BOOKENDS - How to Bury a Body

By Preston, John | The Spectator, September 3, 2011 | Go to article overview

BOOKENDS - How to Bury a Body


Preston, John, The Spectator


Dr Temperance Brenner, like her creator, Kathy Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist. She works in North Carolina, specialising in 'decomps and floaters'. This ensures that in Flesh and Bones (Heinemann, £18.99) you get plenty of authentic sounding detail with your gore.

So when a human hand is found sticking out of a drum full of asphalt at the local speedway track , Reich scare fully includes plenty of stuff about how to extract the body - start with a power saw, then move on to an air hammer - and about the drum itself : 'the size of the drum suggested a 35-gallon capacity.'

But there's plenty more to Reichs than just insider info. She's very good on character - Brennan, an alcoholic cat-lover, is an engaging mix of bullishness and vulnerability - while her plots are delicately knotted and full of tension. …

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