"Bare Bones" by Kathy Reichs
(from the inside flap)
It's a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Tmperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing. A newborn's charred remains turn up in a wood stove. A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are burned beyond recognition. And what is the mysterious black substance covering the bodies? Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab. With help from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and terrifying case that comes at the worst possible moment. Daughter Katy has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have something to hide. And important personal decisions face Tempe. Is it time for emotional commitment? Will she have the chance to find out? Everything must wait on the bones. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone' s following her and Katy. That someone must be stopped before ti's too late.
MY THOUGHTS: This is the first book from Kathy Reichs that I have read. I've seen the T.V. program based on these books, Bones. I really like the show! I also really liked this book. It was a definite edge of the seat book. I couldn't seem to put it down for very long. Dr. Brennen and Ryan are planning on a romantic get-a-way. But they are stopped when the bones start showing up. First a baby, then hands and feet, then a headless body. The plane crash confuses Dr. Brennen. As she works through the clues she thinks they are all connected. The bones of the baby leads to Tyree, a small time drug dealer. Which leads to a big time drug dealer who branches off into exporting animal parts. Which leads to Dr. Brennen getting threatening email. As the clues come together Dr. Brennen is sure she knows the connection, but she just can't get the clue as to who is the top connection. Can't tell anything else without spoiling the ending so I'll end here.