|FICTION / General
|FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
|FICTION / Thrillers / General
|FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
|Simon & Schuster
|9.00in x 6.00in
|From The Publisher*
|#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her twentieth gripping novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, whose examinations, fifteen years apart, of unidentified bodies washed up from the sea may be connected to a deadly new pestilence.
A storm has hit South Carolina, dredging up crimes of the past.
En route to Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan receives a call from the Charleston coroner. During the storm, a medical waste container has washed up on the beach. Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire. Chillingly, Tempe recognizes many details as identical to those of an unsolved case she handled in Quebec fifteen years earlier. With a growing sense of foreboding, she flies to Montreal to gather evidence and convince her boss Pierre LaManch to reopen the cold case. She also seeks the advice-and comfort-of her longtime beau Andrew Ryan.
Meanwhile, a storm of a different type gathers force in South Carolina. The citizens of Charleston are struck by capnocytophaga, a bacterium that, at its worst, can eat human flesh. Thousands panic and test themselves for a rare genetic mutation that may have rendered them vulnerable.
Shockingly, Tempe eventually deduces not only that the victims in both grisly murder cases are related, but that the murders and the disease outbreak also have a common cause.
|Praise for A Conspiracy of Bones
|"A page-turner from a masterful crime writer."
- The Globe and Mail
|"A crime fiction dynasty of rare richness and enormous popularity."
- Montreal Gazette
|"This is Kathy Reichs as maybe you've never read her before. The story starts like a pistol shot and fires nonstop through over three hundred layered pages. The twists are meticulously planned and thrown like bamboozling curves on the edge of the plate. But you will see new layers to the brilliant Tempe Brennan that may surprise you. Read this book. It was created by a master of the genre who knocks it out of the park."
- DAVID BALDACCI, bestselling author of One Good Deed and Redemption
|"[A] plot loaded with delicious forensic stuff."
- Toronto Star
|"Nobody writes a more imaginative thriller than Kathy Reichs or crafts a better sentence. Her latest forensic investigation, A Conspiracy of Bones, rivets with its non-stop pursuit of some of the vilest villains ever."
- CLIVE CUSSLER, bestselling author of Night Probe and Sahara
|"Sinister and chilling. In Tempe Brennan's riveting return to the investigative trail, she suddenly finds herself caught in a tangled web. Who can she trust? Maybe not even herself. Bones is back and better than ever."
- LISA GARDNER, bestselling author of Never Tell, Look for Me, and Right Behind You
|Praise for Kathy Reichs
|"Kathy Reichs writes smart-no, make that brilliant-mysteries that are as realistic as non-fiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher, or Alex Cross."
- JAMES PATTERSON, bestselling author of the Alex Cross series