Déjà Dead

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Déjà Dead
AuthorKathy Reichs
CountryUnited States
SeriesTemperance Brennan
GenreCrime novel
Publication date
September 1997
Pages411 pp
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3568.E476345 D4 1997
Followed byDeath du Jour 

Déjà Dead is the first novel by Kathy Reichs starring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

It won the 1998 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.[1]


When the meticulously dismembered body of a woman is discovered in the ground of an abandoned monastery in Montreal, Canada, which is too "decomposed for standard autopsy", an anthropologist is requested.

Dr. Temperance Brennan, Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, who has been researching recent disappearances in the city, is given the case. Despite the deep cynicism of Detective Claudel who heads the investigation, Brennan is convinced that a serial killer is at work. Her forensic expertise finally convinces Claudel, but only after the body count has risen. Brennan initiates an investigation, but her determined probing places those closest to her in danger.

Critical reception[edit]

Reichs' work was compared to the Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell.[2]


  1. ^ Arthur Ellis Award — list of Best First Novel, Canada: Crime Writers, archived from the original on 2010-05-29.
  2. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (1997-08-24). "Crime". New York Times Books. New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-20..

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