Old Bones (Gideon Oliver Series #4)

Old Bones (Gideon Oliver Series #4)

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by Aaron Elkins
     
 

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"The Skeleton Detective" is called to a French isle soon after an aristocrat drowns. But he soon finds that the case is eerily connected to another murder--way back during the Nazi Occupation of World War II France.  See more details below

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"The Skeleton Detective" is called to a French isle soon after an aristocrat drowns. But he soon finds that the case is eerily connected to another murder--way back during the Nazi Occupation of World War II France.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When revered Resistance-hero Guillaume du Rocher drowns in a rushing flood tide off Mont St. Michel, members of the familysummoned by Guillaume on undisclosed urgent businessare already assembled at the domaine du Rocher, where, instead, they hear his will. The next day in the basement, a partial skeleton is uncovered, and Gideon Oliver, American physical anthropologist known as the ``Skeleton Detective,'' is called from his lectures at an international forensics conference to examine the bones. Gideon confirms the remains, determines that they are those of a young man dead almost 50 years, suggesting a connection to local Resistance actions, including one in which Guillaume's brother Alain was executed after Claude Fougeray, a du Rocher cousin and now Guillaume's principal heir, collaborated with the enemy. While Gideon gleans more and more information from the skeleton, Claude is poisoned and Gideon himself is threatened. An intricate plotmore substantial than it promises initiallyis weighed down by a school of weak red herrings, by too much multisyllabic information about bone structure and by characters more caricatured than lifelike. Elkins (The Dark Place and Fellowship of Fear), is better on the muck and sand below the abbey where the action, especially a thrilling final scene, gallops along as fast and compelling as the tide itself. (December 14)
Callendar Newgate
"Great stuff...our hero has but to look at a piece of human bone and, like Sherlock Holmes can tell everything about the person's to whom it belonged. Since he knows more about hominid phylogeny than Sherlock did, he can look at a tribal fragment 113 millimeters long and say, 'this one was nearly 40. And Japanese. And built like a wrestler, say 145 pounds.'" -- New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425207482
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Series:
Gideon Oliver Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.77(d)

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Old Bones (Book Four in the Gideon Oliver series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good old fashioned mystery series with interesting places,characters and without sex and foul language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How did I ever miss these novels in the late 80's when Elkins started writing the Gideon Oliver, skeleton detective?! They're wonderful. Not too heavy on character development or drama, but very interesting on the forensic side of things. The locations are always very interesting, and sometimes there are local trivia tidbits the author throws in that I enjoy. Highly recommended. Start with FELLOWSHIP OF FEAR, then THE DARK PLACE.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Overall, a pretty good book, probably closer to 3.5 stars than 4. It did start off kinda slow. The main character only had like 2 pages of activity in the first 20% of the book. The plot wasn't all that surprising, I was able to figure out the main twists well before climax. The ultimately responsible murderer was a surprise, though not the reason why. The character development was decent and I really liked Gideon, John and Joly. The later scene at Mont St. Michel seemed a little forced, though it's a place I would LOVE to visit. The eBook was formatted reasonably well with no obvious spelling or grammatical errors, though the line spacing was a little odd at times.
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pitypalaty More than 1 year ago
Confusing and convoluted. But at least well written which is more than most of these books.
Brilin More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this mystery, good characters, interesting place, murder! I appreciated the lack of vulgar language! This book made me want to fly to France and help solve the mystery!
micushla More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries which involve modern day sleuths solving crimes which have origins in medieval past. As a Catholic, the Vatican and all the rumored and actual intrigue, I find quite interesting. So much was not taught in parochial grade, high school or college. This book has opened my mind to investigate further Rome, the Vatican, etc. to see what is true & what is fiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ENGAGING PREMISE AND HERO! I read this mystery from beginning to the end and my interest never wavered!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Aaron Elkins! Enjoy his writing style and subject matter.
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slatsdawson More than 1 year ago
Small books that take about a day to read - great for plane rides and travel days.
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