When a nine-year-old girl named Emily Ann Toussaint is gunned down on her way to school during an ongoing biker war, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan joins the task force assigned to stop the biker gangs in Montreal.

Tempes first job for the task force is uncovering the hidden graves of two long-buried victims of biker executions. Tempe finds the graves and something elsethe skull and leg bones of a teenage girl. Who was she and why is only part of her body buried at this former biker hangout?

Then Tempes lover, Det. Andrew Ryan, is accused of drug dealing and kicked off the force. To add to her problems, Tempes 19-year-old nephew Kit is visiting, and hes fascinated by motorcyclesmaking him a prime candidate for getting sucked into the violent biker subculture.

With her real-life expertise in forensic techniques, Reichs imbues her novels with graphic realism. The dark world of outlaw motorcycle gangs makes for chilling and fascinating reading. Patricia Cornwell fans, this ones for you! (Aug., 332 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith