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Grave Secrets - Kathy Reichs
Grave Secrets
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It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No... show more
It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are "the disappeared."Forensic anthropologist for the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, Tempe is in Guatemala for a month's service to help some families identify and bury their dead. She digs in a cold, damp pit where she finds a hair clip, a fragment of cloth, a tiny sneaker. Her trowel touches something hard: the hip of a child no more than two years old. It's heartbreaking work. Something savage happened here twenty years ago. The violence continues today. The team is packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. Two colleagues are under attack. Shots ring out, and Tempe listens in horror to a woman's screams. Then there is silence. Dead silence.With this new violence, everything changes, both for the team and for Tempe, who's asked by the Guatemalan police for her expertise on another case. Four privileged young women have vanished from Guatemala City in recent months. One is the Canadian ambassador's daughter. Some remains have turned up in a septic tank, and Tempe unfortunately knows septic tanks. Teaming with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolome Galiano, and with Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who may have more than just professional reasons to join her on the case, Tempe soon finds herself in a dangerous web that stretches far beyond Guatemala's borders. The stakes are huge. As power, money, greed, and science converge, Tempe must make life-altering choices.From cutting-edge science in the lab, where Tempe studies fetal bones and cat hair DNA, to a chilling en-counter in a lonely morgue, "Grave Secrets" is powerful, page-turning entertainment from a crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780684859736 (0684859734)
ASIN: 684859734
Publisher: Heinemann
Pages no: 317
Edition language: English
Series: Temperance Brennan (#5)
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Mystereity
Mystereity rated it
3.0 Grave Secrets
Having read the first 4 books in this series, I've already consigned myself of two things; 1 - Brennen will become involved in a case that outside of her purview and 2 - she will have a TSTL moment at the end and that a handsome guy will trot in to save the day. So, putting those 2 things aside, t...
Wandering through fiction
Wandering through fiction rated it
3.0 Grave Secrets
Ooops. I've read these out of order - there's not been any major plot points from the last book revealed which is just as well.Set mainly in Guatemala this was an interesting look at the more traditional aspect of a forensic anthropologist.
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 Grave Secrets
Bones abound but some of them may lead to a living person...
Retiredbear
Retiredbear rated it
3.0 Grave Secrets
I really thought this was going to be a great read. It started off with the requisites for a great mystery of the Mayan culture. Alas, it spiraled down into a convoluted tale of cover-up by corrupt political leaders. Can you imagine - political corruption in a South American suffering from high c...
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b00k r3vi3ws rated it
4.0 Grave Secrets
Couple of years back while flicking through the TV Channels, I stopped at one particular spot thinking that the channel had started airing the TV show ‘Angel’ again since on the screen was David Boreanaz. Pretty soon I was hooked and when the commercial break came up, I discovered that the show call...
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