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A forensic anthropologist is on a trail that stretches from prehistoric times to a present danger.
Gideon Oliver, professor of forensic anthropology is known as the Skeleton Detective. When a child is kidnapped. and construction workers find human bones, Gideon agrees to identify them.
A Boston ex-curator finds one of the art treasures lost in 1945 by the Nazis. Now he must find the other treasures before 50 years of hatred, greed and retribution catch up with him.
An Edgar Award Winner (Best Mystery of the Year), a pile of human bones has been unearthed in the dank cellar of the ancient du Rocher estate on the isle of Mont St. Michel.
There is a small village in France that is well known for its page de foie gras and bones, boasting the largest concentration of prehistoric bones in Europe, where people occasionally commit murder.
From Edgar Award winner Aaron Elkins comes a gripping masterwork of suspense, an astonishing, globe-spanning adventure that plunges an ordinary man in a deadly morass of lies, guilt, murder, and terrible secrets spawned when a world exploded in war. Pete Simon's all-American life was everything he ever wished for: a good home, a satisfying career, and a marriage still strong and loving after nearly twenty years. But in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, everything is about to change. And it begins with the appearance of a stranger at his door. The man ranting madly about money, death, and forgiveness is unknown to Pete-but not to his distraught wife, Lily. Only when the man has gone does the truth come out. The unwelcome visitor was Lily's father, whom she had claimed died long ago in their native France. The next day he is dead, his savagely beaten body washed up in a nearby marsh-and Lily disappears, leaving a note behind begging Pete not to follow her. As a nation mourns its fallen leader, Pete Simon is devastated by a tragedy of his own. Now, with a business card from an antiques dealer in Barcelona as his only lead, he sets out to find his missing wife, embarking on a twisted and perilous journey that will carry him to Europe, where the hideous crimes of the Nazi aggressors remain fresh in the minds of those who cannot forget... or forgive. But each door Pete opens leads him deeper into a painful and shocking past, slowly revealing secrets of greed, terror, guilt, and treacherous collaboration with a monstrous enemy that could shatter everything he believes in and destroy everything he loves. And suddenly he has become more than a concerned husband and seeker of a bitter truth; he has become the target of desperate, dangerous men and their terrifying vengeance. A haunting parable of good and evil and the many shifting shades of humanity in between, Aaron Elkins's Turncoat is an extraordinary reading experience, a compelling, provocative, and rocket-paced roller- coaster ride with surprises at every turn that will leave the reader breathless.
The dead man is the manager of Tahiti's Paradise Coffee Plantation, producer of the most expensive coffee bean in the world, the winey, luscious Blue Devil. Nothing tangible points to foul play behind his fall from a cliff, but FBI agent John Lau, a relative of the coffee-growing family, has his suspicions. What he needs is evidence, and who better to provide it than his friend, anthropologist Gideon Oliver, the Skeleton Detective? Gideon is willing to help, but surprisingly--and suspiciously--both the police and the other family members refuse to okay an exhumation order. As a result, Gideon, to his surprise and against his better judgment, finds himself sneaking into a graveyard under cover of night with John, a flashlight, and a shovel--not exactly up to the professional standards of the world's most famous forensic anthropologist, but necessary under the circumstances. Gideon prefers his bones ancient, dry, and dusty, but the body he must examine had lain in the tropical sun for a week before it was found, and then buried native-style--shallowly, with no casket--so it is not exactly his...well, cup of tea. But it's not the state of the remains that bothers him the most, it's the deeper human ugliness that his examination uncovers: subtle clues that do indeed point to foul play, to mistaken identity, and to a murderous conspiracy that may have percolated through the family for decades--and brewed a taste for murder.
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