- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: Pocket Star; Auflage: Reprint (1. August 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0671011375
- ISBN-13: 978-0671011376
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,5 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 79 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 128.318 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan Novels) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2000
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"Atmospheric, suspensefully paced.... a delectable tale of corpus delicti...bone-chilling prime crime."
"Brennan is a winner, and so is Reichs."
-- Daily News (New York)
Dr. Temperance Brennan draws on all her forensic skills to investigate a series of seemingly unrelated events, beginning with horrifying deaths in a Quebec fire and some startling discoveries in distant North Carolina.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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On the other hand, she clearly knows forensic medicine, and is a good enough writer to bring forward information about that career in a way that interests the reader. I also think that if you gave Temperance a halfway decent plot, I might even like her as a character. The trouble is that when everything around her is so contrived, it's hard to care about her as a person.
I hope in her next book she takes some of her obvious talent and aims it at the plot.
This book really grabbed me from the very first page and held me on the end of my seat, and what a wonderful ride it was. I cannot wait for the next installment of Tempe, which will be Death Decisions. To entice us, Dr. Reichs gave a sampling of the new book in the back of Death DeJour.
Although I liked Ms. Reich's first book "Deja Death" -- mainly because it took place in Montreal and had an exotic setting -- certain aspects of it bothered me. I found myself very irritated with Ms. Reich's second book. Ms Reichs books seem to consist of warmed over material from other books. While Reichs books may be based on real events, and I am sure she is a good nonfiction writer, she does not write fiction very well. For one thing, "Death du Jour" is far too busy. There are too many characters and not enough character development, too many plot twists and subplots and not enough development of the central plot.
For me, one of the great attactions of Poirot, Morse, or Kay Scarpetta is the mental game. 'Du jour' is loaded with action but don't expect much of a mental game. Sure, I know police work is different from detection, but Cornwall does both--that's what makes her stories so strong.
Also, I like a lead character I can identify with on some level. One appealing characteristic of Kay Scarpetta is her ability to reflect. All through her novels Ms. Cornwall has Scarpetta pull back and reflect. Often she does it over a meal she has prepared for her sidekick detective.
Ms. Reichs character Tempe Brennan attempts to do this but even when she sits in front of her fire place she's nervous and twitchy and something is always happening, from break-ins to fires. Tempe Brennan is very nearly perfect, and she is far to active and she needs to cut back on the diet coke.
Oh somewhere, someone might try to do everything Tempe does, but I seriously doubt they could do any of it very well. My willing suspension of disbelief gets pretty stretched with Tempe. How many times is she going to be beaten, mugged, burgled, and held prisoner. This is only book two and she's been pretty battered already. And, she's a fool at times. She deals with the worst sort of killer, and refuses to carry a weapon--give me a break.
In "Death du Jour", over a three week period, Tempe Brennan becomes involved in some facet or other of investigations into at least ten suspicious deaths. These bodies scattered from Canada to Beaufort SC. And Brennan is teaching a graduate course at UNC, writing papers for a professional conferences, investigating the bones of a supposed RC saint, and taking time out for a weekend getogether with her college age daughter. I was exhausted by the middle of the book. (And she jogs regularly!)
Let me add that it includes a rather unappetizing make-out scene - God knows why! I have aboslutely nothing against a female lead having a love interest, but it seems quite obvious that the author is not only inexperienced but also uncomfortable when it comes to writing love scenes. Oh well... Romance sells, I suppose, even if it's poorly written. The best thing about the clumsy description is that we are spared the "insert tab A in slot B" part.
The only plausible - and hence best - part of the story was the plotline about the old bones in the church, and that took up maybe 50 pages of the book.
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