Cross Bones

Cross Bones

Book - 2005
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A gripping and explosive new thriller from internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs, featuring Temperance Brennan and Detective Andrew Ryan on the trail of a modern murder and an ancient biblical mystery...
When an Orthodox Jewish man is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her it is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, and one that could lead to the rewriting of two thousand years of religious history.
As Tempe investigates, she learns that the stranger's picture shows bones uncovered during an archaeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that just might have been a front for the trading of black market antiquities. Along with Detective Andrew Ryan and biblical archaeologist Jake Drum, Tempe travels to Israel to probe the origins of the skeleton and the ancient crypt in which it was found. Together they make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ's death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ's last resting place? Are the bones in the ancient ossuary the last remnants of James, the brother of Jesus, as the inscription claims? Or has someone concocted an elaborate hoax?
Using her skills as a forensic scientist, Tempe plunges into the most controversial case of her career. The stakes have never been higher -- the more she learns, the greater the danger. And though Ryan is sexier and more engaging than ever, he may not be able to protect Tempe in this place where there seem to be so many foes.
Cross Bones, with its lightning pace, intricately plotted story, riveting and state-of-the-art forensic detail, is Kathy Reichs's most compelling and dramatic novel yet.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2005.
ISBN: 9780743233484
0743233484
Branch Call Number: REICHS K
Characteristics: vi, 353 pages : map ; 25 cm.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jul 15, 2016

Not one of my favorites of hers. Lots of Jewish historical stuff to wade through, hard to keep my focus.

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VentdeVie
May 29, 2015

Historical work of fiction with redundant hypothesis; I would have sliced pages off. I had lost my interest by the end, when the action picked up...

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lpreston214
Oct 17, 2013

This one was ok but dragged on a bit for me. I have no interest in religion so maybe that's why. Some plot elements turned out to be absolutely unrelated to the central mystery which I find strange. Probably could skip this one and not lose anything in the overall story arc.

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mrr5745
Jun 04, 2013

I couldn't put this one down! Kathy Reichs ability to integrate historical religious stories with modern day science makes Dan Brown look like an ameatur!!! Be prepared to find yourself losing track of time once you dive into this one!

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Brooke24
Jan 11, 2012

Brooke24 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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