Death Du Jour

Death Du Jour

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Baker & Taylor
Dr. Temperance Brennan must draw on all her forensic skills as she investigates a series of seemingly unrelated events, beginning with horrifying deaths in a Quebec fire and some startling discoveries in distant North Carolina and ranging to the ultimate showdown in Montreal. 300,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate.
The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise. Who were these people? What brought them to this gruesome fate? And where are the children?
Homicide Detective Andrew Ryan, with whom Tempe has a combustive history, joins her in the arson investigation. From the fire scene they are drawn into the worlds of an enigmatic and controversial sociologist, a mysterious commune, and a primate colony on a Carolina island. Tempe is overwhelmed by the case, confused by her mounting attraction to Ryan, and plagued by worries about her sister Harry's search for spiritual awakening.

Baker
& Taylor

Dr. Temperance Brennan must draw on all her forensic skills as she investigates a series of seemingly unrelated events, beginning with horrifying deaths in a Quebec fire and some startling discoveries in distant North Carolina and ranging to the ultimateshowdown in Montreal

Simon and Schuster
Rarely has a first-time novelist made such a spectacular international publishing debut as Kathy Reichs did with her acclaimed forensic thriller Déjà Dead. A New York Times bestseller, a number one bestseller in both Canada and Britain, and winner of the prestigious Ellis Award for Best First Novel of 1997, it was also a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, with foreign rights sold to nineteen countries. Now, in Death du Jour, the author who lives the life she writes about extends her reach while still building on the rich ensemble cast, page-turning suspense, and cutting-edge forensic detail that made Déjà Dead an international sensation. Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Élisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate. The puzzle surrounding Sister Élisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise. Who were these people? What brought them to this gruesome fate? And where are the children? Homicide Detective Andrew Ryan, with whom Tempe has a combustive history, joins her in the arson investigation. From the fire scene they are drawn into the worlds of an enigmatic and controversial sociologist, a mysterious commune, and a primate colony on a Carolina island. Tempe is overwhelmed by the case, confused by her mounting attraction to Ryan, and plagued by worries about her sister Harry's search for spiritual awakening. Featuring the kind of forensic detail that only Kathy Reichs can provide -- from skeletal reconstruction to insect analysis -- Death du Jour takes the reader on a riveting journey from the morgue to the lab to the crime scene, from the warmth of a barrier island to the frigid cold of a deadly ice storm. With this poignant and powerful work, Kathy Reichs confirms her status as a brilliant new crime-writing star.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1999.
ISBN: 9780684841182
0684841185
Branch Call Number: M REI
Characteristics: 379 p. ; 25 cm.

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Dreamstime
Feb 02, 2017

Second book in the series is so much better than Deja Dead, her first. Get's complicated as multiple threads of murders begin to cascade. Hard to follow at times especially since I read in 30-45 minute bursts. Temperance Brennan has to perform quite the juggling act, often at the edge (or perhaps slightly over) of having a hysterical nervous breakdown. I think a little medication might have helped. A long book but worth the time.

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lpreston214
Sep 18, 2013

Another good book (#2) in this series. The only thing I can say I don't like so much is the sometimes overly long descriptions of the science but I know Kathy Reichs is dedicated to getting the science right. However, sometimes it's so obviously for the reader. Tempe asks questions I gotta think she already knows the answer to. Oh well. I like these books a lot so far. So many readers on Goodreads are upset or bothered that the books are not like the TV series (Bones, which is loosely based on these books), but I have not seen, nor intend to see the series and so am not bothered by that. Just be warned if you like Bones, you might not like the books as much because the characters/setting etc. are different.

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ilovewhippets
Sep 10, 2013

A very good author! Lots of intrigue in her stories.. She, often, has several stories going at the same time.. I recommend her books..

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mrr5745
Jun 04, 2013

A little bit of a let down after the first book, but still far above average! Kathy Reichs always keeps me on the edge of my seat!

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dixiedog
Feb 03, 2012

This is book two for Kathy Reich. I have read about 10 of her books. While this book started out as very interesting, I was very disappointed with the last 20 pages where she lost me. The finish was simply not up to her standards. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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Bella189
Apr 02, 2011

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Atinman
Feb 25, 2010

Kathy Reichs has a way of turning a phrase that makes you chuckle even as you're reading of a murder scene. She keeps you turning the page. She has a formula that works but sometimes the formula gets in the way. Her character Tempe Brennan is a smart woman who seems to make stupid decisions just so the plot can move forward. That is a minor complaint though. An enjoyable, quick read.

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kaijene
Aug 26, 2017

But if any of these psycho charlatans get off the bus in my town, the reckoning will be swift and certain.

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