Spider Bones - Temperance Brennan, Bk 13 Author:Kathy Reichs John Lowery was declared dead in 1968 -- the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Low... more »ery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?
Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery's grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis -- to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military's Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how 'ex' is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery's dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies -- all identified as Lowery. And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu's flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?« less
Best "Bones" book I've read to date! Lots of interesting science topics covered in this one: autoeroticism, body recovery and identification, military MIAs, and chimerism. Tempe and her daughter do some bonding in Hawaii and are joined by Ryan and his drug addicted daughter for some tenuous situations. Description of driving thru Oahu will interest those who have visited Honolulu and toured the island.
Once again another good Kathy Reichs story. This one takes place mostly in Hawaii -- tied into the identification center for military MIAs. Both Brennan's and Ryan's daughters are part of the story line.