NC’s Kathy Reichs Comes Out With 20th Novel In Blockbuster “Bones” Series


WILMINGTON, North Carolina (WECT) – Best-selling author Kathy Reichs marks a milestone with her latest mystery, The bone code. The book is the twentieth novel in his series on forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

The series served as the inspiration for Fox Television’s longest-running scripted drama BONE.

“I was just hoping to publish a book and here we are 20 years later and 246 TV episodes later,” said Reichs, whose first book Already dead became a New York Times bestseller and won him the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel.

The bone code follows Brennan as she sets out to help the Charleston Coroner when a hurricane washes a medical waste container that contains two decomposed bodies. The case reflects an unsolved mystery that Brennan dealt with in Quebec years earlier.

“She is passionate about justice for the living and dead,” Reichs said of the character.

In the novel, Brennan travels between Charlotte, Isle of Palms, and Montreal, as she works tenaciously to collect evidence. These are all familiar places to Reichs, who divides his time between Charlotte and Montreal.

While Brennan’s investigation has enabled her to learn more about mRNA and vaccine development as an epidemic of mysterious origin spreads across South Carolina, Reichs said it had started to write the book before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m always looking for things that might be on people’s minds years, two or three years down the road, because it takes me a year to write a book and a year to produce the book,” a- she declared. “I had read this little article on a Chinese doctor who against all the agreements of the scientific community took our knowledge of the human genome and the CRISPR tool to notify change the genome and he did it to unborn babies and everyone has ethically agreed that we’re not going to do this. So I thought wow that’s an interesting premise. What if we have someone doing this or for some nefarious reasons? So this is one of the intrigues of the book.

The result is a timely and curvy book, leaving fans of the character and the Reichs begging for more. Fortunately, this is what they will get. Reichs said she had two more books on Brennan in the works.

“I just signed a new contract for two more,” she said. “So there will be at least 22. The next one is called provisionally Cold and cold bones and that’s all I’m going to tell you about it.

Much like the chapters in his books, Reichs leaves us with a cliffhanger.

To learn more about Reichs, who is one of 100 forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, click here.

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