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Fire and Bones

The brand new thriller in the bestselling Temperance Brennan series, its 'Reichs at her very best' (Mail)

About The Book

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with a new twisty, unputdownable thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

It’s never easy working fire scenes.

Called to Washington, DC to analyse the victims of a mysterious arson attack, Tempe quickly finds her misgivings justified. The fire site is in Foggy Bottom, a neighbourhood with a colourful history, and as the pieces start falling into place, the property’s ownership becomes more and more suspicious.

Sensing a good story, Tempe teams up with a new ally, telejournalist Ivy Doyle. Delving into the past, the duo learns that back in the Thirties and Forties the home was the hangout of a group of bootleggers and racketeers known as the Foggy Bottom Gang. Though interesting, this fact seems irrelevant – until the son of one of the gang members is shot dead at his farm in Virginia.

When another Foggy Bottom Gang-linked property burns to the ground, claiming one more victim, what might have been coincidence starts to look more like targeted attacks. As she and Ivy dig deeper, Tempe’s instincts point towards the obvious: somehow, her every move since coming to Washington has been anticipated in advance. And every path forward brings with it a lethal threat.


‘A thing of clever beauty – smart, scary, complicated, and engrossing’ Michael Connelly

‘This page-turning series never lets the reader down’ Harlan Coben

‘One of my favourite writers’ Karin Slaughter

‘I await the next Kathy Reichs thriller with the same anticipation I have for the new Lee Child or Patricia Cornwell’ James Patterson

About The Author

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Kathy Reichs's first novel, Déjà Dead, published in 1997, won the Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was an international bestseller. To date, she has written twenty-two novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of Fox Television's longest running scripted drama, Bones, which was based on her work and her novels. One of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Kathy divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Québec. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @KathyReichs, Instagram @KathyReichs or Facebook @KathyReichsBooks.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (April 10, 2025)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398531215

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