A Conspiracy of Bones opening lines: Reactions to pressure vary. Some people are ductile, able to stretch. Others are brittle, powerless to bend.
Tempe has been sent a photograph of a dead person. She is not sure who has sent it but she is well aware the new M.E. wants her to have nothing to do with it. But Tempe cannot shake the feeling that she is somehow connected to this body. And she will go to great lengths to discover how. Even if it could result in her own death.
A Conspiracy of Bones
It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.
An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.
To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?
With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.
But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…
I have read most of Kathy Reich’s novels and found this one to be OK – not the best read by far. But maybe because I just could not get into the conspiracy theories. If you read the Temperance Brennan novels then carry on with this one.
|Simon & Schuster