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Grave Secrets

A Novel

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It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are "the disappeared."

Forensic anthropologist for the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, Tempe is in Guatemala for a month's service to help some families identify and bury their dead. She digs in a cold, damp pit where she finds a hair clip, a fragment of cloth, a tiny sneaker. Her trowel touches something hard: the hip of a child no more than two years old.

It's heartbreaking work. Something savage happened here twenty years ago. The violence continues today. The team is packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. Two colleagues are under attack. Shots ring out, and Tempe listens in horror to a woman's screams. Then there is silence. Dead silence.

With this new violence, everything changes, both for the team and for Tempe, who's asked by the Guatemalan police for her expertise on another case. Four privileged young women have vanished from Guatemala City in recent months. One is the Canadian ambassador's daughter. Some remains have turned up in a septic tank, and Tempe unfortunately knows septic tanks.

Teaming with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolomé Galiano, and with Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, who may have more than just professional reasons to join her on the case, Tempe soon finds herself in a dangerous web that stretches far beyond Guatemala's borders. The stakes are huge. As power, money, greed, and science converge, Tempe must make life-altering choices.

From cutting-edge science in the lab, where Tempe studies fetal bones and cat hair DNA, to a chilling en-counter in a lonely morgue, Grave Secrets is powerful, page-turning entertainment from a crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose.

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Kathy Reichs
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Anne Rivers SiddonsIf there is anyone as good at the forensic thriller, I don't know who it is. Kathy Reichs's science is cold and elegant, and her characters are warm and complex. The result is irresistible.
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Kopierschutz Ja i
Seitenzahl 336 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 09.07.2002
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780743244886
Verlag Simon + Schuster
Dateigröße 1587 KB
Verkaufsrang 52.690
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Gripping read
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As do often Kathy Reichs covers a very serious issue in this book not just a gripping and great crime story. Grave stories also covers the topic of mass murder by the government in Guatemala and their efforts of a cover up. At the same time Kathy Reichs once... As do often Kathy Reichs covers a very serious issue in this book not just a gripping and great crime story. Grave stories also covers the topic of mass murder by the government in Guatemala and their efforts of a cover up. At the same time Kathy Reichs once again provides us with an amazing story of crime, horror, love and a near death encounter for Tempe Brennan. Great read!