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Kalte Asche (David Hunter #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,705 ratings  ·  280 reviews
Merkwürdig sieht die verbrannte Leiche aus, die der forensische Anthropologe David Hunter auf der abgelegenen Hebriden-Insel Runa zu Gesicht bekommt. Durch die unglaubliche Hitze des Feuers ist sie fast gänzlich zu Asche zerfallen -- bis auf Beine und Füße, die fast unversehrt in den Raum ragen. Auch in der Umgebung des unmittelbaren Tatorts hat das Feuer kaum Schaden ange ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Rowohlt (first published 2007)
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Anna
Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the second in the David Hunter series, and was just as compelling as The Chemistry of Death. The tension, the forensics, the story telling; they all had me gripped from page one, and one of the reveals made me gasp out loud and say 'NOOOO!' I loved the eerie atmosphere of the remote island, cut off from the mainland during a savage storm; no-one can arrive, no-one can leave, and there’s a killer on the loose with a fondness for fire. It gave me the chills!

Beckett has be
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Hannah
Excellent, gripping police procedural mystery. A slow start, but midway it takes off and there are several twists at the end that took me totally by surprise, especially the final few paragraphs - WHAT??!!

If you enjoy the *locked room* variety of murder mystery, Written in Bone should satisfy. Gruesome in places, and a plot twist that's creepy to say the least, but a quick and satisfying read.

Roland
This reader loved The Chemistry of Death and in Written in Bone the descriptions of the actual finds are no less enthralling. However, it is unacceptable if, in I-narration, a third person in a chapter (i.e. a later report by the I-narrator –anything else would be impossible) fails to see shadows lifting themselves from the dark. This is cheating or oversight – not good writing. The extended ending with twist upon twist, too, is not convincing, just laboured. There is more to say –the constant b ...more
Jasmine
I didn't like this as much as the first one it was really really similar thematically and basically feels like he's reworked the same plot.

he's still clearly a smart guy which I like, but I mean there aren't enough crimes in london he has to go out to bumfuck scotland to find one? fine whatever, then there's a storm OH NO. But then ugh really a bit too thematic and cliche.

on the other hand, I liked the ending it was awesome. I think he really pulled that through, if the rest of the book was a
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Gwenn
May 14, 2008 Gwenn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moira
This book rocketed along, with lots of twists and turns until the very last page. It's a variation of the "and then there were none" theme, with all the characters trapped on a very small island in the Hebrides and no obvious suspects for any of the murders. The hero, a forensic anthropologist, is not quite smart enough to figure things out before we do, but that is part of the wonderfully sustained tension. Now I'm off to find the author's first book!
Cátia Santos
Melhor ainda que o anterior! Só peca por me ter deixado novamente descobrir muito cedo quem estava por detrás dos crimes, mas não deixou de ser surpreendente!

E não podia ter concluído o meu 2013 reading challenge de melhor forma: no dia 31 de dezembro, com um livro 5*! :)))
Lénia
Gostei tanto!! Absolutamente inesperado e muito, muito bem construído.
Diego
ENGLISH: As a forensic thriller... awesome. The main character is easy to be related with.
It was kinda gruesome in some parts but keeps you in the line the whole time. It made me elaborate like 5 different theories about the possible killer or killers, but in the end everything turned out right the opposite and with multiple endings. I can't say that I enjoyed it, too many corpses being analized and explicit descriptions, but I got hooked by the plot.

ESPAÑOL: Lo leí en inglés así que no sabría
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Gosia
After enjoying the hell out of "The Chemistry of Death" I was very eager to start reading the second book about Dr Hunter. And... oh boy. I don't really know where to begin.
The book starts interestingly enough: gruesome murder, interesting location, good ol' Dr Hunter... But then it takes over a hundred pages until something, ANYTHING happens. Some of the characters in the book were so cartoonish I was afraid I might injure my eyes with all the eyerolling. Here's your token single mother with a
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Gerald Sinstadt
When Patricia Cornwell embarked on her series of novels about a forensic detective, the territory was fresh and interesting. But disciples have appeared, disinterring the bodies and conducting autopsies but finding little that is original. Simon Beckett is a follower though with a link back to Agatha Christie.

Written in Bone has a self-styled forensic anthropologist for a central character, thus justifying any amount of grisly information about burning bodies. But Dr David Hunter is cut off by
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Tattered Cover Book Store
This is a forensic suspense/mystery/thriller that has more than a few twists and turns to it, even up to the bitter (or sweet,depending on how you look at it) end. CSI, Reichs, Cornwell, etc fans will love it. I can't say I was at the EDGE of my seat, but I was way past the middle of it and turning pages fast....
Premise: a forensic anthropologist gets called out to a remote British island to investigate a suspitious death. A storm, a fire and more than one body keep him there as he risks his lif
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Janette Fleming
“I took the skull from its evidence bag and gently set it on the stainless steel table. ‘Tell me who you are. . . .’ ” With this silent plea, forensic expert Dr. David Hunter ignites a harrowing murder investigation on a windswept Scottish island, and a tale of menace, sexuality, and revenge unravels—along with the chilling message that a killer has…

Dr. David Hunter should be in London with the woman he loves and a past he can’t quite shake off. Instead, as a favor to a beleaguered cop, Hunter t
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Alexandra

Der Oskar für die grauslichsten Einstiege in Kriminalromane geht an.... Simon Becket!! Jedes mal auf Seite 1 beginnts mich zu schütteln in Chemie des Todes (Band 1) ging es um Larven und ihre Arbeit an einem toten Körper und in "Kalte Asche" um die Wirkung von Feuer auf Körper. Sehr sachlich - deshalb aber nicht minder grausam sondern eher mit verstärktem Ekelfaktor wird dem Leser extrem detailgetreu vermittelt, was passiert, wenn der Körper wie eine Kerze verbrennt. Ein mittlerweile bewährtes
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Sandra
Espectacular!!!!

Quando eu penso que já sei o que se passou, quem é o assassino (mais uma vez andei lá perto e quase que acertava) e porquê, eis que há mais uma reviravolta.

E o final deste livro? Fica-se com a respiração suspensa e é IMPOSSÍVEL não pegar IMEDIATAMENTE no livro a seguir para ver (view spoiler).

Curiosamente, devido à minha própria estupidez o 3º volume foi o 1º que li e por isso não fiquei tão desesperada.

Há momentos em que só nos apetece faze
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Melody Savage
I recently read Written in Bone by Simon Beckett, published 2007 by Bantam Dell, and was reminded of why I do not read many adult novels.
It had fast-paced action, an adventurous plot, and an interesting setting. The forensics details and processes are fascinating. However, Beckett set out primarily to entertain with a complicated mystery, not to educate.
This book features frequent use of offensive language, shockingly violent scenes, and indulgence in the vulgarities of life. These elements
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Bea
Jan 07, 2013 Bea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
~Kalte Asche ist der zweite Teil der David Hunter Reihe.
~Geschrieben wurde das Buch von Simon Beckett.
"ASCHE ZU ASCHE, STAUB ZU STAUB, LEBEN ZU TOD
Asche ist alles, was von ihr übrig geblieben ist. Fast alles. Als der Rechtsmediziner David Hunter die Überreste der Frau in einem verfallenen Cottage auf der schottischen Insel Runa zum ersten Mal erblickt, weiß er sofort: Dieser Tod war kein Unfall. Er will seine Erkenntnisse dem Superintendenten mitteilen, doch die Leitung bleibt tot. Ein Sturm ha
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Deb Bodinnar
OK, so I said I was hoping that this series would get better? Well it did! I really enjoyed this one... it was fast paced, interesting characters (even the grumpy Policeman had his moments) and the plot was intriguing. The pictures that conjured up in your mind as reading the description of the initial crime scene were so easy as Beckett has a great way with his words to put those images in your head. Again, the twists and turns in who was the murderer had me guessing, double guessing then havin ...more
Kala
Plot line:
A murder occurs on a small island in the middle of no where. With technology difficulties from a storm, our hero determines how the victim died and that the murderer is still on the island. More bodies appear and it's now the hero's job to stop him before he kills again.

Opinion:
I started this book not knowing that this was the SECOND in a series. The author tried to bring me up to speed, but the character was flat. This should be impressive because the story is told in first person, bu
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Susan
Called in to examine a badly burned body found on a small island in the Hebrides, forensic anthropologist David Hunter hopes he won't be delayed long. Just as he determines that the death is a murder, a monstrous storm prevents help from arriving. So he is left to find out what happened with the help of an alcoholic local sergeant and a retired officer who lives on the island. The setting in the Hebrides is interesting and the story is reasonable well plotted although the characters are thin. Un ...more
Elizabeth
Great read, despite forensic inaccuracies. Human heads do not explode in a fire. I repeat, human heads do not explode in a fire.
We are not watermelons.
Also, while I know this is fiction, and that everyone is an individual and therefore different, I found that Dr. Hunter's thoughts about death and his job to be very different from that of every forensic scientist I've met. On the whole, they tend to be a happy go lucky lot, replete with gallows humor. I'm still a student, but I'm pretty much the
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Barbra
Great powerful crime thriller. Good twists and gory ending.

Back Cover Blurb:
On the remote Hebridean island of Runa, a grisly discovery awaits the arrival of forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter.
A body - almost totally incinerated but for the feet and a single hand - has been found. The local police are quick to record an accidental death but Hunter's instincts say otherwise: he's convinced it's murder. In fact Runa is far from the peaceful community it first appears - and a burned corpse is o
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Penny
This is the second in the David Hunter series that started with The Chemistry of Death.

In this one we find young David sent off to investigate the charred remains of a body in a remote cottage on a Hebridean island. In true crime fiction style we have a small community and almost everyone is a suspect. Further deaths occur and a storm strikes keeping David on the island.

Once again Beckett has written a solid crime thriller that keeps going right to the last page. The intricacies of the plot are
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Ann Vanhaeren
Wat een boek....een lange inleiding maar spannend tot de laatste zin! Ik moest het weten hoe het zou aflopen...dus moest ik vlug deel III erbij nemen....met een gerust hart kan ik nu verder lezen!
DE MOEITE WAARD!!!
Caitlin
Another great read by Simon Beckett!

This time the mystery is on an island in the Hebrides. It's one of those closed environment murder mysteries where the killer is among us, we can't get away, the killer can't get away, & people are dying all around us. Throw in a storm that cuts everyone off from communication & various horrible deaths & you've got a chilling read.

Once again Beckett proves that he can write well & that he has a really good (& somewhat twisted) imagination.
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S.D.
David Hunter is a forensic anthropologist whose expertise is requested in Scotland when a woman's body is found burned by what appears to be spontaneous human combustion. On closer examination, Hunter determines otherwise. But with a storm brewing on this remote island and no means of communication, the killer does everything he can to protect his secrets and wait until it is safe to leave the island. An interesting read although there were more supposed accidents and bodies than on Jessica Flet ...more
Tomasz
Kontynuacja cyklu o antropologu sadowym Davidzie Hunterze. Po świetnym pierwszym tomie wrażenia z drugiego miałem dość mieszane. Początkowo. Faktycznie do połowy powieści akcja nie za bardzo mnie wciągnęła, choć z kolei autor świetnie odmalował społeczność zamieszkującą niewielką wysepkę Hebrydów. Od połowy powieść wciągnęła mnie bez reszty. To ponownie typowo brytyjski kryminał,w którym kazdy uczynek ma swoje konsekwencje, a bohaterowie z niebezpieczeństwa wychodzą zmienieni, często okaleczeni. ...more
Bookworms
Usually I don't read thriller. But since it's more and more difficult for me to find a fantasy series which fits with my high standard I don't hesitated to read something else and take a break from all the fantasy stuff. I don't know the author or had heard something about the books before. But someone gave me the audiobook and said it's good and so I took it and started to "read" it.
Yeah what I heard was from the beginning till the end very exciting. To be honest I'm still overwhelmed by this a
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Carol Kerry-green
Another excellent novel by Simon Beckett. In this one there are more twists and turns, even down to the last page, some of which I saw coming and some of which I certainly didn't!

Again, the descriptive writing is excellent, not just the description of the dead bodies and crime scenes, but of the landscape and the people.

Roll on number 3 which I've just ordered from the library. No. 4 looks like it's out later this year!
Barış Erdem
Son derece sürükleyici ve gerilim dolu bir kitap.Yazarın ilk kitabı ölümün kimyası da güzeldi ama bence bu kitapta kendini aşmış. Karakterler son derece güçlü, kurgu sağlam. Okuyucuyu ters köşeye yatıran katil tahminlerinin her geçen sayfa değiştiği bu tarz kitapları çok seviyorum bu nedenle polisiye - gerilim sevenlere şiddetle öneririm.
Stefanie
Well, I'm not exactly going to write a review about this but, instead, I'm going to ask a question: How can you possibly destroy such a promising story with such a lame ending?? I had hopes for this book - just as for its predecessor - but Beckett's formulaic "final twists" ultimately always destroy the stories for me. I'm disappointed.
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After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensi ...more
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