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The chemistry of death, Simon Beckett

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The chemistry of death
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The chemistry of death
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Simon Beckett
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eng
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A former high-profile forensic anthropologist keeps his past a secret while hiding himself in an isolated English village, until he is asked by the police to use his arcane skills to help track down the killer of a young woman, whose murder becomes only the first in a series of twisted mutilation killings
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  • With so many women forensic specialists on the mystery circuit, its a pleasure to have a man join the ranks--even if he is a reluctant draftee. Endeavoring to escape a tragedy that took his wife and young daughter, David Hunter leaves forensics behind to take a job in a rural medical practice in a tightly knit English village. Although still an outsider even after three years on the job, David has begun to make a friends; he has even met a woman he likes. Suddenly, the village is turned on its ear; one of its own is a serial killer, and David, at first a suspect, is enlisted to apply his medical specialty to find the killer. When his girlfriend is kidnapped, he can no longer pretend detachment, and his involvement leads to unraveling some terrifying, surprising secrets about people he thought he knew. Lets hope Hunter returns quickly and Beckett continues to find such a nice balance between forensic detail and thrilling action. -- Stephanie Zvirin (Reviewed 08-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 22, p46)
  • British author Beckett (Fine Lines ) delivers a promising serial-killer whodunit, the first of a new crime series. Dr. David Hunter, a successful forensic anthropologist, retreats to the quiet Norfolk village of Manham, where he works as a general practitioner, after a drunk driver claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Three years after this tragedy, the shattering discovery of the mutilated corpse of a neighbor, Sally Palmer, forces Hunter back into the world of studying decomposing corpses. When another woman disappears, Hunter and the police conclude that a serial predator is at work, and they race against time to prevent a second murder. High quality prose and a compelling if flawed hero haunted by the memory of his family help compensate for a plot that starts strongly but winds down to a somewhat predictable resolution. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 17, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 28, p138)
  • /* Starred Review */ Forensic anthropologist Dr. David Hunter moves to a rural British village, hoping to escape his tragic past. Unfortunately, the young widower finds his life in turmoil again when a serial killer begins to prey on local women. Upon learning of Hunter's criminal investigation expertise, the local police make it abundantly clear that he must assist. As young females continue to be kidnapped, turning up dead in disturbing poses, the villagers' recognition that one of their own is responsible for the ritualistic slayings magnifies the horror. (What is one to make of a serial killer who inserts swan wings into a victim's torso?) Old secrets are revealed, and suspicions rise along with the sweltering summer heat. Once Hunter and the police figure out the killer's pattern, their desperate race against time makes this thriller nearly impossible to set aside. The gory crimes in all their detail will entice CSI , Patricia Cornwell, and Kathy Reichs fans, but it's the subtle psychological nuances that make this debut really shine. Highly recommended.—Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., CA --Teresa L. Jacobsen (Reviewed September 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 15, p46)
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144927
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Beckett, Simon
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PR6052.E286
  • PS3552.E276
LC item number
  • C47 2006
  • C47 2006
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fiction
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True
Series statement
David Hunter
Series volume
bk. 1
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  • Forensic anthropologists
  • England
  • England
  • Forensic anthropologists
  • England
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The chemistry of death, Simon Beckett
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ocm70054352
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24 cm.
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vi, 313 pages
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9780440335955
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2006046391
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rdamedia
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9780385340045
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(OCoLC)70054352
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The chemistry of death, Simon Beckett
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocm70054352
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24 cm.
Extent
vi, 313 pages
Isbn
9780440335955
Lccn
2006046391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
9780385340045
Specific material designation
regular print
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(OCoLC)70054352

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