There are several reasons to discuss the 19th Temperance Brennan novel, A Conspiracy of Bones. First, author Kathy Reichs will discuss it in a virtual event on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00-6:00 PM MST. Kathy Reichs will be in conversation with Barbara Peters via Facebook Live. Tune in to watch it in real time, or catch it anytime thereafter. It will also be added to the Poisoned Pen’s Youtube Channel. You can order signed copies of A Conspiracy of Bones, and copies of Reichs’ other books, through the Web Store. https://bit.ly/2Ur6QRh
The second reason to discuss the book? Marilyn Stasio reviews it in her current column in The New York Times. You can check out her review here. https://nyti.ms/3beGj0k
And, here’s the actual reason to discuss A Conspiracy of Bones; the book itself.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with a new riveting novel featuring her vastly popular character forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her cell phone number.
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…