Spider Bones

Spider Bones

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan investigates the death of a man who appears to have died while engaged in a bizarre sexual act and who was originally declared dead four decades earlier.

Simon and Schuster
Kathy Reichs—#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—returns with the thirteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan.


John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?


Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery’s grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis—to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military’s Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how “ex” is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery’s dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies—all identified as Lowery.


And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu’s flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?


A complex and riveting tale of deceit and murder unfolds in this, the thirteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones now in its fifth season and in full syndication—and her most recent novel, 206 Bones, an instant New York Times bestseller—Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.


Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439112793
Branch Call Number: Fiction Rei
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 25 cm


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Sep 14, 2015

Really could not get into this one. It went into too much nebulous historical and anatomical detail. As another reader said, I just didn't care. Too many dead characters and various body parts to keep track of. Her books are usually better than this. Won't try again for a while.

Nov 21, 2013

The living characters I had no trouble keeping track of, but when it came to the dead ones I was a bit confused. The twists and turns seemed a little more predictable in this book, but I still love the lady.

LibraryChatters Nov 22, 2012

For anyone who just can't get into the Kathy Reichs series I have to say that I didn't like her Temperance Brennan books when I picked up the first one a few years ago. Now I'm hooked. So maybe try again later.

violetgriffin Nov 02, 2012

My first go at a Kathy Reichs book. Not impressed - the writing is flat and kind of obvious. I was getting bored and put the book down for a few days, then tried picking it up again, but by then I couldn't keep track of all the details, and simply didn't care about it enough to finish reading it. But, I really love the "Bones" TV series - which she doesn't write!

Jul 27, 2012

i really enjoyed this, and found the twists and turns interesting

Jun 19, 2012

In this book Kathy Reichs deals with servicemen and women who are MIA and details how their remains are processed to find out who they are and give their families closure. That said she weaves a good tale involving a new notion of a Chimera who can hold DNA which differs from the norm.

Sunny39 Apr 05, 2012

good. now want to read other books by kathy reichs, and esp her series abot dr. whats-her-name

Frances3213 Jan 02, 2012

I really enjoyed this entry in Reichs' series. Her previous novel I found very "preachy" and obvious. This one was nothing like that. I found the information about the ongoing search for soldiers who are M.I.A. very interesting, and the storyline absorbing. Of course it didn't hurt that the story takes place in Hawaii, one of my favourite places! It did make for a nice change from the usual locations of Quebec or the Carolinas. Would definitely recommend this one both to loyal readers and to new ones.

A word of warning: for those to this series, the Tempe Brennan in the books is NOT the same as the Tempe Brennan in the Fox TV show "Bones".

Dec 29, 2011

Really enjoyed this book. Adventure, suspense, mystery & romance. If you've ever been to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, you'll love this book even more.

Dec 24, 2011

An interesting read; but at times it is hard to follow all the intricacies and all the names introduced. One needs to read Kathy Reich’s books in perhaps five days or less not over a three week period where you may lose track of all the directions her books take you. Senior Doctor-at Bass! D. A.

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