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Where There's a Will (Gideon Oliver, Bk 12)
Where There's a Will - Gideon Oliver, Bk 12 Author:Aaron Elkins In Edgar-winner Elkins's solid 12th whodunit to feature forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver (after 2004's acclaimed Good Blood), Oliver's Hawaiian vacation turns into a busman's holiday, as he and close friend John Lau, an FBI agent who's also enjoying some downtime, get involved in a decade-old mystery surrounding the deaths of two elderly Sw... more »edish brothers who owned a huge cattle ranch. One night in 1994, hit men acting for an unknown client murdered Torkel Torkelsson, then attempted to conceal the corpse with an act of arson; that same night, Magnus Torklesson and a pilot took off in a small plane, never to be heard from again. Now divers have discovered the wreckage of the long-lost plane in a lagoon, with some skeletal remains. Soon learning that none of the original police investigation's conclusions may be valid, Oliver and Lau find themselves intrigued and frustrated by the lies and evasions pitched rapidly at them by the Torkelssons' heirs, all of whom have different motives for obscuring the truth.« less
If you haven't already, go back and start this series from the beginning and meet the original forensic anthropologist sleuth - this book is quite good as a standalone but it's always nice to grow with the character. I've read and enjoyed many of the "bone doc" style series since this one, but there is just something particularly endearing about Gideon Oliver. Two daggers up! :)
First forensic thriller I've read outside the Kay Scarpetta series. Liked it a lot and enjoyed the setting in Hawaii on a cattle ranch. Not as technical as the Dr Kay books-- I've heard some readers criticize that series for being too "scientific". I'll look for more with "the Skelton Detective", Gideon Oliver, as the main character. Thanks to club members who recommended it!