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Deja Dead: A Novel by Kathy Reichs

Deja Dead: A Novel by Kathy Reichs

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Published by Simon and Schuster
The raves are in -- from Edgar-winning authors and internationally acclaimed forensic experts: Kathy Reichs and Déjà Dead are something special.

Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.

It's June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend.

First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with the reddish hair and a small bone structure?
The raves are in -- from Edgar-winning authors and internationally acclaimed forensic experts: Kathy Reichs and Déjà Dead are something special.

Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.

It's June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend.

First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with the reddish hair and a small bone structure?

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Publish date: Sep 2, 1997
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jenj5 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Listened to the audio book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Definitely liked Rosenblat as a narrator more than Bonnie Hurren (who narrated the 2nd book). I find the character of Temperance in these books to be so different from the Bones character but equally engaging. The secondary characters in the books haven't captured me as much so far, but that may develop a little more in future books. I'll probably stick with the series, but for now I need a break to listen to something a little bit lighter. I can only take so much death and dismemberment all in a row!
michelleannlib reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I tried. I really did. I wanted to like this book, but I gave up about half-way through. It was just a little too dense and didn't move fast enough. Not to mention, I seriously missed the quirkiness that is ever-present in the TV show. I plan on picking up the second book to see if it gets any better.
rincey_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This is not the TV show Bones. This is not Dr. Temperance Brennan from the Jeffersonian. No squints [*tear*], no Booth.

That doesn't mean it is a bad book, but if you go into it wanting Bones, you will be disappointed. It starts off kind of slow, but the last half of the book actually goes by pretty quick. Perfect for anyone who loves crime novels.
livelylady reviewed this
Rated 1/5
This is Reichs first book. I have not read anything else to know if she still writes in this way. She has taken a fairly good story and D-R-A-G-G-E-D it out to the point of just wanting to get the story done. It has to do with finding a serial killer. And while her expertise in forensics lends credibility to the book, the detail is extreme and excessive. This may be her only book that I read.
thornton37814 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Bodies of women are showing up in plastic bags around Montreal. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who is examining the bones and first noticed the similarities, even though the police detective in charge thinks she's seeing things that aren't there. She does some really stupid things that put her in danger. This was a bit too gruesome for my tastes in fiction. There were aspects that I did enjoy. I'm undecided as to whether I will read future installments of the series.
elvisettey reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This was my first foray in this series, and I'm not sure who this book is targeted at. People who like hard-core forensic science coupled with damsel in distress scenerios? People who like brainy women who do incredibly stupid things? The ability to live with paradox is a must in reading this book. Can you really believe that the woman who pulls off stunning, inventive forensic breakthroughs (described in excruciating detail) is the same woman who will go on a body-hunt at night . . . alone . . . in the middle of a storm?It was a first novel. Maybe the series gets better. It has the workings for improvement: good setting, characters with potential for improvement (they're interesting enough; if some of their paradoxes and inconsisties could be resolved, then they could grow, and if there could be established a strong supporting cast, that would help all the more-- there's not one yet), interesting legal setup. Needs some editing in the forensics parts; we don't need a whole chapter on photo enlargement. Some forensics is good; we're pushing the threshold here. I haven't seen the TV series and can't compare the book to that.
jim53_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Tempe is only a moderately interesting character, and the mystery is so-so. Pretty good sense of place. The book would be greatly improved by removing 50 to 100 pages of exposition about forensics.
marcush_42 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
First off, I love the television show Bones that finds its inspiration from these books. I also love mysteries. With that said, I didn't love this book. I liked a lot of things about this book, but I finished it feeling like I watched a slow movie that left the resolution for the last ten minutes (or in this case the last 20 pages of the book).Reichs does an amazing job of detailing the science of forensic anthropology throughout this mystery. The story is told from a first person perspective and can drag, at times, through internal arguments Temperance Brennan has with herself over the case she's on, her love life or absence thereof, the Expo's, or what to eat. That first person perspective does allow the science and police work to be clear and relatable to the reader.The mystery at the center of this novel is interesting, however, the lead up to the climax is drawn out and slow. People die, no one knows who, something happens that might be a clue, people die, about 100 pages of various investigative text, people die, more investigation, more investigation, more investigation, they figure something out, climax, the end. Over all I felt like this book resembled an enjoyable weekend drive where the driver gets lost, but in a really nice area, and eventually as they are about to run out of gas, they find their way back make it home just in the nick of time. Again it's good, just a little tedious.
redheadish reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Read this in 2011 after finding 3 of Reichs books at a thrift and buying then reading out of sequence I relized I had to read them all in order! I just love Kathy Reichs books! I have never read so many books in so little time all 13 in 5 months time. I know that is nothing for some people but for me its amazing. This is the start of the whole infatuation with Reichs series and still waiting for the next book in Aug 2011.
bookappeal reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Reichs uses her knowledge of forensic anthropology and anatomy to great extent in this grisly tale of a serial killer preying on young women in Quebec. Temperance Brennan is a capable and tenacious American woman working temporarily in Canada. When a dismembered body buried in a plastic trash bag reminds her of a previous case, she butts heads with local law enforcement as she tries to convince them with forensic evidence that they may be dealing with a serial killer. But Tempe is also a former alcoholic struggling to cope with the emotional impact of encountering pure evil when more bodies are found. Detailed and graphic; slow-moving but carefully plotted and compelling.

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