Suspense in the Form of Bones - Dark Streets
Author Kathy Reichs is no stranger to fans of the Fox television series “Bones” – the show is based on her life, on the character of Temperance Brennan that she created back in 1997. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
It’s no surprise that Temperance (Tempe) is such a close parallel to her creator, although there are differences in personality a good portion of the novels are based on real life science, and Reichs is nothing if not fastidious to detail. To quote: “Everything I describe in Déjà Dead, I actually did”. In another novel, Grave Secrets, she called upon her experiences from a visit to Guatemala. And experience in forensics is one thing Reichs has plenty of: She is one of eighty-eight forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Her busy schedule, in addition to being a producer of Bones, involves speaking engagements throughout the world.
Although the Fox series Bones is inspired by Reich’s life, there are in actuality many differences. The main character is Temperance Brennan, and she is a forensic anthropologist; however, television Tempe does her work at the Smithsonian, appears to be much younger and socially awkward; is childless (or at least was – but fictional Tempe has a teenage daughter, whereas tv Tempe has a baby girl). TV Tempe came off a bit promiscuous at first, until finally “settling down” with FBI agent and partner Seely Booth; Fiction Tempe has an ex-husband, and her suitor, Ryan, is a Canadian detective. There are few tie-ins between the TV series and the books, but one thing is consistent: the suspense is top-notch.
Reichs combines suspense with science in all of her novels, beginning with 1997’s Déjà Dead right up to 2011’s Flash and Bones. August 2012 saw the debut of yet another Temperance Brennan novel, Bones are Forever.
Although it isn’t necessary to read the books in order, as with any series, it’s better if you do- so to that end, here’s a complete listing of the Temperance Brennan books in order. Reichs is also the author of two YA novels, Virals and Seizure.
Déjà Dead, Death Du Jour, Deadly Decisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Morning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones are Forever - Blurbs and Purchase Links
About Kathy Reichs:
Kathy Reichs, like her fictional creation, Temperance Brennan, is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She is Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is one of only fifty-six forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Deja Dead, her debut novel, brought her fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. In 2007 Break No Bones was short- listed for the Ellis Award for Best Novel. Kathy Reichs is the inspiration for the television drama Bones; her latest novel featuring Temperance Brennan is Devil Bones. Her newest release, 206 Bones, is due out in the summer of 2009
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