BOOK REVIEW: Temperance Brennan Seeks Serial Killer on Home Turf in 'Bones Never Lie'

Reviewed by David M. Kinchen

As the old saying  -- true or not -- goes, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But Dr. Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthropologist protagonist in Kathy Reichs' "Bones" series discovers in "Bones Never Lie" (Bantam Books, 336 pages, $27.00) that what happens in Canada doesn't stay north of the border.

Tempe wonders why she's unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit: The M.O. of two child murders in Vermont and North Carolina fits that of Anique Pomerleau, who kidnapped and murdered several girls in Canada -- then eluding capture.

BOOK REVIEW: Temperance Brennan Seeks Serial Killer on Home Turf in 'Bones Never Lie'


It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and her sometime lover Quebec police detective Andrew Ryan.  Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath. But first, she has to retrieve Ryan, who's fled to a beach bum existence in Costa Rica after the death of his daughter.

As everybody who has read a "Bones" novel knows, Tempe Brennan divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Canada, where she is a forensic consultant for the Quebec police.

The twists and turns count in "Bones Never Lie" exceeds that of most of the "Bones" novels I've read, including "Bones Are Forever". For my Sept.  5, 2012 review of "Bones are Forever", click:


Kathy Reichs
Kathy Reichs

About the author

Kathy Reichs, like her fictional creation, Temperance Brennan, is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She is Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is one of only fifty-six forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Deja Dead, her debut novel, brought her fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

For my April 26, 2014 review of her Y.A. novel, "Exposure," written with her son, Brendan Reichs, click:

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