As usual, the story is fast paced, and there is lots of really interesting forensic anthropological goodness. The title of the book, of course, refers to the number of bones in the human body. One thing of interest for Chicago-dwellers is that the setting for the first part of the book is Elmhurst. Tempe, who's originally from Illinois, comes back to visit her former in-laws, and while here she gets sucked into a missing persons case. I so enjoyed reading that part of the book-the body is found at the Thornton Quarry, just below the bridge that take Interstates 294 and 80 over the large hole in the ground where my daughter thought the Flintstones lived when she was little. This is, oh, about five minutes from my house. I drive over that bridge so often it doesn't even trigger my bridge phobia. Every step of their time in Chicago was recognizable to me...I love it when an author takes the time to get the details right.
I have to admit, I've felt let down by the last couple Reichs books. It seemed like she was phoning it in, and I thought that maybe concentrating on the show was taking away from her writing. But this book gives me hope that we are going to get out of the doldrums and get back to the fascinating exploration of forensic anthropology that is a Temperance Brennan novel.