Publish Date: August 24, 2010
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Synopsis: John Lowery was declared dead in 1968 - the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?
Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery's grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis - to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how "ex" is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery's dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies - all identified as Lowery.
And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu's flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister?
Review: When a body pulled from the water in Quebec and identified as a man who had died in 1968, the search for the truth is on. Leading from Quebec to North Carolina to Hawaii to Vietnam of the past, Tempe's got her work cut out for her. She's got to figure out what happened in this who's who mystery with the strings not coming together until near to the end. It really keeps you guessing and every time one layer is pulled away, three more spring up. This is a complex book with great characters and a tight storyline. I love the fact that Ms. Reichs doesn't 'water down' the science or make it fit the circumstances. This is another great novel in the Temperance Brennan series!