Bones Of The Lost
by Kathy Reichs (William Heinemann) at www.amazon.com
It will come as no surprise to fans of Kathy Reichs’ considerable back catalogue that this – her 16th novel about forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan – begins with the finding of some bones.
Reichs’s winning formula is a cheery mix of forensic anthropology and fast-paced action, where the aforementioned Brennan – perhaps crime fiction’s second-best-known heroine after Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta – unravels a cold case while putting herself in some mortal peril.
Predictability aside (this isn’t a book for the literati), Bones of the Lost is as gritty and pacy as her fans have come to expect. The discovery of a teenage girl’s body launches an investigation that leads into the murky world of international crime, dragging Brennan and her loved ones into trouble while teaching the reader a little something about the world of forensics.
Much like TV’s CSI, Reichs specialises in thrillers for those who like a pinch of science with their gore. Her writing is the literary equivalent of a barista-made coffee: providing an easy quickening of heart rate without too much effort on the reader’s part.