Where There's a Will (Gideon Oliver Series #12)

Where There's a Will (Gideon Oliver Series #12)

by Aaron Elkins

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Edgar® Award–winning author Aaron Elkins’s creation—forensics professor Gideon Oliver—has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth.” Now the celebrated Skeleton Detective unearths a wealthy family’s darkest secrets…

Alex Torkelsson has just gotten word: his late uncle Magnus’s plane has been found south of Hawaii’s Big Island after ten long years. So too have Magnus’s few skeletal remains, now handed over to the only man who can fit together the pieces of this mystery...

What forensic detective Gideon Oliver discovers could shake the Torkelsson family tree to its very roots. But this time his work is yielding more questions about the past than answers. Questions about the long-ago execution-style murder of Magnus’s brother...about a mysterious will that benefits—as well as incriminates—its heirs...and most disturbing of all: questions as to the true identity of the corpse in the lagoon. As lie upon lie is revealed, Gideon’s only hope is to let the bones of the dead condemn the living—before the living take revenge.

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ISBN-13: 9780786278190
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Series: Gideon Oliver Series , #12
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 415
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Aaron Elkins is the author of the Edgar® Award-winning Gideon Oliver mysteries. He also co-authors the Alix London mysteries and the Lee Ofsted golf mysteries with his wife, Charlotte.

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Where There's a Will (Gideon Oliver Series #12) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Solid Skeleton Detective story. I had read it before, but not recently - I recognized each bit as it happened, and started figuring out the answers as soon as the first few clues showed up rather than waiting until it was fully explained (like, I knew who was in the plane. And when Gideon read the thing in the autopsy report, I remembered about the gun. And when the captain showed up, I knew who he was - but didn't remember about the leg until just before he showed that. And so on). I didn't remember who the murderer was, though, until Gideon had the brainwave at the memorial. Nice characterization - Gideon, Julie, and John were solidly drawn, as were the various secondary characters - no cardboard here, even though several of the family were expressed mainly as cliches. They were very _solid_ cliches, with their own quirks filling them out. Good story - not a favorite, but interesting and well-done, both the writing and the mystery. And some lovely twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written
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An entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall this is a great forensic science book. This is the first book i have read by Aaron Elkins. I liked how descirptive the beginning was of the characters and the setting, it was very useful for my project. I liked how the investigator, Gideon, used what he had to recreate what he needed to solve the murder of Magnus Torkelsson. I was also surprised to find out that there was not one, but two murders. I would recomend this book to those who enjoy forensic science and are interested in anthropology. I hope i have caught you attention and attracted you to this book without giving away too much.
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
Bloodied and half alive, Magnus Torkelsson flees the lush island of Hawaii in a small plane. Unfortunately, he and his young pilot overshoot their remote island refuge and go down somewhere in the vast Pacific Ocean. Seven years pass and Magnus is at last declared legally dead. His huge holdings are divided among his family, making them very wealthy and all is apparently as it should be. Then somebody locates the small plane. Gideon Oliver, a forensic detective, kindly offers his services to the Torkelsson family, but he uncovers more questions than answers. They locate the body of the pilot and Uncle Magnus¿ boot in the plane, with his skeletal foot still lodged inside. Where is the rest of him? A horrible family tragedy comes to light, the apparent murder of Magnus¿ brother, Torkel. As a result of an accident, Torkel only had three toes on one foot and had easily been identified among the charred remains of a barn. When why did the skeletal foot recovered from the small plane hundreds of miles away also have just three toes? The nieces and nephews are becoming more and more nervous and every Torkelsson family meeting seems to generate another elaborate story, another set of lies to tell the police. Sergeant Fukida of the local police reopens the Torkelsson case and begins to interview those involved. Even Dagmar Torkelsson, Magnus¿ and Torkel¿s elderly sister, seems to have had enough and contemplates coming clean with the entire story. To keep her mouth shut, someone kills her. What horrible secret is so important that it is worth committing murder many times over? The questions and bodies are mounting. If Gideon doesn¿t watch out, he may very well become a part of the tragedy, too. I had never read one of Mr. Elkins¿ novels before, but I found his writing style delightful. His characters have grit. His descriptions are so realistic that I could almost feel the salty spray of the sea upon my cheeks and envision the lush, tropical island paradise stretched out before me. Mr. Elkins weaves a mean tale of intrigue and danger and I would pick up and read another one of his books in a second.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1994, wealthy Magnus Torkelsson is fleeing for his life trying to reach remote Tarabao Island in the Hawaiian chain. However, the bad weather hinders visibility and soon the small plane runs out of gas. Magnus and his pilot Texas transplant Claudia crash into the sea.--- A decade later, divers in a lagoon 400 miles off the Big island of Hawaii find a plane with two skeletons inside. At the same time Magnus¿ family learn that his remains have been found, University of Washington at Port Angeles Physical Anthropology Professor Gideon Oliver has attended an anthropology forensics conference and is heading to the ranch of his best friend FBI Agent John Lau. John asks Gideon to look at the evidence, but soon the mainlander begins to unravel a family filled with lies and avarice in which not only was Magnus killed by at least one heir, but his sibling may have been a murder victim too.--- Aaron Elkins provides a fabulous 'A' quality level forensic investigative tale in which the author freshens up the actions of his champion Gideon by temporarily relocating him to Hawaii and not always the main islands. Fans not only see up front the Hawaiian archipelago, but also are engrossed in a mystery that at first does not seem like a homicide, but more an accident. Readers will enjoy this first rate who-done-it as the cast and the locale make for a fine tropical mystery.--- Harriet Klausner