Flash and Bones

Flash and Bones

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"Kathy Reichs--#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones --returns with a riveting new novel set in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan. Kathy Reichs's trademark blend of forensic descriptions that "chill to the bone" ( Entertainment Weekly ) and breathless suspense have made her books major bestsellers worldwide. Now, she delivers the fourteenth thriller in a "cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series" ( The New York Times Book Review ). A body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to Lowes Motor Speedway near Charlotte just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for race week. The next day, a NASCAR crew member shares with Tempe a devastating story. Twelve years earlier his sister, Cyndi Gamble, then a high school senior who wanted to be a professional racecar driver, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Is the body Cyndi's? Or Cale's? At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, but the search was quickly terminated. As Tempe is considering multiple theories, including an FBI cover-up, a surprising, secret substance is found with the body, leaving Tempe to wonder what exactly the government was up to..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
ISBN: 9781451646696
Characteristics: viii, 278 p. ; 25 cm


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Jan 12, 2019

This is Kathy Reichs' best Temperance Brennan novel that I've read so far. It was fast paced, witty, intelligent, and enjoyable through almost every chapter. There's several threads in this story, and 5 or so bodies to keep Brennan believably engaged and involved throughout the novel. There's very little downtime here- she jumps from lead to lead, tagging along with several other side characters and putting together the mysteries at hand. Slidell and Galimore added their own spice to the story, and were well rounded and fleshed out.
The backdrop of Charlotte and the NASCAR race kept the story interesting and different, but not so overpowering that they took over the story. To be honest, I was a little weary choosing this particular Reichs novel because it focused on NASCAR (because I'm not a fan at all) but she had a light touch with it, and inserted just enough history and trivia to engage the reader without overwhelming them.
The only sticking point I had was with the side story of Brennan's ex-husband and his annoying fiancee. They added nothing to the story and I cringed every time I had to read about them. I would much rather have seen the thread of her nephew's surprise child fleshed out, honestly, instead of it happening entirely off-screen.
All in all, a very enjoyable procedural, and a great starting point for anyone who would like to read a Brennan novel but isn't sure which one to pick up first!

Jul 10, 2016

One of my favorite authors and this one did not disappoint.

Nov 13, 2013

Good entry in a solid series. A bit of the flavor of NASCAR in Charlotte. Unfortunately Andrew Ryan is not in this one.

JAMESG Oct 01, 2012

Excellent Kathy Reichs novel. Interesting plot & not over done on the NASCAR racing scene. Very interesting characters & a novel you can leave for awhile & just pick up where you left off.

Jun 20, 2012

Tempe is on another case. It's Reich's 14th novel in the series I think. This one is set in Charlotte, her home base. It deals with right wing extremists and Nascar races. It starts with a body found in a dump in a barrel filled with asphalt. Another good read.

Jun 10, 2012

Not one of Dr. Reich’s best efforts. Very short of the usual forensic details of her earlier books.
Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Jun 05, 2012

Kindof short for this author/series.

May 14, 2012

Read the book - it was ok but I do not like this writer.

samdog123 Mar 15, 2012

I have to say I found the plot for this book a little thin on the forensic details and the plot just didn't seem as exciting as Reich's other books. Still it was an enjoyable read and I love the character Temperance Brennan.

Jan 25, 2012

Another Kathy Reichs book. Not one of her best. It was enjoyable while it lasted, but I have forgotten exactly what it was about..... not a gripping story line.

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Dec 19, 2011

Goodreads Summary: Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan's office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble's sister, Cindi, then a high school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Could the body be Cindi's? Or Cale's?

At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, only to terminate it weeks later. Was there a cover-up? As Tempe juggles multiple theories, the discovery of a strange, deadly substance in the barrel alongside the body throws everything into question. Then an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes missing during Race Week. Tempe can't overlook the coincidence. Was this man using his lab chemicals for murder? Or is the explanation even more sinister? What other secrets lurk behind the festive veneer of Race Week?

A turbocharged story of secrets and murder unfolds in this, the fourteenth thrilling novel in Reichs's "cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series" (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones about to enter its seventh season and in full syndication-and her most recent novel, Spider Bones, an instant New York Times bestseller-Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.


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Jul 10, 2016

One uncertainty blossomed again and again , drowning out other thoughts like a drunken uncle at a family gathering.

The heat in the car was like hot syrup against my skin.


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