The Dark Place (Gideon Oliver Series #2)

The Dark Place (Gideon Oliver Series #2)

by Aaron Elkins


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Gideon Oliver earns his moniker “The Skeleton Detective” in this riveting entry to the Edgar Award–winning mystery series “that never disappoints” ( The Philadelphia Inquirer )
Deep in the primeval rainforest of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, the skeletal remains of a murdered man are discovered. And a strange, unsettling tale begins to unfold, for forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver determines that the murder weapon was a primitive bone spear of a type not seen for the last ten thousand years. And whoever—or whatever—hurled it did so with seemingly superhuman force. Bigfoot “sightings” immediately crop up, but Gideon is not buying them.

But something is continuing to kill people, and Gideon, helped by forest ranger Julie Tendler and FBI special agent John Lau, plunges into the dark heart of an unexplored wilderness to uncover the bizarre, astonishing explanation.
Fans of authors Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen and television shows like Bones will be fascinated by Aaron Elkins’s award-winning landmark forensic detective series.

The Dark Place is the 2nd book in the Gideon Oliver Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497642928
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Series: Gideon Oliver Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 315,408
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aaron Elkins is a former anthropologist and professor who has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982. His major continuing series features forensic anthropologist‑detective Gideon Oliver, “the Skeleton Detective.” There are fifteen published titles to date in the series. The Gideon Oliver books have been (roughly) translated into a major ABC‑TV series and have been selections of the Book‑of‑the‑Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. His work has been published in a dozen languages.

 Mr. Elkins won the 1988 Edgar Award for best mystery of the year for  Old Bones , the fourth book in the Gideon Oliver Series. He and his cowriter and wife, Charlotte, also won an Agatha Award, and he has also won a Nero Wolfe Award. Mr. Elkins lives on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with Charlotte.

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"He not only makes one thing how interesting it would be an anthropologist, he almost persuades one that a certain amount of fun could be had out of being a skeleton."

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Dark Place (Book Two in the Gideon Oliver Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished this one, and though it's different than what I usually read, I really liked it. It's got a lot of forensic type detective work as the renowned Gideon Oliver, the "Skeleton Detective" works out the evidence at hand. Uncovering a bizarre and unimagined series of events leading to a surprising discovery. He's the original Bones, only I find him more easy to relate to because he's more human and has a sense of humor. It's almost charming when he goes off talking about bones, anthropology and details. The book had me right up till the end, which I did not see coming. I think I'll be checking out the other books in this series now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the second novel THE DARK PLACE even better than the first. I love the way his physical anthropology, what I think of probably incorrectly as forensic science, leads to clues !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the forensics and detective work that showed how it was done at the original publication date of 1985. He characters were believable. Love scenes done tastefully. Profanity held at a minimum and used according to the emotional state of the speakers and not for the shock value.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read two Arron Elkins' books several years ago. When I got my NOOK one of the authors that I wanted look up was Elkins. I have now read four Elkins books and intend to read all of his books. Nook is the way to go.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful crime novel from Aaron Elkins, bringing his hero -- forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver -- on stage for the second time. In general, the books in this series are quick and amusing reads, from which you learn a little about forensic anthropology, and a little about whatever locale Elkins has chosen. This book, however, goes a lot further. To say where it goes would give too much away, but the setting (Washington's Olympic National Park) becomes a palpable presence. So does the person who becomes a central character, a truly fascinating individual. I've reread this more than once, and expect to do so again.
ashishg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An anthropological fictional thriller story.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not bad. It's a very sudden passion - particularly after Fellowship of Fear established Gideon as still getting over Nora - but though sudden it's reasonably explained/explored. The mystery is something of a side-story - not the major focus of the book, though it is what moves things forward.
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Up to standard with the other books in the series. I "pre-order" new releases whenever possible because quality is guaranteed.