|Kathleen Joan Toelle Reichs|
|Born||1950 (age 62–63)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S. 
|Genres||Crime, since 1997|
|Notable work(s)||Break No Bones (2006)|
Kathleen Joan Toelle "Kathy" Reichs (pron.: //; born 1950) is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, but is currently on indefinite leave. She divides her work time between the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec and her professorship at UNC Charlotte. She is one of the eighty-two forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Her schedule also involves a number of speaking engagements around the world. Reichs has been a producer for the TV series Bones. She has two daughters, Kerry and Courtney; and one son, Brendan. 
Academic career 
Reichs earned her Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in anthropology from American University in 1971. In 1972, she completed her Master of Arts in physical anthropology from Northwestern University, and in 1975 she completed her Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University. Since then, Reichs has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, McGill University and is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the past, Kathy Reichs has consulted for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina.
Reichs has appeared in Tanzania to testify at the United Nations's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She has assisted Dr. Clyde Snow and the Foundation for Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology in an exhumation in the area of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of southwest Guatemala. She was a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team assigned to assist at the World Trade Center disaster.
Academic papers 
- Quantified comparison of frontal sinus patterns by means of computed tomography. Forensic Science International 1993 Oct;61(2-3):141-68.
- Effect of age and osteoarthritis on bone mineral in rhesus monkey vertebrae. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 1993 Aug;8(8):909-17.
- Forensic anthropology in the 1990s. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1992 Jun;13(2):146-53.
- Treponematosis: a possible case from the late prehistoric of North Carolina. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 1989 Jul;79(3):289-303.
- Cranial suture eccentricities: a case in which precocious closure complicated determination of sex and commingling. Journal of Forensic Science 1989 Jan;34(1):263-73.
- Ontogenetic plasticity in nonhuman primates: I. Secular trends in the Cayo Santiago macaques. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 1987 Jul;73(3):279-87.
Academic books 
- Forensic Osteology: Advances in the Identification of Human Remains (1986)
- Hominid Origins: Inquiries Past and Present (Editor) (1983)
In addition to technical books, Reichs has written eighteen novels to date, which have been translated into 30 languages. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
The fictional heroine in her novels, Temperance "Tempe" Brennan, is also a forensic anthropologist. Her lifestyle closely mimics that of her creator, with Reichs stating that Brennan and she "have the same CV" and that "Some of Tempe's personality traits are also mine", but there are differences in their personal lives such as the character's alcoholism. A good portion of the novels are based on real life science, and Reichs has stated that she is "fastidiously conscientious about getting the science right". She has used experience from her career in her novels, and said about Déjà Dead that "Everything I describe in the book, I actually did". In the novel Grave Secrets she uses her experience from her visit to Guatemala.
She has also written three young adult novels named Virals (2010), Seizure (2011) and Code (2013) centered around Tempe's great-niece, Tory Brennan, and a pack of her friends Ben, Hiram, Shelton and wolfdog Cooper.
Temperance Brennan series 
|Déjà Dead||1997||Paperback: 0-09-925518-9
Audio CD: 1-449-83348-9
|Won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel|
|Death du Jour||1999||Paperback: 0-09-925519-7
Audio CD: 0-754-05330-X
|Deadly Décisions||2000||Paperback: 0-09-930710-3
|Fatal Voyage||2001||Paperback: 0-09-930720-0
Audio CD: 1-85686-927-X
|Grave Secrets||2002||Paperback: 0-09-930730-8
Audio CD: 1-85686-928-8
|Bare Bones||2003||Paperback: 0-09-944147-0|
|Monday Mourning||2004||Paperback: 0-09-944148-9|
|Cross Bones||2005||Paperback: 0-09-944149-7
Audio CD: 1-85686-985-7
|Break No Bones||2006||Hardback: 0-434-01042-1
|Bones to Ashes||2007||Hardback: 978-0434014620
|Devil Bones||2008||Hardback: 978-0743294386
Audio CD: 978-1846571336
|206 Bones||2009||Hardback: 978-0743294393
|Spider Bones||2010||Hardback: 978-1439102398
|released as Mortal Remains in UK and Australia in hardback, reverted to Spider Bones for paperback release|
|Flash and Bones||2011||978-1439102411|
|Bones are Forever||2012||978-0434021130|
|Bones of the Lost||(August 2013)||978-1439102459|
Virals series 
The 2005 Fox television series Bones is inspired by Reichs' life and writing. The series borrows the name of the books' heroine, Temperance "Bones" Brennan. As in the books, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a forensic anthropologist, however there are many differences: the television character is younger, more socially awkward, and is based in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the TV-Brennan moonlights as an author, writing about a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. Aside from the character name and occupation, there are few tie-ins between the TV show and the books.
Reichs works as a producer on the show to "keep the science honest" and has appeared in the episode "Judas on a Pole" from the second season, in which she played Professor Constance Wright, a forensic anthropologist on the board conducting Zack Addy's thesis defense. Additionally, she wrote the Season Five episode "The Witch in the Wardrobe".
Casey Anthony Murder Trial 
In 2011, Reichs was an expert witness in the Casey Anthony murder trial. After initially refusing to be a part of Anthony's defence, she cited biased media coverage as the reason she changed her mind. “Initially, I said no, and then I started seeing media coverage and it made me angry. This woman needed to be tried in court, not in the press.” Reichs did a full skeletal analysis of Anthony's daughter, Caylee, but could not determine a cause of death. She concluded that there was no evidence of abuse and that the child appeared to be well-nourished.
- "Reichs, Kathy", Britannica Online (see below: References).
- See inogolo:pronunciation of Kathy Reichs: phonetic "Rikes".
- List of faculty at UNCC
- Reichs, Kathy (2002). Grave Secrets: A Novel. Simon & Schuster, Inc. pp. XII. ISBN 978-0-671-02838-1.
- As described on her website biography
- Smithsonian Magazine: Interview with Kathy Reichs
- Kathy Reichs book suppliers. Personal website. Retrieved 1/11/09.
- Arthur Ellis Award - list of past winners. Crime Writers of Canada website. Retrieved 1/11/09.
- "This much I know:Kathy Reichs, forensic anthropologist and writer, 60, London". Tom Templeton (The Guardian). 2008-10-26.
- "Meet this season's best discovery: Kathy Reichs". Bookpage. September 1997. Retrieved 2008-11=16.
- "Kathy Reichs: The ice queen of crime". Peter Stanford (The Independent). 2006-07-21.
- Bones Show Info
- "Kathy Reichs: 20 Things You Need to Know". Yahoo!7. Yahoo! Pty Limited. Archived from the original on 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
- "Bodies in the Book". Bones. Season 2. Episode 15. 2007-10-14.
- IMDB profile for Bones episode Judas on a Pole
- IMDB full credits for Bones episode "The Witch in the Wardrobe"
- Reichs Examines Murder Victim Caylee Anthony
- "Reichs, Kathy", Britannica Online Encyclopedia, 2009, webpage: EBc-KReichs.
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