Kathy Reichs is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling novels and the coauthor, with her son, Brendan Reichs, of six novels for young adults. Like the protagonist of her Temperance Brennan series, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist--one of fewer than one hundred and fifteen ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs's own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the Fox network.
Actress Amy Irving's low-key approach fits first novelist Reichs's on-the-edge-of- your-seat thriller (LJ 8/97) perfectly. Montreal forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called upon when seemingly old bones are unearthed. She unwittingly stumbles upon a headless‘and fresh‘corpse. Research into other murders convinces her that a pattern is emerging and perhaps a serial killer is on the loose. Reluctant to agree, the police do not offer much assistance, and Tempy embarks upon detailed and sometimes grisly detective work, which makes her the killer's target. Immediately grabbing the listener's attention, this sophisticated work is stocked with well-developed and believable characters. The frequent French place names and phrases‘handled eloquently by Irving‘add an authentic and exotic flavor. One hopes that this will be just the beginning of a series of Temperance Brennan mysteries.‘Susan McCaffrey, Sturgis Middle Sch., Mich.
Barry Fisher Crime Lab Director, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department [Reichs] combines that intimate understanding of forensic science and death investigation with that unique ability to weave a story which will keep you in a white-knuckled state of terror.