The Bone Chamber (Sydney Fitzpatrick Series #2)

The Bone Chamber (Sydney Fitzpatrick Series #2)

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by Robin Burcell
     
 

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Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, forensic artist to the FBI, returns to Quantico to help identify a brutally murdered young woman. But when Sydney’s friend and colleague, the forensic anthropologist who assisted her, is killed in a hit-and-run, a covert government team takes over the investigation, and Sydney is suddenly removed from the case. Certain her

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Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick, forensic artist to the FBI, returns to Quantico to help identify a brutally murdered young woman. But when Sydney’s friend and colleague, the forensic anthropologist who assisted her, is killed in a hit-and-run, a covert government team takes over the investigation, and Sydney is suddenly removed from the case. Certain her friend’s murder is connected to the first case, Sydney investigates. She discovers that the first victim was not only an archeological student, but also the daughter of the ambassador to the Holy See. Just before she was killed, the ambassador’s daughter claimed to have found one of three keys that just might lead to a map of the long lost Templar treasure. Sydney’s search for answers takes her to the streets of Rome, and into the underground crypts and caverns in Naples, one step ahead of a ruthless killer. Time is running out for Sydney as a fellow government agent is kidnapped. And the ransom demanded? The Templar map.

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"Conspiracy buffs will enjoy this...saga, which gains authenticity from Burcell's FBI training"     —Kirkus Reviews

"Burcell has created a masterwork of historical intrigue and cutting-edge forensic science. Suspenseful, shocking, and lightning-paced!"       —James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

"Burcell's second novel offers plenty of action...variations on the Freemason conspiracy theory and a good deal of underground scrambling, Indiana Jones-style."  —Publisher's Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Burcell's second novel to feature FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick (after 2008's Face of a Killer) offers plenty of action, if not the freshest ideas. After Fitzpatrick helps identify the faceless corpse of a young woman as the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Fitzpatrick decides to follow mysterious, predictably gruff covert government agent Zach Griffin to Rome. There they search for a “third key,” alluded to by a forensic anthropologist friend and colleague recently killed in a hit-and-run accident. Fitzpatrick and Griffin believe the key will lead them to a map, buried in the crypts of Rome or Naples, that may be connected to bioterrorism and a very bad guy named Carlo Adami. All this excitement takes them through standard variations on the Freemason conspiracy theory and a good deal of underground scrambling, Indiana Jones–style. It's all fun, if somewhat clichéd, and a little burdened by Fitzpatrick's many moments of brooding and indecision. (Dec.)
Library Journal
FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick (Face of a Killer) gets caught up in a case involving a Black Ops group, a couple of murders, a frenzied hunt for a Templar treasure map, and terrorists armed with a biological weapon capable of biblical destruction. VERDICT Burcell, who writes outstanding police procedurals featuring Kate Gillespie, has strayed from her comfort zone in writing a Da Vinci Code imitation, but this is sure to entertain those Dan Brown fans who are at the bottom of the reserve list for The Lost Symbol. [Harper mass-market edition previewed in Prepub Mystery, LJ 9/1/09.]

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590583753
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Sydney Fitzpatrick Series, #2
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
1,499,901
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

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