Another of my favorite mature genre writers has a new suspense yarn in print. This time, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is drawn into a cold case that suddenly grows red hot – a serial child killer, out of a nightmare past, appears to be back in action. Tempe finds herself at the center of a vortex, trying to outthink a deadly psychopath, run interference between battling feds and cops, and coax her old flame Detective Andrew Ryan out of a depressive funk. Oh, and did I mention that her mother is dying of cancer?
Fortunately, Tempe is up to the challenges, fueled by her creator’s fast-paced writing and encyclopedic knowledge of matters medical and forensic. Although the large cast of characters places some demands on the reader’s attention and memory, the novel picks up speed and rockets to a dramatic and satisfying climax. Not to mention a great big surprise at the very end, which I wouldn’t dream of spoiling for Reichs’s many fans.