character! This was another wonderful glimpse into the life of a medical forensic anthropologist that keeps you reading until the very last page!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Awful

    Worst piece of junk l have read in years..

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Not My Favorite

    Once I start a series, and like it, I read through it voraciously. Once I was able to completely divorce myself from the TV character and align myself with the literary character, I did just that with the entire Temperance Brennan Series. It had been a very long time since I'd read something that wasn't Fantasy/Sci-Fi or Dark Classic Lit. ...and I enjoyed them! I moved on to Maguire, George R.R. Martin and started the Evanovich series when Flash and Bones was released. I excitedly grabbed it while waiting for a series hole to be filled at our Library. I was really disappointed. I know Kathy is right there in Charlotte with a HUGE NASCAR following, but... I don't know. Maybe I already know more about NASCAR than I want. To me, it felt like a lot of NASCAR research with a story thrown in. There were no new developments with the back story. The whole thing felt, stale and forced. I'm sad to say I will probably think twice before picking up the next.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Earlier Books were much better

    her earlier books were much better than the last two and this one was better than the last two but not that great either sorry I really look forward to the bones books but not to much anymore. this was a bit on the boring side, really wanted to like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    To flash writer

    OMG GET SPIKE IN HERE WITH RARITY AD MAKE TWI WITH BIG MAKITOSH

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    must read

    love how Kathy Reichs keeps the reader coming back for more. I've got 16 of the series and can hardly wait till I get the rest of them on my NOOK. I tend to stay up too late reading and then it is hard to get up in the morning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Flash - Chapter Four

    Meanwhile, Twilight, Apple, amd Rainbow were continuing their s ex party. Then, the door bell rang. Twi removed her horn from Rain's pus sy and answered it. Rarity stood there. "Hi, l'm bored, and l was hoping you weren't busy." "App, Rain, and l are have a party, but you're welcome to join us- if you particiate in the games." "Thank you!" Rari replied. She followed Twi into the living room. Her eyes widened when she saw App's hoove and leg inside Rain's pus sy. "Actually..." she said as she started backing towards the door. "Oh no. You said you're bored, so we're gonna help that." Rari reluctantly agreed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Intelligent and entertaining

    Though not "into" Nascar or the like, I found this book as hard to put down as all of Reichs' books. Very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    !!

    As always...great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Everything I have come to expect from a Kathy Reichs novel

    Everything I have come to expect from a Kathy Reichs novel

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