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Bone Hunter
by Sarah Andrews
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Minotaur, 2000 (1999)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Forensic geologist Em Hanson travels to a Utah paleontology conference in Salt Lake City, only to have her host and sponsor brutally murdered. Em determines to clear herself of the suspicions hovering over her.

Radical Fundamentalist Mormons are stealing prehistoric bones and selling them definitely against the law. The plot is an intricate one, but flows with clarity and insight into what makes different people tick. There's action on almost every page as the suspense builds to a crescendo. Sarah Andrews' insertion of her knowledge of paleontology (which is considerable despite her field being geology) never slows the story but adds to the reader's understanding of events. The author's grappling with the Mormon religion - and religion in general - made me stop and think, again never slowing the race towards the climax.

I recommend Bone Hunter as a good book for a lazy summer day or a frosty cold one for that matter.

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