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Number-one New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs’ 20th “brilliant” (Louise Penny) thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, whose examinations of unidentified bodies ignite a terrifying series of events. “This is A-game Reichs, with crisp prose, sharp dialogue, and plenty of suspense” (Booklist).

On the way to hurricane-ravaged Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast, Tempe receives a call from the Charleston coroner. The storm has tossed ashore a medical waste container. Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped in plastic and bound with electrical wire. Tempe recognizes many of the details as identical to those of an unsolved case she handled in Quebec 15 years earlier. With a growing sense of foreboding, she travels to Montreal to gather evidence.

Meanwhile, health authorities in South Carolina become increasingly alarmed as a human flesh-eating contagion spreads. So focused is Tempe on identifying the container victims that, initially, she doesn’t register how their murders and the pestilence may be related. But she does recognize one unsettling fact. Someone is protecting a dark secret - and willing to do anything to keep it hidden.

An absorbing look at the sinister uses to which genetics can be put and featuring a cascade of ever-more-shocking revelations, The Bone Code is “a murder mystery story that races across America at the speed of fright” (James Patterson).

©2021 Temperance Brennan, L.P. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved

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Been Awhile

Does contain some spoilers. It has been a while for a Temperance Brennan novel so I was excited for this book. 90% of the book was great, really held your attention, great storyline that evolved wonderfully. although I will not remember the definitions of all the vaccine and gene info it was presented well and made sense - whether it was accurate the general reader will likely never know, but it sounded good!

2 complaints: Tempe and Ryan are intelligent characters generally way ahead of the game, figuring things out before the reader has even an inkling or at least at the same time - not so much here. Murder, deceit, cover-ups that by a vaccine company and gene therapy company my first thought was they did it. One or more of the victims was going to bust something wide open and got murdered over it - hello DUH, big DUH. Yet Ryan and Tempe are chatting about, bouncing things off each other and yet it takes pages for the light bulbs to be revealed-to them.

Now the worst: Ryan tells Tempe to be careful. Hit and run, finally suspected to be 1 of the 2 from these companies, then She divulges where she lives to the receptionist of the Gene company, then she comes home to Birdie being severely injured, blood trails should have had her on high alert immediately-not did i leave a door open? did Bird try to get out? - Hello someone has broken in to kill the person who is about solve both cases. You hear a noise in the house when no one is supposed to be there and yet she is still not suspecting an intruder, hears the slide of glock-is it the wind - come on Reichs- we all know Tempe is not that stupid. She should have been looking over shoulder way before this.

All in all its a good book but when a scene has you saying 'give me a break ' rather than continuing to listen then there is something wrong.

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oh, so disappointing. least fav, for sure

i was really excited for this new kathy reichs tempe brennan book... but halfway thru it is such a disappointment. the premise is mildly interesting, but it's sitcom-type dialogue and overuse of jargon and technical terms and caricature type characters is too much. not sure if i want to slog thru the rest of the book.
least favorite of all the tempe brennan books.

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Great Tempe book

I thought this book was very interesting considering the current events and DNA research. I like Tempe and Ryan's easy relationship. I'm looking forward to the next Tempe book. I thought Linda Emond did a great narration.

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keeps you hooked

loved it. good characters, good naration, good characters. took till the end to make the connection.

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Great as Usual!

Another well written and performed book.
Filled with information that scares you in this time of pandemic.

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Wonderful way to work all day!

I’m working on our house, and my husband is working from home, so to keep me focused I listen to books. I was so excited to hear Kathy’s latest masterpiece, I binged the whole 9+ hrs while working around the house. The combination of Ms Reich’s words and Linda’s voice is perfectly paired.

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too soon

I get so involved with these books, time flies and too soon they are finished.
the characters are great, so humor is just right and the story line captivating

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Dull

What a pointless book. The ridiculous use of French which did not add to the plot or character development. The weird use of silly phrase instead of cussing followed by cussing. Plus, the need to wrap everything up at the dinner table was the result of a dull disjointed plot. If you have to explain it step-by-step at the end the writer didn’t do a great job throughout. Save your credit.

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Reich's Temperance Brennan Solves Another One

Reich's has written another mystery you can't put down, starring her well adored heroine Temperance Brennan. Bouncing between the Carolinas and Quebec the story moves at a relentless pace and makes genetics research fascinating.

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Another great story from Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs delivers another great story in The Bone Code. We always learn something new in her books and this time it's about the role of genetics in our lives and in business. Some food for thought as well as a couple of mysteries in this one. Linda Emond is a good narrator, particularly for the inner voice of Tempe. She delivers Tempe's wit with aplomb.