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Whispers of the Dead
by Simon Beckett
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Delacorte, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

When British forensic anthropologist Dr. David Hunter travels to the United States to study at the legendary Body Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee, he never expects his academic trip will turn into a busman's holiday.

That's what happens, though, when a crime scene in a remote Smoky Mountain cabin turns up a bizarre situation that forces Hunter to lend a hand with the investigation.

Everything about the murder - the wounds, the decomposition, the microscopic evidence - quickly short-circuits the tools and methods of trained forensic experts. Hunter realizes they are dealing with a killer who is very familiar with the intricacies of forensics. Even worse is the fact that there are more surprises awaiting Hunter and his colleagues. Future victims' bodies are booby-trapped and their times of death are faked.

Has a forensic expert crossed the line and become a serial killer? And, more to the point, is this person playing a game trying to lure Hunter into a situation where the British expert might be in jeopardy himself?

In the third novel in his forensic crime series Simon Beckett pulls out all the stops. You'll find more twists, greater detail and an investigation that will keep even the most sophisticated reader guessing. If you read and enjoyed Written in Bone and The Chemistry of Death you certainly won't want to miss Whispers of the Dead!

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