Little Tiny Teeth (Gideon Oliver Series #14)

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From the Edgar® Award winning author of Uneasy Relations. Starring Professor Gideon Oliver... "a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth." (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

Sailing the Amazon with a group of botanists, 'Skeleton Detective' Gideon Oliver is on his dream vacation. But it turns nightmarish when fierce head-hunters narrowly miss killing the group leader, then a deranged passenger kills a botanist and flees. Long-past enmities and resentments-and new ones as well-might explain ...

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From the Edgar® Award winning author of Uneasy Relations. Starring Professor Gideon Oliver... "a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth." (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

Sailing the Amazon with a group of botanists, 'Skeleton Detective' Gideon Oliver is on his dream vacation. But it turns nightmarish when fierce head-hunters narrowly miss killing the group leader, then a deranged passenger kills a botanist and flees. Long-past enmities and resentments-and new ones as well-might explain things. And when a fresh skeleton turns up in the river, Gideon is sure that, in this jungle full of predators, humans may be the deadliest of all.

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Forensics anthropologist Gideon Oliver's compelling 14th adventure (after 2006's Unnatural Selection) involves a hot, humid and decidedly deadly expedition up the Amazon River with his friends Phil Boyajian, who heads a budget travel agency, and FBI agent John Lau. While Phil rates the boat's amenities, Gideon and John marvel at the natural wonders. But before long, they pick up on tension among the other passengers, who include world-famous ethnobotanist Arden Scofield and two of his colleagues-a ghostwriter and a bug researcher-plus a mysterious guide known only as Cisco. As the travelers go deep into the jungle, fearful of the rarely seen Chayacuro headhunters, Gideon and his pals find themselves in the middle of a decades-old blood feud, along with drug smuggling, greed and murder. Edgar-winner Elkins delivers fascinating descriptions of the Amazon and a satisfying denouement, courtesy of Gideon's characteristically astute analysis of human remains. (June)

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For forensics professor Gideon Oliver, on an Amazon riverboat expedition in his 13th case, humans may prove to be more dangerous than a jungle full of predators. From Edgar Award winner Elkins (Unnatural Selection). Elkins lives in Washington. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver steams down the Amazon and into intrigue, violence and unbearable humidity. Thirty years after Arden Scofield abandoned his two grad-school friends to the poisoned darts of Peru's Chayacuro tribe and scrambled off with the rubber-tree seeds that would make his fortune, Professor Scofield is sitting pretty. He's a highly regarded ethnobotanist, a nationally known author and a perennial leader of research expeditions in the Amazon basin. His companions on this trip include his junior colleague Maggie Gray, his hapless student Tim Loeffler, his ghostwriter Mel Pulaski, Department of Agriculture ethnoentomologist Duayne V. Osterhout and a trio of nonprofessional passengers: raffish tour guide Phil Boyajian and his friends John Lau of the FBI and Gideon Oliver, the "Skeleton Detective" (Unnatural Selection, 2006, etc.). Unbeknownst to Gideon, he and his buddies aren't the only unofficial cargo; Scofield has bribed Capt. Vargas to smuggle a large quantity of coca paste in the coffee beans. Except for the oppressive weather, some huge bugs that delight Osterhout and disgust everyone else, not to mention the odd spear tossed through a window, all goes well, if sluggishly, until Gideon's wakened by a splash in the night and finds two of his shipmates missing and a third thrashing in the river. Are the perps avenging local tribesmen, territorial drug lords or someone closer to home?More dank travelogue than mystery, though Gideon manages a nice display of erudite deduction toward the end.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425222508
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Gideon Oliver Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 703,740
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Elkins

Aaron Elkins is the author of the Edgar Award-winning Gideon Oliver mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

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    Little Tiny Teeth by AAron Elkins is an outstanding mystery that had me eagerly turning the pages as fast as I could! The characters are believable and the dialogue moves along smoothly. Terrific Book!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining crime caper

    The three friends (forensics anthropologist Gideon Oliver, travel agent Phil Boyajian and FBI agent John Lau) are on vacation traveling on the ship Adelita complements of Amazonia Cruise Lines. Also on board the ship are a bunch of research botanists studying life on the Amazon. Whereas Phil considers the trip¿s potential for his customers, Gideon enjoys the habitat and John ¿analyzes¿ the other passengers. However, Gideon and Phil also quickly realizes how tense an isolated trio is as famous ethnobotanist Arden Scofield seems to be arguing vehemently with his companions.----------------- The fascinating vacation abruptly ends when another traveler kills a botanist before diving into the river. Soon afterward a skeleton floats by as piranhas had quite a recent feast. Gideon and John know that there is more to these deaths than meets the eye, but neither they or Phil realize how much danger they are in although they are aware that drug smugglers use these isolated waters and nearby, in concealment, are the deadly Chayacuro headhunters. However, the real danger comes from a feud decades old in which neither side allows witnesses to survive the human predators that stalk the jungle.------------- The atmosphere grips the audience as the trip on the Amazon deeper into the jungle is filled with foreboding and thick suspense (kind of mindful of the Amazon Queen). Thus the reader knows from the moment that this is no longer Iowa that this will not be a pleasant journey for anyone on board. Fans of deep suspense thrillers will want to trek along with Professor Gideon as the ¿skeleton detective¿ has his toughest case, not becoming fish bait.------------- Harriet Klausner

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