||This article consists almost entirely of a plot summary. It should be expanded to provide more balanced coverage that includes real-world context. (July 2011)|
|Publisher||William Heinemann London|
|Media type||Print Hardback|
|Preceded by||Devil Bones|
|Followed by||Spider Bones|
There are 206 bones in the human body, and when Brennan has to recover the remains of a murdered old lady from a shallow grave in the midst of a freezing Quebec winter, she thinks she has the full set. So why is it that the crucial finger bones that could confirm the identity of the victim are not present when she comes to examine the skeleton in her lab ?
Could this be linked to the accusation that she had misinterpreted the skeleton of a ageing Chicago heiress found in the Quebec countryside some months previously ? An anonymous phone call to the woman's father suggests she has missed a bullet-hole in the bones. Brennan and her on-off lover Detective Andrew Ryan set out to Chicago to clear her name, where much to Brennan’s annoyance, Ryan bonds with Brennan’s estranged husband’s Latvian family when his flight back to Montreal is delayed by the weather.
Morale in the forensics team in Montreal is poor, with the department head on extended sick leave, and a disruptive new recruit to the team. Two more old women are dead or missing, and Ryan suspects they may be dealing with a serial killer. To help solve the crime Brennan has to deal with an aggressive cat-hating neighbour, a cold case in Chicago involving a family link, and the discovery that someone is not only trying to ruin her reputation, but wants her dead.
- Kathy Reichs' site on 206 Bones