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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with a twisty, surprise-packed thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who finds herself at the center of an arson investigation, a deepening mystery, and a stunning culmination of violence and deception.

It’s never easy working fire scenes, Tempe thinks. Called to Washington, DC to analyze the victims of a building set ablaze amid mysterious circumstances, she sees all of her misgivings justified. The building site is in Foggy Bottom, a neighborhood with a colorful past and present, and the residence’s ownership becomes even more suspicious when Tempe delves into the building's past.

The pieces start falling into place strangely and quickly, and, sensing a good story, Tempe teams with a new ally, telejournalist Ivy Doyle. Soon the duo learns that back in the thirties and forties the property belonged to a member a group of bootleggers and racketeers known as the Foggy Bottom Gang. Though interesting, this fact seems irrelevant—until the son of a Foggy Bottom gang member is shot dead at his farm in Fairfax County, Virginia. Coincidence? Targeted attacks? So many questions.

As Tempe and Ivy dig deeper, an arrest is finally made. Then another Foggy Bottom Gang-linked property burns to the ground, claiming one more victim. Slowly, Tempe’s instincts begin raising flags. Have too many of her moves while in Washington been anticipated in advance?

Long after that first fire is extinguished its flames of consequence spread outward, and eventually Tempe finds herself fighting for her life.

About The Author

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

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 6, 2024)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668055410

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Raves and Reviews

“There’s a reason Kathy Reichs is the Doyenne of Forensic Fiction—because her M.O. is to keep the reader guessing till the last paragraph. With Fire and Bones she once again comes out blazing.”
JODI PICOULT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and coauthor of Mad Honey

“I loved Kathy Reichs’s Fire and Bones in which the iconic Temperance Brennan brings her forensic expertise, dogged detection skills, and wry sense of humor to Washington, DC to investigate a harrowing fire scene. The twists and turns in the case come fast and furious, but Tempe handles each with her trademark aplomb, and every entry in this landmark series is a must-read for me! If you haven’t read Reichs, start now!”
LISA SCOTTOLINE, New York Times bestselling author of Look Again, Save Me, and The Truth About the Devlins

"In Fire and Bones Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game, seamlessly blending science, history, and procedure into a rocket-paced thrill ride. The iconic Temperance Brennan is whip-smart, wise, and wickedly funny as she digs through the ashes of a deadly act of arson into old grudges and buried motives. This is classic Reichs—sure to delight her longtime fans and earn her legions of new ones. I tore through it in a single, breathless sitting."
LISA UNGER, New York Times bestselling author of The New Couple in 5B

“This one is packed with plenty of menace, a pitch-perfect plot, and a brilliant and complicated heroine. Kathy Reichs is sharper, deeper, and better than ever. Another terrific novel from a consummate storyteller—who knows all the right chords to touch.”
STEVE BERRY, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Legacy and The Atlas Maneuver

“Kathy Reichs, always an amazing storyteller, has once again crafted an incredible novel—a keep-me-up-all-night-story that shows off her expert ability to create characters who come alive on the page. For anyone who loves mystery, this is a must read!”
HEATHER GRAHAM, New York Times bestselling author of Whispers at Dusk and The Reaper Follows

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