BONES OF THE LOST
Dr. Temperance Brennan spends a lot of time on the road, but she really gets her frequent-flyer miles in this book. Set mainly in Charlotte, N.C., the action takes an interesting turn as Tempe is sent to Afghanistan on a case. Reichs cuts Tempe no slack as almost all the relationships in her life are hitting critical mass. The ugly world of trafficking is on display and dragging Tempe into its dark underbelly.
The body of a teenage girl is found along a lonely highway and after inspection, Tempe realizes it is murder. Finding the girl’s identity is going to be tough and the police assume she is an illegal immigrant who turned to prostitution. The only odd finding is the ID card of a prominent local businessman who died in a fire months before. Then Tempe’s almost ex-husband Pete arranges for her to go to Afghanistan to inspect several bodies as part of a court-martial. What makes the long trip bearable is seeing their daughter, Katie, who is also in Afghanistan. Trafficking of antiquities and humans comes to a deadly intersection and Tempe must unravel the connections. (SCRIBNER, Sep., 336 pp., $26.99)