Scribner, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
always enjoy spending time with feisty, forty-plus forensic anthropologist Temperance '
' Brennan, whether in Montreal, Quebec or Charlotte, North Carolina. As the story opens in the latter location, she's called out of a boring academic meeting to a homicide scene, found in an underground chamber uncovered in a house renovation. She finds human remains, an altar, a cheap plaster statue and other ritual remnants.
orking with Tempe on the case is homicide detective Skinny Slidell - as Tempe muses, '
The guy's got the personality of a blocked nostril. But good instincts.
' As other cases involving Santeria, voodoo, and brujeria come up, there are regular leaks to the press and speculations of devil worship that quickly attract the attention of fundamentalist preacher/politician Boyce Lingo. When he arouses Tempe's ire by exploiting the killings - and after she shames herself by falling off the wagon - she gets in serious trouble with her bosses by speaking out against him and creating a '
public image nightmare
'. As if that weren't enough to confuse and complicate Tempe's life, her ex-lover Ryan appears on the scene, after leaving her to attempt a reconciliation with his ex for his daughter's sake. It didn't work out and now Tempe wonders if she wants the melodrama of their relationship back in her life.
f course they solve the puzzles together - and leave their relationship on hold, as always. Tempe sagely sums the case up by telling Ryan that '
Americans have become a nation afraid ... We fear terrorists, snipers, hurricanes, epidemics ... We feel powerless and that causes constant anxiety, makes us fear things we don't understand.
' Something to think about as you enjoy reading
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