Spider Bones

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Spider Bones
Spider Bones.jpeg
US cover of Spider Bones
Author Kathy Reichs
Country United States
Language English
Series Temperance Brennan
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Scribner
Publication date
Media type Print Hardback
Pages 320
ISBN 978-1-4391-0239-8
Preceded by 206 Bones
Followed by Flash and Bones

Spider Bones is the thirteenth novel by Kathy Reichs starring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

Alternate Title[edit]

It was released under the title Mortal Remains in Australia and the United Kingdom.


Brennan is called to examine a newly-dead body in Quebec, which turns out to be that of John "Spider" Lowery, an American ex-soldier apparently killed in Vietnam in 1968. After exhuming the remains buried under Lowery's name, she travels to Hawaii to check the US military records, along with her grieving daughter Katy (whose friend has been killed in Afghanistan), where they are joined by sometime lover Detective Andrew Ryan and his recovering addict daughter Lily. As Brennan begins to uncover the truth, the two girls are put in danger.

Critical Reception[edit]

Writing in The Independent, David Evans said that Riechs' expertise means that her "descriptions of grisly autopsies ring true" but that "Sadly the same cannot be said of her dialogue, and the banter between Brennan and her love interest falls flat."[1] Publishers Weekly also commented on how Reichs' scientific expertease contributes positively to the book, and that she delivers "a whopper of a final twist".[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Evans, David (30 July 2011). "Spider Bones, By Kathy Reichs". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Spider Bones". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 20 May 2018.