Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan—star of Reichs’ popular series and the hit TV series that sprang from it—isn’t surprised to be invited to a meeting of the Charlotte, North Carolina, police department’s cold-case unit. But she is surprised to find out that a new suspect in several unsolved murders is Anique Pomerleau, a woman Tempe and her sometime partner, sometime lover Andrew Ryan first encountered several years ago (in 2005’s Monday Mourning). To find Pomerleau, Tempe must first find the man who knows Anique better than anyone else: Andrew Ryan, who disappeared after the death of his daughter and has cut off all contact with his colleagues and friends. This is a more personal Brennan novel than many in the series; it boasts an excellent story, but its real appeal is the continuing evolution of the relationship between Tempe and Andrew, who have seen more than their share of emotional and professional turmoil over the years (fans of the TV series who haven’t read the books, be warned: the books are set in a different period of Brennan’s life, and feature an entirely different supporting cast). A fine entry in a long-running series.
This review originally appeared in Booklist, September 2014.