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A gripping high-stakes thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, from Number One Bestselling author Kathy Reichs.


Called in to examine what is left of a body struck by lightning, Tempe traces an unusual tattoo to its source and is soon embroiled in a much larger case. Young men – tourists – have been disappearing on the islands of Turks and Caicos for years. Seven years ago, the first victim was found with both hands cut off; the other visitors vanished without a trace. But recently, tantalizing leads have emerged and only Tempe can unravel them.

Maddeningly, the victims seem to have nothing in common – other than the unusual locations where their bodies are eventually found, and the fact that the young men all seem to be the least likely to be involved in foul play. Do these attacks have something to do with the islands’ seething culture of gang violence? Tempe isn’t so sure. And then she turns up disturbing clues that what’s at stake may actually have global significance.

It isn’t long before the sound of a ticking clock grows menacingly loud, and then Tempe herself becomes a target . . .


‘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 favorite 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 (March 28, 2024)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398510869

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'Over the course of twenty books, Kathy Reichs and Tempe Brennan have thrilled readers with pacey, mazey tales grounded in real science, with plots springing from the author's prodigious knowledge and passion for truth and justice. We readers are truly grateful' Ian Rankin

'Nobody writes a more imaginative thriller than Kathy Reichs' Clive Cussler

'One of the absolute best thrillers of the year!' Jeffery Deaver

'Sinister and chilling' Lisa Gardner

'Read this book' David Baldacci

'So many pulse-pounding twists and surprises' R. L. Stine

'The crowning achievement of a master storyteller, a feaast for her many fans, and a delight for new readers' Nelson DeMille

'The Queen of forensic crime' Evening Standard

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