Synopsis of Flash and Bones
In Flash and Bones 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?
Synopsis of Flash and Bones taken from Amazon
Review of Flash and Bones
Kathy Reichs releases one book a year from the Temperance Brennan series. I spend that year, from August to August, waiting for it to come out, because she’s one of my favorite authors since I read the first one in 1999. Well, I have to say that, even though I still like them, I find them increasingly weak.
The stories are still good and the characters are still good, though when Detective Andrew Ryan is absent it loses virtually every touch of humor. The problem is that they are getting shorter, the forensic part loses depth and with each new book it becomes more difficult to justify a forensic surgeon doing the work of the detectives and who always ends up in the hospital for investigating on her own.
In general, they’re less elaborate, as if she’s writing only to abide by the publisher. Still, they’re good, and I’ll continue to read them if I get a chance