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Kuoleman kyydissä (Temperance Brennan #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  18,476 ratings  ·  582 reviews
Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is shot dead on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home and parts of what may be her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. For Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist in both Montreal and North Carolina, the deaths kindle deep emotions that propel her on a harrowing journey into the world of ou ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2011 by Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö Helsinki (first published 2000)
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For someone so "smart" Tempe Brennan sure does some dumb things. Running into the line of fire, blatantly ignoring directives from seasoned detectives, going to biker bars alone at night, etc. The plotting in these books would be pretty good if the author didn't continually have her heroine behave in such an idiotic way in order to create suspense or reveal important plot threads. I also do not appreciate that some member of Tempe's family or a close friend is always somehow involved with the cr ...more
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This book made me wonder why some female mystery authors choose to endow their female protagonists with so much unecessary angst. Reichs is one of several authors that I've read lately who is guilty of this. The protagonist can't just solve crime. She has to juggle relationship issues, neurotic family and friends, pets, concerns about her appearance (hair and weight), money worries, etc and catch a murderer. Yeah, I know that those are all "real" concerns, but if I wanted to read a book about wo ...more
I think I liked this one in the series the best so far. Dr. Temperance Brennan keeps her instances of running off by herself and doing something knuckle-headed down to a minimum.
I always like Reichs's books because she goes between North Carolina and Montreal-- two places I know well and can visualize as I read. The characters have become old friends, though I sometimes get squeamish when things get grizzly in the crime department (though the forensics doesn't bother me.)

The whole motorcycle thing is totally unfamiliar to me. I like fiction that teaches me something.

Will release today when I go for my dentist appointment.

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John Carter
Very good, but I have to take a star away for our heroine’s obtuseness. On page 30 a revelation is made about her police boyfriend that’s very distressing. As a reader you say, “No reason for distress. The obvious explanation is X.” On page 78 the boyfriend’s partner shows up just as confused and distressed. And you think, “These people are supposed to be trained investigators. Not even considering something so obvious—how do they keep their jobs?” It’s not ’til 299 that the solution even occurs ...more
Grey Ghost
Done with Kathy Reichs. You know how some thrillers and mysteries are "OK," but a cut below "excellent"? Reichs is on the low end of OK. I can see how her work has popular appeal, but frankly it's trite, repetitive, formulaic, and not really compellingly written. (I can deal with trite and formulaic if something is really well-written.) After three of the Temperance Brennan books (and I might have read the fourth, but they're so uninspiring I neither remember nor care), I don't think Reichs is g ...more
Rachel Lightwood
- Tempe is still an annoying character. What's with her anger management issues?

- Lack of Ryan was discouraging.

- Mystery was repetitive. Once again, too many bodies / murders in one book. I just want to read about a solid mystery.

- I hate how Reichs tries to worm countless and rather lengthy explanations into her writing in "subtle" ways. For example, blood spatter evidence is critical to one of the murders Tempe is investigating (in this) so she makes Tempe take a trip down to Gilbert's offi
Shannon Winward
The first book was great, in spite of a few iffy coincidences. The writing is good, the science is fascinating, and the story rolls nicely - though the level of detail tends to slow it down a bit. We don't need to know what Tempe eats at every meal, the exact route that she takes to every new location, and exactly what building/view can be seen in any given direction.

The second book was pretty good, though I thought the author was doing some back-peddling where the romantic interest was concerne
This one seemed a better to me than the last two. I can see this is one of those story lines where the author feels it is overly necessary to have a personal tie between the main character and the action (in this case her nephew involved with biker gangs). I know fiction is... well.. fiction and not real life but the completely unrealistic scenarios in which every story has someone she cares about tied in with the bad guys in so schmucky a way gets to be, as my mother would say, "a bit much." I ...more
I managed to read this novel in under a week which is always a good sign :) This is the third novel in the Brennan series. I enjoy Reichs's writing style. Reichs takes her time leading the reader where she wants them to go and I for one am happy to follow.

Now that I have read a few of her novels I have noticed one thing I can be critical about. She has a way of needing to explain in detail techniques, departmental workings, acronyms etc. Most of the time I am quite happy to be informed but when
aPriL eVoLvEs
A terrible thing has happened. A little girl was caught in the crossfire between two rival motorcycle gangs in Montreal. She had nothing to do with whatever retributions were being meted out. Nonetheless, because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussant is dead. Her body is on an autopsy table at the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Meicine Legale in Montreal, where Dr. Temperance Brennan works as a forensic anthropologist. She can and has handled ...more
Matt Schiariti
Overall I liked the premise of this book. A biker club gang war is in full effect in Canada and a series of deaths pulls Tempe right into the middle of the danger, not the least of which is collateral damage in the form of a 9 year old girl who was caught in the crossfire. Tempe gets involved with the police and vows to take down the bikers responsible for this meaningless loss of innocence.

Normally that makes for a pretty good Tempe Brennan book. But I did have a few issues with this one. In de
Ana T.
I am slowly making my way through Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series and this time I read Deadly Decisions, book nº 3.

The book starts with a young girl being murdered amidst a bike gang war. Brennan finds herself very affected by it and she soon starts investigating, not only this death but others related to the bikers as she becomes a part of the task force involved with biker gang crime. When asked to dig an old crime scene she finds not only the bones of two bikers as expected but also t
Sarah Sammis
Deadly Décisions by Kathy Reichs is the third in the Temperance Brennan series. In this one the discovery of parts of a girl's skeleton during the investigation into an on-going biker gang war in Montreal opens up a cold case. Brennan is brought in to help identify the remains and is thrust into a turf war that might involve her nephew.

