Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver Series #8)

Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver Series #8)

by Aaron Elkins


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Edgar Award–winning author: “A cunning plot, a remarkably appealing hero, some uproariously funny dialogue . . . a winning combination.” — Booklist
An ancient skeleton tossed in a garbage dump is the first conundrum to rattle Gideon Oliver when he arrives in Egypt. There to appear in a documentary film, he expects an undemanding week of movie star treatment and a luxurious cruise up the Nile with his wife, Julie. But when Gideon discovers a tantalizing secret in the discarded bones—and violence claims a famous Egyptologist’s life—he is thrust into a spotlight of a different kind. Plying his calipers as the world’s foremost forensic anthropologist, Gideon’s investigation of the goings‑on leads him through the back alleys and bazaars of Cairo and deep into the millennia‑old tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

As the puzzle is painstakingly pieced together, Gideon will find that the identifying traits of a cunning killer are the same now as they were in the time of the pyramids: greed without guilt, lies without conscience . . . and murder without remorse.

Dead Men’s Hearts is the 8th book in the Gideon Oliver Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497642935
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Series: Gideon Oliver Series , #8
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 256,266
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver Series #8) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books in this series are the first forensic novels that I have read. I love how the characters are portrayed. They are drawn with an intellegence that is neither condescending to the reader nor so self aggrandizing that it makes portions of the story line unintelligable. And if you pay attention to the skeletons in the stories you may learn some facts about skeletons and anthropology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does not seem to follow the author's usual style. Much more wordy and plodding in spots. Great deal of description on Egyptoloy,which I normally enjoy, seems extraneous. Felt like I had to slog through many parts. Mystery is almost an afterthought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading Aaron Elkins' books about a decade ago, discovered the author in one of those book sales. Since then, I've always looked out for new books by him. I'm proud to say I have most, if not all, of his books in my coolection. I am now slowly eorking my way through owning the electronic versions.
jrtanworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this to be very slow going until the last forty pages or so. I also didn't find the main characters particularly engaging or believable. so-so.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this one - partly because Gideon screws up at the start and admits it later. Didn't excuse himself either, and he had a good one - he did say given "the fact that we're talking about a Fifth Dynasty Theban"...I remembered who (vaguely) but not why or how. And Gideon acts as somewhat an idiot - action hero - but it's still fun to read.
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ophelia11 More than 1 year ago
A liile humor a little death a lot of character development. Wonderful locale discriptions. Ancient history facts. Elkins has it all. Love his novels. Easy reads but not exactly "cozies". You will be charmed by his characters and will be led to read another page another page before putting down the book for the night. Try one! You will be hooked!
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