Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble’s sister, Cindi, then a high-school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Could the body be Cindi’s? Or Cale’s?
At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, only to terminate it weeks later. Was there a cover-up? As Tempe juggles multiple theories, the discovery of a strange, deadly substance in the barrel alongside the body throws everything into question. Then an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goes missing during Race Week. Tempe can’t overlook the coincidence. Was this man using his lab chemicals for murder? Or is the explanation even more sinister? What other secrets lurk behind the festive veneer of Race Week?
A turbocharged story of secrets and murder unfolds in this, the 14th thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones about to enter its seventh season and in full syndication - and her most recent novel, Spider Bones, an instant New York Times best seller - Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.
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Why did I do this?
I've loved earlier Kathy Reichs books, but this one didn't do anything for me. It's about 40% plot/action, and about 60% question after question, recapping and emphasizing the various insolvable mysteries. I solved it, pretty quickly, and then slogged through hours of things like:
did Jim love Kathy?
did Mike know that Jim loved Kathy?
did Kathy love Jim?
did Sara know?
until I was saying
why am I still listening to this?
how much longer is this book?
will it ever end?
Also, I got some history lessons about NASCAR. I like the lessons about forensics. Car racing, not so much.
I'll probably buy future books from Reichs, but I sincerely hope she starts working more on plot, and less on just wordcount. The characters are interesting, and there are many ways that the stories CAN develop, so why don't we just go ahead and develop something?
The narration was good - the speaker was very easy to listen to, and I would definitely listen to her narration again.