Kathy Reichs, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author and producer of the FOX televison hit "Bones, "is at her brilliant best in a riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan--a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.
A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.
In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?
Heading up the investigation is Tempe's old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman's trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.
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I still enjoyed this book, but after reading some of the reviews, I have to somewhat agree with them. I am not a fan of the TV show "Bones". I find it affected and the character that plays Tempe is not likeable and not believable. And I have noticed since that show has been on TV, the novels are suffering somewhat. I think Ms. Reich changed her writing style to be more like a screen writer than a novel writer, and the two are very different indeed. Most television scripts are written for an average Grade 9 age group and maturity. That is how they get the most people interested to watch. Novels are not like that and nor should they be. We expect detailed character development, a sophisticsted plot and superior writing skills. We used to get that with Tempe Brennan books. Now, maybe not so much. Even so, I did enjoy the book because of the superior forensic details and I loved the setting. I have lived near Edmonton Alberta for many years so it was wonderful to see it portrayed so well in this book. We also got a close look at Yellowknife NWT and that was interesting as well. And I didn't mind the information on gold and diamond mining, I always find I learn things when I read a Kathy Reichs book. I didn't care for the ending as it seemed rushed and contrived, but the rest of the book was acceptable. I will continue to read this series, and continue not to watch "Bones".