Tuesday, 26 July 2011

A 'Secret Historian', Fictional Forensics, Poisoned Land And 'What Women Want' : NPR

New In Paperback: July 18-24

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July 20, 2011

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Kathy Reichs, Judy Pasternak, Justin Spring and Paco Underhill.

Spider Bones

Spider Bones

by Kathy Reichs

Paperback, 369 pages, Pocket Books, $7.99, published July 19 2011 | purchase

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Fictional forensics prodigy Temperance Brennan is the alter ego of real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who is a producer of the Fox TV show Bones and the author of the series of novels that inspired it. This 13th installment in the series is a page turner that sheds light on the tangled webs of criminal justice and how forensic anthropology can be used to solve decades-old mysteries. But while forensic techniques, such as bite mark and footprint analysis, have become staples of police show plot lines, Reichs says many programs don't reflect the reality of forensics investigations. "Most real crime labs simply don't have access to those expensive high-tech tools," Reichs tells Neal Conan. "It does raise perhaps unrealistic expectations about what will be available in every single case."

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