Kathy Reichs burst onto the fiction scene in the late 1990s with her first novel, Déjà Dead, a thriller rooted in an expert knowledge of science and medicine and powered by a strong female protagonist, Temperance Brennan. Since then, Reichs has been a regular feature on bestseller lists and is often mentioned in the same breath as the chief of the autopsy whodunit, Patricia Cornwell.
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Also Known As:
Kathleen J. Reichs (full name)
Charlotte, North Carolina and Montreal, Québec
Place of Birth:
Undergraduate degree, American University; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997
|Reichs's Reading Recommendtions|
|The Case That Inspired Her First Book|
|In an interview with HBO.com, Reichs detailed the case she helped solve just before starting Déjà Dead:|
"That was the case of Serge Archambault. He had killed two women. Following the second one, he used her bankcard. The police were eventually able to track down the transaction and arrested him. He had admitted to having killed a third victim two years earlier and cut her body up and buried it in five locations. So that's the case I came into. I helped with the identity in that case and also the way he had done the dismemberment. It was quite unique and showed a lot of skill going directly into the joints. I was able to say you're looking for someone who knows something about anatomy - an orthopedic surgeon or butcher. And it turned out he was a butcher."
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