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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (July 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671028375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671028374
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan joins the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team mobilized to investigate an airplane crash in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains, she literally stumbles on a body part that doesn't match up with the remains of any of the plane's passengers. The leg she grabs out of the jaws of a coyote feeding on the carnage scattered around the site belongs to an unidentified elderly man, and seems to have no connection with the disaster. But an abandoned hunting lodge near the crash site does, although before Tempe can figure out exactly how they're linked, she's pulled off the DMORT unit and forced to stand idly by as her professional reputation goes up in flames. When Andrew Ryan, a detective familiar to readers of Kathy Reichs's earlier books (Deja Dead, Death du Jour, Deadly Decisions), appears on the scene, another mystery begins to unfold. There seems to be no trace of two men on the plane's manifest, Ryan's partner and his seatmate, a criminal who was being escorted back to Canada via Washington, D.C., the doomed flight's final destination, to stand trial for murder.

As usual, Reichs serves up a solid helping of forensic science as the DMORT operatives do their thing, and Tempe traces the remains of a man killed 40 years ago to a series of ritual murders of senior citizens, and further to those whose influence was responsible for her firing. Reichs keeps the narrative moving along despite the somewhat ponderous technical and scientific information; her pacing is brisk and her series heroine in fine form. Tempe's romantic life gets more interesting with every new adventure. A solid thriller that will please the best-selling author's regular readers and serve as a good introduction to new ones. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With four crime thrillers to her name, Reichs (Deadly Decisions) seems to have settled into a comfortable routine with forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, whose adventures grow more engrossing with each outing. Here, Tempe takes on an especially gruesome case in a richly plotted tale about an airline crash, missing body parts and cannibalism. The story opens in the rugged backwoods of North Carolina, where Tempe must identify the dead from the remains of a passenger jet that spiraled straight into the ground. While rummaging through the grisly debris, she comes across a foot that doesn't appear to match any of the 88 dead people aboard the jet. As investigators determine what brought the plane down, Tempe looks into the mystery of the foot. That seemingly well-intentioned pursuit gets her fired. Her ouster appears to be the doing of Lt. Gov. Parker Davenport, an ambitious politician taking an abnormal interest in the crash. Tempe, determined to restore her reputation, plows back into the case on the sly. What she finds is evidence of a chilling, depraved episode in local history that upends many common perceptions about North Carolina's political and business elite. Reichs, herself a highly accomplished forensic anthropologist, expertly directs a busy plot that moves with electrical force in the final quarter. She capitalizes on the morbid yet captivating aspects of the forensic trenchwork, yet never lets it overwhelm her story. But it is Reichs's ongoing development of Tempe a woman in her 50s with a mature understanding of human nature, and a self-deprecating sense of humor that truly lifts the book above many of its peers. (On-sale: July 17)

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Alderdice on Aug. 4 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kathy Reichs' latest Tempe Brennan thriller takes place in the lesser-visited half of Brennan's two homes, North Carolina. When a commercial jetliner crashes into the mountains of North Carolina, Tempe Brennan answers the call to help dig through the devastation. Little does she know that even the horrors involved in this gruesome task will not be the worst she is going to face in the coming days and weeks.
Always one to take great pride in her work and her professionalism, Tempe is devastated when charges are brought against her and she is thrown from the DMORT investigation and recovery team. Determined to clear her name, Tempe soon finds herself in a web of deceit and corruption with a history - and a present - that will rock the state to its core.
As always, Reichs presents a crisp story with compelling characters and a beautiful tangle of mysteries. Readers often compare Tempe Brennan to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, and I can't say that I disagree with the assessment. However, I find that I am more willing to relate to Tempe Brennan than I am Kay Scarpetta, though I'm not sure why. Perhaps Reichs has not yet put Brennan in quite as many personally harrowing and extraordinary situations as Cornwell has placed Scarpetta in. Maybe it's the lack of multiple professional degrees (Scarpetta having both law and medical degrees). Or maybe it's just that Brennan is (marginally) closer to my age. Whatever it is, as much as I love Kay Scarpetta, I'm finding that I like Tempe Brennan even more.
I found Fatal Voyage to be very interesting, fast-paced, with believable characters and a plot that left your mind racing. I do think it would be of benefit to read Reichs' previous Brennan works to get a more complete feel for the characters and for Tempe's history, some of which plays into the plot of this novel. All in all, a great read, and does nothing to dissipate my overall admiration of Kathy Reichs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annalisa Weigand on April 2 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book as part of a forensic antropology class I am taking, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by it. After starting another book on my reading list, THE BODY FARM by Patricia Cornwell, I quit Cornwell's book because I hated the soap-opera style and so-called scientific evidence in the story, which was so sad and inaccurate and bothersome that even I, a cinema student with just VERY minimal personal-interest background in forensic anthropology, could see huge gaping holes from square one. Fearing the same for Reichs's book, but needing to complete my assignment just the same, I started reading FATAL VOYAGE, and was pleasantly surprised. I am not a huge fan of the mystery genre, preferring nonfiction reads, but I did find that this book had a healthy dose of science along with its generally intriguing plotline, and it did hold my interest. I do have a few complaints about conveniently placed evidence (an untrainted dog happens to sniff out a key cadaver, the mysterious foot that started the whole thing is just lying there), and too contrived plot lines, but I was pretty happy with the scientific methodology presented in this story. Granted, I don't know a whole lot, but I didn't see any glaring errors. Anyway, if you like mystery, intrigue, and, of course, forensic anthropology, you will probably like this book. It's not on my all-time favorites list or anything, but at least I can say it is more of a nail-biting thriller, and less of a hair-pulling frustration, than is Cornwell's BODY FARM, and, dispite a few brow-raising coincidences, I obviously liked the book a bit, as I am here on Amazon buying a copy after checking out my initial read from the library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 28 2001
Format: Hardcover
(Mini-spoilers in this review) This book starts out with great promise -- a truly gripping opening. But it quickly degenerates into formulaic, young-adult level plotting: our heroine is nearly run down by a shady figure driving a dark car . . . her room is ransacked . . . her superiors conspire against her. Clearly the author knows her stuff regarding forensic anthropology. But instead of weaving technical details into her story in an interesting manner, she tends to recite them (as if from a textbook) for paragraphs on end. The reader almost never gets into the protagonist's head -- and when we do, the character is neither complex nor particularly interesting. Some of the supporting characters might be appealing but are not well enough developed. The ending is certainly unexpected but seemed included primarily for its shock value. Getting to the climax was more tedious than exciting. I found myself finishing the book only because I'd already invested a few hours in reading it, not because I actually cared how it ended. Overall, the book is OK but not at the level of the better Cornwell novels and not as well presented as the CSI television program which deals with similar issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on March 15 2002
Format: Hardcover
Tempe Brennan is called in to a plane crash in NC. Andy Ryan is there because his partner was escorting a prisoner back to Canada. They save a foot from coyotes, only to find that the foot doesn't belong to anyone on the flight's passenger list. As Tempe works on the identification, she finds that she is suddenly persona non grata at the crash site. Apparently the person who wants her off the site is none other that the Lieutenant Governor Dashwood. Why?
This is the best yet of Reichs' books. They seem to get better and better. I read it in one sitting, I was sleepy the next day at work, but I just couldn't put it down!
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