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Spider bones
Kathy Reichs
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From Publishers' Weekly:

A perplexing death in Quebec occupies Dr. Temperance Brennan in Reichs's fine 13th novel featuring the forensic anthropologist (after 206 Bones). The fingerprints of a man who died during autoerotic asphyxiation indicate that the deceased is John Charles Lowery of North Carolina, but Lowery supposedly died in Vietnam in 1968. Unsurprisingly, Lowery's father is reluctant to allow Brennan to reopen old family wounds, but she's determined to find out who's buried in Lowery's grave if Lowery died in Quebec. Brennan heads to Hawaii to seek the help of an old friend at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), whose mission is to find the remains of American war dead and bring them home. But instead of clarifying matters, Brennan's investigation only raises more questions, including parallel inquiries into a series of shark attacks and escalating island gang violence. Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this tepid series entry (after 206 Bones), forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan finds herself immersed in a bizarre case of mistaken identity. A body is pulled from a small pond near Montreal, the victim of an underwater autoerotic experiment gone awry. Even more troubling is the man's identity: John Charles Lowery was supposed to have died in 1968 after a fiery helicopter crash in Vietnam. But if this man is Lowery, who was buried in his place four decades ago? This latest puzzle will lead Temperance to the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, where her persistent questions will place her life, and those she loves, in mortal danger. VERDICT Despite the lush tropical setting and fascinating premise, this title is too convoluted and contrived to be truly enjoyable. And the once sizzling chemistry between Temperance and Det. Andrew Ryan has vanished, replaced by a tiresome, wisecracking repartee. For extremely loyal Reichs fans only; others new to the series may want to search out her superior earlier titles instead. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/10.]-Makiia Lucier, Moscow, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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