While teaching a class for an archeology field school in South Carolina, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan comes across some bones that are not from the ancient Sewee tribe.

They belong to a male Caucasian and have been buried in the last five years. When Tempe learns that her good friend Emma Rousseau, the local coroner, is ill, she steps in and helps identify the bones.

Tempe's investigation gets intertwined with a separate inquiry started by her estranged husband, Pete, who's looking for the missing daughter of a televangelist. Emotionally complicating matters is the arrival of Tempe's current love interest, Canadian homicide detective Andrew Ryan. Tempe suspects that she's uncovering the tip of a dark and dirty iceberg.

Fact can be stranger than fiction, and through her outstanding and gritty series, Reichs gives readers fascinating, if disturbing, fictionalized looks at cases she's been involved in. Tempe is brilliant and flawed, and her thought processes are always intriguing. This is another chillingly good chapter of the series. Fans can also check out a version of the Tempe character on the Fox TV series Bones. (Jul., 352 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith