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Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan #3)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Speaking in Bones—“Fans of TV’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation should be in heaven” (People) stepping into the world of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, star of Kathy Reichs’s electrifyingly authentic bestsellers.

Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is fatally shot on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager di
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 8th 2000 by Scribner (first published 2000)
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Bobby Underwood
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Reichs’s creation of Temperance Brennan appeared to be a mirror image of the author. Reichs was a forensic anthropologist for the state of North Carolina and the province of Quebec, Canada when I first read this many years ago. Deadly Decisions is the third book in this series and while it's too hit and miss overall, this one is a nice read.

Temperance is called away from Quantico when a young girl named Emily Anne becomes an innocent victim in the escalating turf war between biker gangs in
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nick Davies
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I'm not sure whether I didn't like this as much as some of the other Temperance Brennan novels I've read due to it being one of the earlier in the series, or whether I'm just getting a bit tired of aspects of this novel that I didn't like. It was somewhat predictable, somewhat heavy with technical aspects, somewhat reliant on unbelievable co-incidences.

The novel focuses on Brennan's involvement in a case following the discovery of bones/corpses thought to be related to biker gang activity in Mon
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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Shannon Winward
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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