Fatal Voyage

Fatal Voyage

Book - 2001
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KATHY REICHS, whom Ann Rule calls "in a class by herself," burst onto the publishing scene with Déjà Dead, the international bestseller of which P. D. James wrote: "The strength of her novel is in the insight it gives into the scientific procedures of a murder investigation." Now, with her dazzling new forensic thriller Fatal Voyage, Reichs applies her cutting-edge scientific know-how to the probe of a heartbreaking commercial airliner crash. Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North Carolina, taking with it eighty-eight passengers and crew. As a forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team, Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and identification. Tempe has seen death many times, working with the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, but never has tragedy struck with such devastation. She finds a field of carnage: torsos in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases and smoldering debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team. Is Tempe's daughter, Katy, among them? Frantic with worry, Tempe joins colleagues from the FBI, the NTSB, and other agencies to search for explanations. Was the plane brought down by a bomb, an insurance plot, a political assassination, or simple mechanical failure? And what about the prisoner on the plane who was being extradited to Canada? Did someone want him silenced forever? Even more puzzling for Tempe is a disembodied foot found near the debris field. Tempe's microscopic analysis suggests it could not have belonged to any passenger. Whose foot is it, and where is the rest of the body? And what about the disturbing evidence Tempe discovers in the soil outside a remote mountain enclave? What secrets lie hidden there, and why are certain people eager to stop Tempe's investigation? Is she learning too much? Coming too close? With help from Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who has his own sad reason for being at the crash, and from a very special dog named Boyd, Tempe calls upon deep reserves of courage and upon her forensic skill to uncover a shocking, multilayered tale of deceit and depravity. Written with the riveting authenticity that only world-class forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs can provide, Fatal Voyage pairs witty, elegant prose with pulse-pounding storytelling in a tour de force worthy of crime writing's new superstar.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2001
Description: 363 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780684859729
Branch Call Number: Reic


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Sep 10, 2020

A very good story. My only comment is that the cast of characters became very long and it was hard to recall who was who at times. Maybe making a list of the characters while reading would help.

Dec 03, 2019

I actually read the paper back which my sister lent me. I still prefer to read a good novel by laying on the couch and holding an actual book in my hands. I gave this book a 3.5 stars. I did not believe it earned a 4 star rating but I would have given it a 3.75 rating. I found the author at times uses way to many adjectives to give a deep description of a situation. When those times happened I found my mind wondering and thinking of other things where I had to take a break from reading as I would loose focus. But still after taking the break I found myself wanting to get back to the book and read more. Overall I found the novel to be a good read.

A surfeit of unnecessary characters and unsatisfactory plot braiding. And the protagonist is fixated on panties, what brand she buys; when she is washing them and what she is wearing under her housecoat. For a professional this anthropologist has a very fragile emotional life.

Sep 27, 2013

This is the first book of this series I've read and I liked it very much. I've read the Patricia Cornwell, Kay Scarpetta books but I like Tempe Brennan better as a character. She's a bit prickly but seems to be more human than Kay. I like the scrapes she gets into. Though the subject is "dead" serious of course, my only complaint would be they could use a bit more humor.

Sep 26, 2013

I enjoyed this book a lot. I give it 4 stars because it touched on topics that make me queasy. Reichs has an amazing ability of writing suspense novels, and somehow makes them fresh and new each time.

Jul 07, 2012

Tempe Brennan is called in to investigate a plane crash. While investigating the crash she finds a foot and can't figure out to whom it belongs. She is accused of misconduct and must defend her reputation against these charges. An interesting story.

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Jan 21, 2010

Fast moving good momentum. A real page turner with lots of funny moments.

Aug 26, 2008

Dark, not for the faint of heart, graphic opening, loved it!


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Feb 14, 2019

Overall this book was really good. It had a fun and interesting plot. I am a big fan of the Bones series and was surprised how different the book is to the tv show. When doctor Brennan finds they foot that did not match with the rest I was expecting her to just find the murder quickly but I was taking back by how much time was put in by the author to make this book a exciting roller coaster. I really think this book should be on your must read list for mysteries book fans.

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