Examining a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. But puzzling damage on the body of a shooting victim, an Orthodox Jewish man, suggests this is no ordinary Montreal murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed at an archaeological site, Tempe uncovers chilling ties between the dead man and secrets long buried in the dust of Israel. Traveling there with Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe plunges into an international mystery as old as Jesus, and centered on the controversial discovery of Christ's tomb. Has a mastermind lured her into an elaborate hoax? If not, Tempe may be on the brink of rewriting two thousand years of history -- if she can survive the foes dead set on burying her.
Kathy Reichs really knows her stuff. While I’m a big fan of the television show “Bones”, I’m a bigger fan of Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan books. Temperance is a top notch forensic anthropologist who splits her time between her home teaching at a college in North Carolina and working for the medical examiner in Montreal, Quebec. Unlike the Temperance in the show, the book Temperance is more relatable. She’s at the middle to far end of her forties with a divorce and a daughter in college. She is witty, sexy, and very, very smart.
This book is one of the smartest in the series thus far. Tempie is handed a picture after an autopsy of a deceased Jewish man, and it sets a crazy adventure in motion. She has no idea what this picture means, but she is gung-ho to find out.
When the line of evidence leads her to Israel, Tempie and Agent Andrew Ryan are on the case. Fighting through rough archaeological sites, religious zealots who are determined to make sure Tempie doesn’t take anything from their country, and a murderer on the loose, they have their work cut out for them.
Kathy Reichs write an intelligent, beautiful, twisty-and-turny mystery that always keeps the readers on their toes. She uses the perfect combination of science, anthropology, romance, and story to keep everyone in love with her characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery, anyone who likes “Bones”, and anyone who is in need of a wonderful series to pick up.