Fatal Voyage by Kathy
Temperance Brennan Series
Simon and Schuster, - July 2001
ISBN: 0684859726 -Hardcover
Suspense / Forensic Pathology
Reviewed by Beverly
J. Rowe, MyShelf.com
In this fourth Temperance
Brennan story, Tempe is recruited into the Disaster Mortuary Operational
Response Team (DMORT) to investigate a plane crash in North Carolina.
It's grueling, mind bending work. In one scene that challenges the imagination
and stretches belief a good deal, Tempe retrieves a human foot from a
coyote. It turns out that the foot belonged to an elderly male who was
dead long before the plane crash occurred.
When Tempe is fired
from DMORT shortly after finding the foot, and questioning it's relevance
to the plane crash, she is sure that someone does not want her to get
any closer to the truth, and it may be the Lieutenant Governor of the
State. Then her life is threatened.
Kathy Reichs is a forensic
anthropologist, so her accurately depicted forensic details add considerable
interest to her writing, although some readers are turned off by the gruesomeness
of these scenes where she describes the smell and look of death. The characters
are believable, and some are returning characters from previous Brennan
stories. I loved her newest character; Boyd, the dog, but I do wish she
would make up her mind about her feelings toward her ex-husband Pete and
co-worker Andrew Ryan.
I have trouble keeping
track of the many organizations that are referred to only by initials
after the first introduction of them. (DMORT, MCME, NTSB...now what did
The multi-layered suspense
filled plot keeps you guessing from the very first page, and up all night.
If fast moving thrillers are your cup of tea, I highly recommend this