Rogue Reader's Reviews > Fellowship of Fear
by Aaron Elkins
Aaron Elkins will be in Southern Oregon for Ashland Mystery on August 13, 2010 at 6pm, Bookwagon. For more information visit Books And Old Lace. I can't wait, and have been re-reading all of the Gideon Oliver series in order.
Fellowship of Fear was Aaron Elkins' first Gideon Oliver book published in 1982, way before the current CSI and bones crop of forensic crime fiction came out. It's different from the other Gideon books, and it made me laugh - Gideon's a physical anthropologist sure, but he's frequently flexing his powerful muscles, executing a perfect kick to the head (he read about the technique somewhere), and seducing beautiful women.
I liked too the academic politics of the work, and how Gideon astounds his more staid, conservative colleagues with his ability to read the bones of a murder victim.