Friday, July 11, 2014

Bones Never Lie-Kathy Reichs

Bones Never Lie
Kathy Reichs
Bantam, Sep 23 2014, $27.00
ISBN: 9780345544018

Though fighting a bad cold, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan arrives at the Charlotte-Meckenberg Law Enforcement Center for a meeting with Cold Case Unit Chief Honor Barrow.  Also attending are Vermont Detective Umpie Rodas, homicide cop Skinny Slidell and NC SBI Agent Beau Tinker.  Rodas explains the known cold case details death of tweener Nellie Gower and the similar information he found in the FBI Violent Criminal Apprehension Program re the death of eleven years old Lizzie Nance in Charlotte.  The New England cop also says DNA found on Nellie matched that of Canadian serial killer Anique Pomerleau.  Stunned Bones thinks she has a second chance to nab the monster who got away when she worked in Montreal.  Slidell brings in the working case file of missing thirteen years old Michelle Leal who shares the same traits as the dead victims.

Bones wonders if Pomerleau found where she lives so came to town for a new round of taunting killings.  As the clock ticks away for Shelley, Barrow asks Bones to find quickly missing Detective Andrew Ryan who worked the original case with her; as he may bring a different perspective to the hunt for this diabolical psychopath.

The latest Bones forensics police procedural is a fresh investigation into finding a female serial killer before the apparent next victim dies; ironically the storyline will remind readers of Criminal Minds.  Besides suffering from a cold that humanizes Bones, the obsessed protagonist thrives on a second opportunity to end her adversary’s reign of terror, but she prays it is before Shelley and other girls die.

Harriet Klausner

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