Deja Dead

Deja Dead

Book - 1997
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The raves are in -- from Edgar-winning authors and internationally acclaimed forensic experts: Kathy Reichs and Déjà Dead are something special.
Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.
It's June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend.
First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. This is homicide of the worst kind. To begin to find some answers, Tempe must first identify the victim. Who is this person with the reddish hair and a small bone structure?
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1997.
ISBN: 9780684841175
0684841177
Characteristics: 411 pages :,map ;,25 cm.

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Lori2486E
Apr 29, 2019

Thought this series was based more on the tv show Bones and it was not. The only similarities it has are her name and that she's an anthropologist. Took me awhile to get into the book but towards the end, turned into a quick read, overall wasn't bad and am going to continue reading the series.

Agree with Pokano. this should have been written in 3rd person. Dr Brennan has a mercurial temperament. It is annoying that all the male characters are borderline chauvinists. Her relationship wit her immature daughter is marred by poor parental communication that seems to go back to Kate's adolescence. I rolled my eyes through the book but got through to the grisly end. Not a satisfying read overall.

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pokano
Sep 17, 2018

If you're looking for the Temperance Brennan and her colleagues of the TV show, you won't find them here. This Temperance was married once, has an adult child, and is working in Montreal. The first part of the book contains all the flaws of a first time author; things improve in the second half. I think I would have preferred it had the book been written in the third person, rather than the first. At least in this first volume, the author (who was the executive producer of the TV show) didn't seem to be very comfortable writing in the first person, even though she herself was the forensic anthropologist on whom the book and the TV series are based.

CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 18, 2017

Introducing Tempe Brennan, a forensic anthropologist who in can go from a sterile autopsy suite to a crime scene in search of "who dunnit".

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blue_cat_9633
Mar 08, 2017

My favorite book!! I had to buy the rest of the series and watch the TV show. Yes, it was slow at first but i couldn't put it down when it got flowing. Writing this good should not be allowed!

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Dreamstime
Nov 02, 2016

A huge disappointment. A meandering story with distracting segments of llama drama punctuated by graphic forensics and the grisly details of a psychopath's murders of women. Temperance stupidly puts herself in danger several times. I love gritty detective stories, but this one is too much for me. I wanted to wash my eyes out after I finished the book.

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Anneatthelibrary
Dec 11, 2013

Great start to a very interesting series. I like the characters and can get a good visualization of the story as it goes along.

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lpreston214
Sep 13, 2013

Similar to the Patricia Cornwell books but Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist, an expert on bones. In this first book some of her technical stuff gets a little long and boring but I like Tempe better than Kay Scarpetta. Tempe seems more human. We get inside her head and feel her emotions more. Kay Scarpetta always seemed kind of cold to me. Tempe is lonely, angry, terrified. Good first novel for Reichs.

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mrr5745
Jun 04, 2013

Amazing book. Enough to get me hooked on reading all of the "Bones" books, and watching the TV show! It's so rare to find a good mix of accurate medical information combined with an exciting, suspenseful story line. 5+ stars!!!

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Carmine1
Aug 19, 2012

Good suspense, a little hard to get into at first with the medical detail but once the story started flowing it was hard to put down.

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Jul 04, 2017

He does talk about a time he was seven and she caught him jacking off. Granny tied little Leo's wrists to her own and dragged him around for three days.

FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

The first Temperance Brennan novel. Author Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

A forensic anthropologist searches for the truth behind a series of brutal rapes and murders and soon becomes a target herself.

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