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A gripping and explosive thriller from internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs, featuring Temperance Brennan and Detective Andrew Ryan on the trail of a modern murder and an ancient biblical mystery.

Examining a badly decomposed corpse is de rigueur for forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. But when an Orthodox Jewish man is shot in Montreal and Tempe is called to the scene, she discovers puzzling damage on the body that suggests it was no ordinary murder. When a stranger slips Tempe a photograph of a skeleton unearthed at an archaeological site, she soon uncovers chilling ties between the dead man and secrets long buried in the dust of Israel.

With Detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe plunges into an international mystery as old as Jesus that centres on the supposed discovery of Christ’s tomb. But each breakthrough raises more radical questions, and the stakes mount ever higher. Has a mastermind lured Tempe into an elaborate hoax? Or is there some truth in the swirling controversy? If so, Tempe may be on the brink of rewriting two thousand years of history—if she can survive the foes dead set on burying her first.

Photograph © Marie-Reine Mattera

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead, published in 1997, won the Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was an international bestseller.  Cold, Cold Bones is Kathy’s twenty-first entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of Fox Television’s longest running scripted drama, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels. One of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Kathy divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Québec. Visit her at KathyReichs.com or follow her on Twitter @KathyReichs.

“Kathy Reichs writes smart—no, make that brilliant—mysteries that are as realistic as non-fiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher, or Alex Cross.”

– James Patterson

“Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She’s the real deal.”

– David Baldacci

“Kathy Reichs continues to be one of the most distinctive and talented writers in the genre. Her legion of readers worldwide will agree with me when I declare that the more books she writes, the more enthusiastic fans she’ll garner.”

– Sandra Brown

“This is a more personal Brennan novel than many in the series; it boasts an excellent story, but its real appeal is in the continuing evolution of the relationship between Tempe and Andrew, who have seen more than their fair share of emotional and professional turmoil over the years … A fine entry in a long-running series.”

– Booklist, on Bones Never Lie

“Each book in Kathy Reichs’s fantastic Temperance Brennan series is better than the last. They’re filled with riveting twists and turns—and no matter how many books she writes, I just can’t get enough!”

– Lisa Scottoline

“I love Kathy Reichs—always scary, always suspenseful, and I always learn something.”

– Lee Child

“Reichs knows how to put all [of her] exotic experience into a novel … Quebec’s own Southern gal give[s] Cornwell a run for the money.”

– The Globe and Mail

“Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story.”

– Publishers Weekly

“I love a good mystery and have been fascinated by forensic science long before starting work on the show Bones. So I am a big fan of Kathy’s books. I love the character of Temperance Brennan, her strong spirit and intelligence, and the humor in the book series.”

– Emily Deschanel, star of Bones

“Reichs is a standout … [with] a formidable way of incorporating science with character and plot … Her expertise is snappily and entertainingly delivered.”

– Booklist

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