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Written in Bone (David Hunter, Bk 2)
Written in Bone - David Hunter, Bk 2
Author: Simon Beckett
Dr. David Hunter should be in London with the woman he loves and a past he can't quite shake. Instead, as a favor to a beleaguered cop, Hunter travels to a remote island in the Outer Hebrides to inspect a baffling set of remains. A forensic anthropologist, Hunter has seen bodies destroyed by all forms of violence, but even he is surprised by...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385340052
ISBN-10: 0385340052
Publication Date: 9/25/2007
Pages: 328
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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reviewed Written in Bone (David Hunter, Bk 2) on + 144 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This was an excellent forensic mystery. I did not want to stop reading. The ending was a surprise to me and the author, has his main character a forensic anthropologist, give scientific facts that are interwoven with the story, not in a textbook manner. I wish I had 10 more of his books to read. You'll be sorry if you don't read this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
I remember reading The Chemistry of Death, the first installment surrounding Dr. David Hunter and that I was impressed at how good Simon Beckett researched and explained the facts he was writing about, all the while binding them easily into the books plot.
It is the same with Written In Bone. Easy understandable descriptions bound into the killings that are happening on a remote island.

Dr. David Hunter is called to the remote island of Runa, where a burnt body was found in a cabin.
Figuring the skull of the victim has been smashed, he announces the death as a murder but it is too late to call for reinforcement. The island is engulfed in a storm that eventually shuts it off from all communication to the outside world.
Bound to work with ex-cop Brody and the islands grumpy sergeant Fraser he secures what he can before the storm destroys the small cabin, not knowing that this is just a beginning of a chain reaction threatening his own life.
The stored remains of the victim, the already destroyed cabin and the only boat with a satellite phone on board are purposely destroyed. The lives of a deputy and a noisy reporter-girl taken and a murderer on the loose the rural community is in danger, not knowing what the killers goal might be. Is it "just" a random intruder or is it someone deeply bound into the community out on a killing spree for whatever reason ?


With twists, turns and a few surprises Beckett kept me reading, enjoying his explanations in forensic anthropology. The book reminds me a bit of P. D. James' The Lighthouse without all the private stuff going on around the main character, Hunter.
Of course we hear a bit of his struggles with his girlfriend Jenny and his constant absence in their relationship but it isn't overwhelmingly boring.
I got the sense that Beckett focuses more on the forensic research instead of building the character or he does so in a slowly way not knowing yet in which way his character is going to evolve with time.
So he doesn't create a huge attachment to his character which might be a plus but also a negative for some readers. For me it was completely fine.

The next novel surrounding Dr. Hunter is announced to be published in May, 2009 under the name Whispers Of The Dead.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent read! This is the 2nd in a series but you don't need to read them in order. They happen in 2 different localities and he only mentions people in the past. They aren't part of this story.

The author, Simon Beckett is British so some words were unfamiliar to me but not distracting at all. And it is nice to learn about a small remote island in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Looking forward to the next book.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of the best books I've read. Did not know who "done it" until the very end, and the ending is a real shocker! Well written, can't put down book.
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