Monday, February 9, 2009

'Deadly Decisions' by Kathy Reichs



Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs was my first try at both forensic thriller and Reichs’ writing from which TV series ‘Bones’ arose. The thriller wounds around a ‘new millennium mafia’, the biker gangs first created in the U.S. and then branched out to Canada. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist, who volunteers her help to the Montreal special unit created to fight the bike crime. Tempe is shocked and pushed to action after a little girl is accidentally shot to death in the rivaling biker gangs’ shootout. She swears to herself that she will get the people responsible for it behind bars. It doesn’t take long for Tempe to realize that she might have gotten more than she bargained for.

When I started reading Deadly Decisions I was really excited. I have heard a lot of good things about her novels. The reviews promised at lot of thrills and action so I really looked forward to indulging myself. However, I quickly became skeptical of the whole spin. Maybe because it’s a forensic thriller, but I did not like the dry tone the book was set in. Almost no emotions coming from any of the characters, including the main one, Tempe Brennen. Definitely too many medical and technical explanations on how the process of blood spatters or bone restructuring work, so many in fact, that whole chapters could have been taken out and the book would lose nothing of its main content. The action did pick up towards the end and there were even a couple of surprises, but it only left me wishing that the book were as interesting from the beginning. I have to say I was really disappointed with the book. I only hope that it may be due to my inexperience in forensic fiction or the fact that it was one of Ms. Reichs’ early novels. I still own one more book in the Tempe Brennan series and even though I am not quite looking forward to reading it, I am looking forward to giving it a second chance.