Wisdom of the Bones

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Christopher Hyde takes us to Dallas in November of 1963, where Homicide Detective Ray Duval is about to collide with history. The President's assassination has sent shockwaves of panic throughout the city. And with six months left to live, Duvall is trying to save one last life before he loses his own.
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Overview

Christopher Hyde takes us to Dallas in November of 1963, where Homicide Detective Ray Duval is about to collide with history. The President's assassination has sent shockwaves of panic throughout the city. And with six months left to live, Duvall is trying to save one last life before he loses his own.
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Based on real child mutilation murders and extensive historical research, Hyde's (The Second Assassin, etc.) grim procedural takes place over the course of five days in November 1963. A killer whose M.O. includes kidnapping, raping, flaying and dissecting his young victims before piecing them back together like puppets, has resurfaced, but his rampage threatens to go unchecked after John Kennedy is assassinated. The only detective on the Dallas police force who isn't preoccupied with the assassination is Ray Duval, who happens to be dying from congestive heart failure. With one week left on the job and a determination to find the deranged killer, Ray digs into the past to solve the present-day murders of a 12-year-old black girl and an antiques dealer, both mutilated and dumped at the local junkyard within days of each other. Flashbacks from Ray's troubled childhood and days as a soldier lend dimension to this straightforward story, but the pace doesn't perk up until another girl goes missing and the clock begins to wind down on Ray's health. While some of the book's macabre elements are cliched (i.e., the flaying of the skin from the victims' bodies and the killer's craving for absolution), Hyde manages to capture the essence of a changing world. (Feb. 4) Forecast: Though the book's patriotic cover art makes it a likely selection for Fourth of July displays, it may receive an additional push in November, which is the 40th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451410658
  • Publisher: Onyx
  • Publication date: 2/4/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    Puzzled

    I an half way through this book and am puzzled. Hyde's hero describes his former love as now being the wife of his brother and mother of his nephew, Leonard. A few pages later, the said former lover tells him she has never been and will never be - a mother! Hopefully there is some twist in the plot that will explain this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    atmospheric thriller inside a powerful police procedural

    In November 1963 in Dallas, homicide detective Ray Duval has received a death sentence from his doctor. In a year or maybe two, if he¿s lucky, he will die of congestive heart failure. The only thing that is important to Ray is his job and he knows that he will never be able to pass the annual physical exam that he is due to take in a week. On November 20th, Ray is called to the scene where a man is found in the city dump, sliced up, skinned, and decapitated and stuffed into an old icebox. He wants to solve this case before he is forced to retire but the victim had many enemies in both his personal and professional life. He gets a lucky break when he stumbles on the fact that over two decades ago, at least twelve children, most of them black died in the same way as the victim of Ray¿s current case. When two more black children disappear in Dallas, Ray is sure that the deaths are all linked together and he intends to solve the case before dying. WISDOM OF THE BONES gives the readers a sense of place during the Kennedy assassination especially with Jack Ruby threaded throughout the story line, being questioned by the protagonist about the case and ignoring his other activities. The who-done-it is well plotted and is solved by good old-fashioned police work that includes a lot of legwork. Christopher Hyde shows his ingenious ability to provide an atmospheric thriller inside a powerful police procedural. Harriet Klausner

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