While the TV series spawned from the books has little in common with the source material, the two do share interesting (albeit sometimes obvious) observations on
This is the third Kathy Reichs book I've read and coincidentally it is also the third in this series and I did quite enjoy it. The story was well written and fast paced with plenty of different aspects to keep the reader guessing until the end. The one bit that did quite sit right with me was Kit and how he behaved during the book. He starts of nice enough but somehow rapidly descends into being a stroppy teenager who been grounded and considering what he was getting involved in this seemed a li ...more
The death of 9-year old Emily Anne Toussaint during a war between two rival motorcycle gangs angers Temperance Brennan so much she volunteers to work on the gang task force - anything to help find the killer(s). The action moves between Montreal, scene of the current war, to South Carolina, home to vital clues. I was intrigued with the in-depth dicussions of blood spatter patterns, origins & evoluntion of outlaw motorcycle gangs, details of custom Harley Davidsons and more. Tempe again has t ...more
Tempe Brennan is back for her third adventure in Montreal, Quebec, as she is confronted with the violence surviving the biker gang underground. It all start with a shootout between two rival gangs. Not only do gang members get hit, but a poor nine-year-old girl also falls victim. As the gang war becomes more intense, Brennan finds herself being drawn deeper and deeper into the history of biker gangs, linking murders back decades and across both Canada and the United States.

Brennan is also being
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Lisa Llamrei
A nine-year-old girl is killed as collateral damage in a biker war. A tip leads to the discovery of the bodies of two bikers and a skull linked to a disappearance in North Carolina. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan must solve the case while also dealing with her almost-boyfriend turning drug dealer and her nephew's involvement with biker gangs.

The story is well written and exciting. There are constant twists that kept me reading and wondering. I did find the fact that Brennan works in
Every time I read one of these books, I am reminded how overwhelmingly stupid and obtuse she makes Brennan sometimes and I have to take a break before I feel up to the next one. I want to like these books and I have a feeling that they could be really entertaining, but she just needs an editor that points out the obvious lack of common sense. She works with the police, yet someone leaves a human eyeball on her car and she doesn't even file a police report‽ She is investigating dangerous motorcyc ...more
The Cats Mother
Third in the Temperance Brennan series, and yet again she solves mysteries by throwing herself head first into danger and antagonising her colleagues. The plot laws relies way too much on coincidence, and again a relative or friend is deeply involved and has to be rescued. Apart from that, the story trots along, the forensics stuff is interesting and the descriptions of Montreal atmospheric, although I could do without all the details about the traffic.
Mathew Whitney
Deadly Decisions is the first book I've read in the Temperance Brennan series. For the most part, the name and occupation of the main character is just about all that carries over to the TV show (Bones, a favorite in our household). Andrew Ryan is not really in the picture for most of this book, so I can't really comment on the differences between him and the TV show's Agent Booth. In other words, if you are going to get hung up on the differences between the book(s) and the TV show, you probabl ...more
Newport Librarians
Quebec is on the verge of becoming a bikers' war zone when Tempe is called to Quebec to investigate, and help prevent more, biker murders. Suddenly she is swirling in the dark world of biker gangs, expensive "hideouts" and heinous crimes. There within that world she finds two of those she loves most. That can't be right!
How will she and the Quebec Biker Unit prevent an all out war that will kill bikers an innocents alike? The clock is ticking as tensions clash.

Reich's Temperance in these early
What I love about Reichs: she gives amazingly concrete detail. And it's accurate detail, because she knows her stuff. I also love the way she grounds a scene in not just the weather, but the climate, the change of seasons. She gives the emotional resonance through her description and doesn't linger too long in it.

What I don't like: She has two really bad habits. One is "as you know, Bob" dialogue. When a colleague explains things to Tempe that she ought to know, it's annoying. Yes, she's an ant
Kathy Reichs always does great research on the theme of her books and I always learn something I didnt know. She does a good job with sense of place and I enjoy running around with her in Montreal and Charlotte and wherever else the story takes her.
This book was of particular interest to me as my uncle was a member of the Hell's Angels gang decades ago. He and my grandparents are buried in the cemetery where the gunfight took place at the end of the book.

All the 'Bones' books follow a formula.
After reading the first two books in the series I have been finding myself really excited about reading more of the books. Needless to say, I actually started this one right after I finished the second one. This book is about biker gangs and it wasn’t the kind of topic that I find to be really fascinating so I found this story a little less exciting.

I feel like this one seems to follow the same formula as the first two books in the series. If I hadn’t read any other books later in the series at
This is the perfect example of something that is better when watched in action rather than read on paper. I am a huge fan of the show Bones (which is loosely based on this series) and when it comes to a shit ton of scientific mumbo jumbo I know nothing about it's more entertaining to watch and listen to it than it is to read about it myself. When I have to read pages upon pages of very detailed scientific descriptions it starts to feel like I'm reading a text book. That does not interest me at a ...more
Karen Scally
It was ok, I liked the first Temperance Brennan novel but found that the formulaic nature is making the plot of the second and third a bit too predictable and less enjoyable as a result. It means the story for each book has to be really interesting to compensate for the transparency of the formula. With deadly decisions the story about bikers wasn't as successful as Death du Jour in overcoming that challenge. Having previously read many of Patricia Cornwalls Scarpetta series, I also found the in ...more
This book just constantly annoyed me. I don't know why I didn't give up but for some reason I thought 'I've started so I'll finish - and besides it may get even more ridiculous!'.

It did! Brennan, despite being a highly educated person comes over as a total nitwit most of the time.
Points of annoyance - All the self talk questions. The food descriptions. The hotdog and fries/gym visit idiocy. The Photoshop snapshot miracles. Also the biggest annoyance for me as a motorcyclist in a book detailing
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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A ...more
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