Break No Bones

Break No Bones

Book - 2006
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Following the tremendous success of "Cross Bones, "Kathy Reichs explores another high-profile topic in Break No Bones -- a case that lands forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme. Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching a lackluster archaeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, persuades her to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case. The body count begins to climb. An unidentified man is found hanging from a tree deep in the woods. Another corpse shows up in a barrel. There are mysterious nicks on bones in several bodies, and signs of strangulation. Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened. Tempe's love life is also complicated. Ryan, her current flame, has come down to visit her from Montreal, and Pete, her former husband, is investigating the disappearance of a local woman -- and he and Tempe are staying in the same borrowed beach house. Ryan and Pete compete for her attentions, and Tempe finds herself more distracted by her feelings for both men than she expected. "Break No Bones "is a smart, taut thrillerfeaturing the kind of high-stakes crime that makes the headlines every week. Reichs, the inspiration for the hit FOX TV show Bones, is writing at the top of her form, and Tempe has never been more compelling.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743233491
0743233492
Branch Call Number: REICHS K
813.54
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 25 cm.

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miaone
May 05, 2016

I began reading this because of the archaeological part of the plot, and at first it was engrossing. Then it drags on and on, and Brennan's ex-lovers get involved, and that's not nearly as interesting as you might hope. So many characters are thrown in, new ones in every chapter, that keeping track of them is not possible. Nor, after a while, did I want to. Spoiler alert: the solution hangs on an eyelash. But if you read that far you will already have figured out the main parts of the plot and who most of the bad guys are. And, like me, by then you probably won't care.

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VentdeVie
Jan 31, 2014

The suspense is still on! But the end becomes predictable on this one.

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lpreston214
Oct 22, 2013

Very good installment in the series. Several bodies, several cases all lead to one grisly crime ring. Plenty of good stuff in the ongoing personal story for Tempe also, even if it's not going how I would like.

blue_jaguar_257 Aug 03, 2013

shes at it agin

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