Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
July 11, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bare Bones

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kathy Reichs
publisher
Scribner
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C+

Temperance Brennan is the kind of woman that you’d want to go drinking with, if only she weren’t sober: a smart, wry forensic anthropologist with a charming mix of worldliness and world-weariness. Unfortunately, the cases she’s assigned in her sixth novelistic appearance are numbingly dull. Suffice it to say that the play on words of the title — the plot involves bear poaching — is as uninspired as the investigations. Still, Reichs, herself a forensic anthropologist, has created such a winning character that we’re willing to pass this off as a bad day at work.

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