Spider Bones (Temperance Brennan Series #13)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones KATHY REICHS ensnares Dr. Temperance Brennan in a chilling puzzle of death and identity—in this superb addition to her “fascinating” (Entertainment Weekly ) forensic series.

One man, two deaths—four decades apart. This story can’t stay buried forever.

Shocking discovers await Tempe at the scene of a Quebec drowning: the victim—identified as one John Lowery—was ...

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones KATHY REICHS ensnares Dr. Temperance Brennan in a chilling puzzle of death and identity—in this superb addition to her “fascinating” (Entertainment Weekly ) forensic series.

One man, two deaths—four decades apart. This story can’t stay buried forever.

Shocking discovers await Tempe at the scene of a Quebec drowning: the victim—identified as one John Lowery—was engaged in a bizarre sexual practice when he died; the same John Lowery was an American soldier declared dead in 1968, after a Huey crash in Vietnam. Who then, Tempe sets off to find out, is buried in the vet’s North Carolina grave? Exhuming the remains and having them analyzed at a military compound in Hawaii gets complicated when Tempe’s ex, Detective Andrew Ryan, appears, and a Honolulu ME consults with her on a lethal shark attack—or is it a more sinister predator? Then Lowery’s dog tags turn up linked to yet another corpse, and Tempe must deconstruct a deadly deception that spans years, continents, and too many tragic losses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476726403
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Series: Temperance Brennan Series , #13
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 231,424
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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. Reichs’s first book, Déjà Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her latest Temperance Brennan novel, Bones Are Forever, was an instant New York Times bestseller. Her website is KathyReichs.com.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2010

    Slow read

    Even though I think Kathy Reichs is a good author, she sometimes
    goes into too much detail. I find myself skimming through parts
    of the book because of the medical terms she uses that no layman
    can understand. Not necessary for a good story.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    Thought it was a great Tempe Brennan book...

    I thought this was one of the better Tempe Brennan books. I found the plot to be original and intriguing. While some of the previous reviewers found the forensic "jargon" to be irritating, I quite enjoyed it. One of my favorite things about Kathy Reichs is that she explains the techniques and processes of what she does in a way that lay people can understand.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this book, and thought they were well developed. I enjoyed learning more about Lily as she is spoken of frequently in other books, but the reader never really gets to "meet" her. Morever, I enjoyed a book that took Brennan out of the usual Charlotte/Montreal atmosphere.

    In the end, it was a great read that held my attention and gave me some excitement and thrill. It was a page turner that I didn't want to put down. Reichs also gets you a little at the end. She's not usually into "cliff hangers," but she gets a little one in on this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    Not so thrilling

    Its fun to read a familiar character, and this book has that going for it. The plot is interesting too--a "Who's in the Casket?" kind of thing. It's too bad that the plot gets bogged down in technical jargon describing the agencies that search and recover MIAs. As usual, Tempe is in danger when she gets too close, but even the danger scenes are tepid at best. It was an okay, quick read--but not as much fun as her earlier works.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    Solid Forensic Anthropology

    How can one man be dead in three different places spanning four decades? The investigation takes Tempe from Montreal to Hawaii to delve into the past surrounding the remains. I really feel like Kathy Reichs has returned to her forensic roots with this one. True, it's not as much of a thriller as some of her books, but I didn't mind at all. I found her last novel, 206 Bones, almost a little too sensational.

    There is lots of personal drama going on for both Tempe and Ryan, who are trying to help their respective daughters deal with their own sagas, while balancing work and avoiding the elephant in the room also known as their personal lives. While the main case isn't pressing, I found it engrossing ~so much so that the secondary case seemed to encroach on and detract from the story a little. It is, however, realistic that a visiting forensic anthropologist would be consulted and be working on more than one case at a time. I think I was also feeling Tempe's frustration with the second intrusive case.

    Some of the criticism of this book deals with her topic, JPAC, and I don't think it's deserved. Yes, Reichs goes into detail and explains thoroughly. It's one of the things I love about her writing. But if you're at all familiar with Reichs' writing, you know that she tends to pick a subject and use it as a base for which to write her mysteries around. Sometimes it's one I find fascinating, like Devil Bones, other times it's one that fails to capture me, like Bones to Ash, but what it really comes down to is personal taste. One thing to be sure of is that Reichs never sacrifices the integrity of the investigation or the science. So even when it's not a topic of my interest, I know that the story surrounding it will be concrete.

    If you haven't read the rest of the series, some of the personal interactions may seem like filler, but it is an intricate advance in the overall story arch. I must say I wish there had been a little more movement for Tempe along the romantic front, but again, that's me being invested in her as a character.

    This is a solid addition to the Temperance Brennan series... and now I must go back to waiting hungrily for the next installment.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    One of Her Best!

    Enjoyed the story line and learning about identifying Viet Nam vets. Hard one to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2010

    Please no advertisements as reviews

    It is very annoying to see adds when you are interested in reading a book review. B&N needs to control this.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Did not finish the book

    Can not remember the last time I gave up on a book. Just could not finish this one. Loved all of the previous Bones too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Another good one from Reichs

    I have loved every Kathy Reichs books and this one was no exception. I know others complain cause of the science but she does a good job explaining most of it. The storyline in this one was also very good and served as a good highlight of how many of our fallen soldeirs still remain unidentfied and how investigators are changing that.
    Untill All Are Home

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2010

    Not Bad - But Not the Best

    The mystery was interesting and held the story somewhat together. The end seemed rushed with new characters being added just to solve the case in the last 30 pages. There was no continuation of the story arc of Dr. Brennan's relationship with Ryan. The manufactured sub-plot of their daughters was distracting and you never really felt connected to them or felt that they served a purpose other than distracting Brennan and Ryan from moving forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Love this book

    Def a must read... I have read many of her books and I like them all and this is his much I love them. I'm going to start in order and read all the way through. Easy to follow and so athentic and you feel as though you are right with her helping her.


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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    WOW!! a must read.

    this one will keep you on your toes from start to finish. almost need a map to follow whos who but, Brennan gets it done in the end. I loved it.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    ok...a quick read

    This book was just okay. I ready it quickly, but found I was really hoping for more. I went immediately from #12 in the series to this one in order to find out more information on the Detective Ryan and Dr. Brennan romance....I was disappointed. I sort of picked up where the last book left off, but seemed sort of disconnected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Well...

    I love her books, but this one was kind of hard to stay into. With all the possible Spider scenarios, I kind of got lost... but I LOVE that Ryan is so prevalent in this one! I hate it when he's barely mentioned. CAN HE AND TEMPE GET BACK TOGETHER ALREADY THE TENSION IS KIIIIILLING ME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    !!

    Always look forward to the tempe books!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Deputy den

    Deputy den

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Good read

    Spider bones was the first i read in this series. It holds a special place in my heart as my brother is in the army. I love the medical jargon and the pace of the books i never want to stop reading.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Recommed this to anyone who likes sicance and dramma

    i loved this book and all of the ones that came before it. Kathy Reichs is one of the best authers that i have read. i read the whole series and was hooked the entire time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    loved it!

    Reichs is a wonderful writer. Sometimes she gets caught up in too much
    Information, although sometimes i find that information interesting it tends
    To make me skip along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended-you must check this out.

    This is classic Kathy Reichs. Temperance Brennan is ready for love, but is love ready for her? A love triangle could have been in the making, but not in the cards. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Just ok

    Im a big fan of the series, however, lately find myself skipping over 60% of the content. A little too much technical jargon and overly descriptive...also, it seems the main character has an enemy everywhere she works because she is constantly pointing out their incompetence....the character is starting to come off more and more pompous in each book.

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