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am 20. Juni 2000
Dr. Temperance Brennen, (Tempe for short) moves from North Carolina, leaving behind a shaky marriage and bad memories for Quebec to be the Director of Forensic Anthropology. When an unidentified female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in plastic trash bags, Tempe remembers a case that was very much like this one in North Carolina, but she cannot convince the police department so she must investigate on her own, which puts her life and some of her loved ones in danger, Can she solve the case before this happens?
This is one of the most gripping thrillers that I have ever read. I was always a big Patricia Cornwell fan, but Kathy Reichs' heroine, Dr. Tempe Brennen, has more depth and personality to her than Dr. Kay Scarpetta. When Kathy Reichs describes scenes, they are amazing in detail, especially in the forensic anthropology area. There are many surprising twists and turn throughout the book, and the ending is the real shocker.
Move over Patricia Cornwell you have been replaced by Dr. Kathy Reichs as far as I am concerned.
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am 8. September 1999
As the mother of two young boys,I found the 5 page description about baby mutilation a little too disturbing. I was sick to my stomach about it for weeks and I am an Operating room nurse! The story is well written, so if you have no qualms about the gory details of forensics, go for it.
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am 26. November 1999
Um es gleich vorweg zu nehmen, ich habe noch kein Buch von Patricia Cornwell gelesen, kann also den so oft angebrachten Vergleich der beiden Autorinnen nicht ziehen, sondern "Deja dead" nur als eigenständiges Werk betrachten. Wer weiß, daß er nichts mit forensischer Anthropologie anfangen kann, oder wer bei nicht alltäglichen Situationen in Bezug auf Tod und Todesfälle eher empfindlich reagiert, für den ist dieses Buch wahrscheinlich nicht gerade gut geeignet, denn dies sind die Hauptthemen des Buches. Dabei werden z.T. relativ ausführlich die Arbeitsumgebung und die Arbeitsweise der Protagonistin, Temperance Brennan, geschildert. Dies allerdings in einer leicht verständlichen Art und Weise, so daß auch bei Lesern ohne Vorwissen keine Verwirrung auftreten dürfte. Abgesehen von der Haupthandlung, die in einer Rezension eigentlich nicht verraten werden sollte, damit nicht alle Spannung verloren geht (gesagt sei nur: es geht um eine Mordserie an Frauen), fällt auf, daß die Autorin durchgehend erfolgreich versucht, dem Leser das besondere Umfeld vor Augen zu führen. Dies tut sie u.a. durch den Gebrauch von französischen Vokabeln, die sie in den englischen Text einstreut, denn die Protagonistin ist selbst keine Muttersprachlerin des in Quebec, dem Ort der Handlung, gebräuchlichen Französisch. Und die wenigsten Leser werden dies sein, so daß man dies gut nachvollziehen kann. Wenn der Schluß vielleicht auch etwas zu sehr konstruiert wirken mag, kann man das Buch guten Gewissens empfehlen, u.a. auch durch das nicht x-beliebig austauschbare Setting. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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am 6. Juni 2000
I read the novel when living in North Carolina. Being a scientist from Montreal, I found the coincidence amusing... and that may be what kept me reading. I liked the plot, until the cliche "killer wants the cop" part, and the too many coincidences and strokes of good luck. Some, not to say most, of the characters are also rather thin and quite unidimensional. And I failed to feel any type of liking or association with Dr. Brennan, to the point where I could not care less if she did not survive the novel! I was also very disappointed by her portrayal of Montreal, which is dull, and quite off in my opinion, and by her less than accurate use of French; although since I am struggling daily with English myself I know how difficult it is to use another language. I still liked most of the book, its technical descriptions that were in part a bit gory but not unbearable (it's about a medical examiner after all), and the broad storyline. Despite what I wrote above, I could not really put the book down after I started. So I guess that all in all, it's a good one!
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am 27. September 1997
Of course, Kathy Reichs will be compared to Patricia Cornwell. Both feature single female forensics who solve serial killer murders with their knowledge and expertise. And both are slighted by their male counterparts. However, Reichs is a very talented writer who seems to have the strength to stand on her own feet. Cornwell, whose books keep getting worse, may want to take note of her competition. "Deja Dead" is an excellently written thriller that will keep you turning the pages. Her characters are intelligent, yet she does not hammer this into your head like Cornwell does. Tempe Brennan (our sleuth) is a likable character who remains memorable after the book is over. The only bad quality about her is she eats veal. The supporting characters are also well developed. I hope that Reichs writes more fiction!
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am 7. Januar 2000
I understand that many readers loved this novel and were caught up in the intrigue of the story; however, I couldn't get past the bad writing and character development (or non-development). For example, Claudel is supposed to be such an impossible person to work with, some kind of monster, yet if you re-read the first chapter, he virtually says or does nothing to confirm this. I was perplexed. Everything is over-described with visual references, as if Reichs is painting rather than writing. And yes, it's very much a copycat of Cornwell's successful character. Aside from that, I also understand that practice makes perfect. In the interest of all the rave reviews, I will now attempt Reich's second novel.
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am 1. Januar 2000
Kathy Reichs definitely has talent. I stumbled upon her book without any real interest in reading it but decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad I did! It was so informational and intriguing that I am now looking forward to getting her new one. If you like books that are in the same genre as Patricia Cornwell then you will love this book. The details of death are not too graphic but rather make you look at it as a forensic scientist would which takes away from the gruesomeness of it. You really get to know the characters and start to feel a connection to what's happening in the plot. I highly recommend this book if you have a good block of time lined out, because you won't want to put it down!
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am 4. Oktober 1999
As a great lover of the mystery/thriller genre,I thought the book interesting, but repetitive and its details very gruesome. Ms. Reichs never seems to be able to stop with a phrase itself, but continuesly adds comparisons, ie, his eyes were dark, like a sky on a gloomy night. I will read her next book, but I do wish she'd cut out the repetitiveness. I think her books would be more interesting.
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am 28. Juni 2001
At first the book didn't get all my attention like it deserved, because of the many many medical terms. Usually I don't have a problem with those and am used to them, but this was a little much for someone who's not a medical doctor. Also, although I'm not usually queasy, the descriptions were pretty vivid and turned my stomach sometimes. But all this was okay, because it didn't last long and the book became intruiging. I could not put it down anymore! The suspense was killing me. I've seldomly encountered a more twisted killer in the books I've read. And Tempe Brennan, the heroine of the book, is also a very well described and developed character. This book was my first Reichs and I will surely buy all the others.
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am 29. Mai 2000
Reichs is advertised as the next Patricia Cornwell. If only it were true. The title should be changed to Deja Plot. Stubborn shortsighted police cause heroine to act irresponsibly to solve crime. Yawn. It is not only completely predictible, but about two hundred pages too long, absolutely everything being described to death. It takes two pages just to walk down the street. Who cares if she buys steaks and chops at the grocery store, especially since she only eats frozen dinners or goes out. And the descriptions of lab processes go on page after endless page while nothing whatsoever happens. Most everyone is described within an inch of their life, often like an animal making you think it's science fiction, yet she doesn't describe the main character. Other mistakes include someone handing the heroine a handkerchief to stanch a wound, then pulling out his handkerchief to wipe his face. And she eats dinner at home then goes out to eat. I liked Cornwell's earlier books but this doesn't begin to compare.
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