Book Reviews of Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan, Bk 1)

Deja Dead - Temperance Brennan, Bk 1
Author: Kathy Reichs
ISBN-13: 9780434004959
ISBN-10: 0434004952
Publication Date: 1997
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Publisher: William Heinemann
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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Tempe (for Temperance) Brennan is an interesting character. In this, the first novel in the series, she is working in Montreal as a forensic anthropologist. Murder victims are found, she is caught up in the search for the killer, and circumstances get quite dicey for her.

It is well written, but I had a quarrel with the story. I know I am in the minority here--vastly in the minority, I might add. It seems that one of the main ingredients of a modern bestseller thriller novel is that the main character must be in deadly peril. The serial killer somehow becomes fixated on the detective or medical examiner or whoever is the focus of the novel. I hate that. I had to stop reading Patricia Cornwell because of it--I mean, really, how many dang serial killers can there be in Raleigh, NC? One a year it seems, which is how often a new novel came out. And what are the odds that every one of those serial killers would decide they wanted to kill the medical examiner?

So in this first novel, the killer is looking to do away with the medical examiner! Talk about deja vu!

I decided that although the book was fun to listen to, I was through with this series for the same reason I had to quit Cornwell. Then I ran across a taped version of one of the later novels in the series for a very low price when I had just run out of tapes to listen to. I bought it, and am now 3/4ths of the way through listening to it. It's good. It doesn't (exactly) involve the killer(s) trying to kill Tempe, so maybe Reichs isn't a victim of thriller-writer syndrome after all.

At any rate, this is a good story and the ones that follow seem to be even better.