Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs
(Scribner, 2013, 324 pages)
I remember enjoying a forensic investigation novel by Kathy Reichs. I was glad to see this new release at my public library. Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, has written 10+ books for the Brennan series. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who examines human remains and assists with police investigations.
Bones of the Lost has three plot lines, which was somewhat irritating at the beginning as I was trying to keep up with various characters and their roles in each event. It started with the hit and run death of a young unidentified girl in Charlotte, NC. The medical examiner’s office was short-staffed, so Brennan was asked to help out with the case. The death didn’t look right to her or detective Slidell. Shortly after this, Brennan was assigned to examine the remains of dog mummies related to an antiquities smuggling case. The “import” business is owned by a Desert Storm veteran. As if that’s not enough, she’s been recruited by the US military to help solve a case involving a soldier who fired on civilians in Afghanistan. Brennan traveled to the war zone and oversaw the exhumation and examination of two villagers. A good portion of the book covers Brennan’s time in Afghanistan, which I found fascinating. Slowly, the multi-layered themes came together with a surprising ending. The connection seemed a bit forced and coincidental. A decent mystery book to read if you don’t mind some gory details.