Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje.
Representing the Centre for Human Rights, Anil Tissera, a forensic pathologist, arrives in Sri Lanka, her birthplace, to investigate reports of political mass murders. Her task is complicated by uncertainty over the trustworthiness of her government appointed counterpart, Sarath Diyasena, an archaeologist. Some violence and some strong language.
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Black Notice by Patricia Daniels Cornwell.
Richmond medical examiner Kay Scarpetta investigates a decomposed body found on a freighter. Evidence leads her to Interpol in Paris, where she learns of a serial killer who calls himself a werewolf. Back in Virginia, Kay and policeman Peter Marino find more victims. Kay Scarpetta series, book 10. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
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Blind Alley by Iris Johansen
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan reconstructs a victim's face--one who eerily resembles Eve's adopted daughter Jane. While a serial killer targets Jane look-alikes, Jane's recurrent nightmares track the path of the murderer to her door. Some violence and some strong language.
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Blindsight by Robin Cook
Forensic pathologist Laurie Montgomery is concerned about the number of yuppies turning up in the morgue from overdoses of cocaine, especially when their families swear the victims were not involved in drugs. Investigation is squelched by Laurie's superiors, and she gets no help from her cop friend, who is more interested in corpses of mob victims. Laurie risks life and career for answers. Strong language.
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Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass
Widowed forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton, of the University of Tennessee's postmortem-decay research laboratory known as the "body farm," investigates circumstances surrounding the death of a murdered pregnant woman whose mummified body was found in a Cooke County cave. An uncooperative sheriff rekindles old feuds. Some strong language.
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The Crossing Places: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Elly Griffiths
Detective Harry Nelson consults forensic anthropologist Ruth Galloway about a child's remains found in England's Norfolk saltmarsh, sure they are those of decade-missing Lucy Downey. Although excited to learn that the bones are actually from the Iron Age, Ruth remains intrigued by the Downey case. Some strong language. 2009.
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Death of an Expert Witness by P.D. James.
When Dr. Edwin Lorrimer, a much disliked pathologist, is murdered with a weapon he is studying in his laboratory, Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in from Scotland Yard. The victim is known to have bullied his unstable assistant, but secret relationships also point to other suspects. Adam Dalgleisch series, book 7.
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Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs.
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan detects evidence of a serial killer when she examines a woman's sexually mutilated body. Frustrated by the slow pace of the police investigation, Brennan probes the crimes on her own and becomes the target of a murderous psychopath. Temperance Brennan series, book 1. Strong language and violence.
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Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs.
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan examines the remains of a nun who is a candidate for sainthood. Meanwhile, she learns a multiple murder in the Laurentian Mountains is tied to a cult, a group her sister recently joined with branches in South Carolina and Texas. Temperance Brennan series, book 2. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex.
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Final Seconds by John Lutz.
Police bomb squad sergeant Will Harper, retired after losing part of his hand, visits his former partner who works security for a famous writer. When an explosion kills the friend and his employer, Harper teams up with ex-FBI profiler Harold Addleman to catch the person targeting celebrities, including an English princess. Strong language and violence.
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House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Eighteen-year-old Jacob Hunt, who has Asperger's syndrome, lives with his mother and younger brother and has a social-skills tutor. Jacob is obsessed with forensic science. When a murder occurs in Jacob's small world, both his hobby and his condition make him a suspect. Strong language.
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The Liar's Lullaby by Meg Gardiner
Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is in the audience when country singer--and presidential ex-wife--Tasia McFarland is fatally shot while brandishing a gun behind a smokescreen in an onstage stunt. With inconclusive ballistics, Beckett must determine: was the death suicide--or political murder? Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex.
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Lovely in Her Bones: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel by Sharyn McCrumb
To explore her burgeoning interest in forensic anthropology, sociology student Elizabeth MacPherson joins an archaeological team working for a small North Carolina Native American tribe that is seeking recognition from the U.S. government. When the dig's leader Dr. Alex Lerche is murdered with a tomahawk, Elizabeth tracks the killer.
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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.
Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, tracks down a serial killer, known as Buffalo Bill, who preys exclusively on overweight women. He flays the victims' bodies and deposits the remains in rivers. The only clues are provided by another sociopathic killer, psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, who practices cannibalism. Hannibal Lecter series, book 2. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.
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Unknown Means: An Evelyn James Mystery by Elizabeth BecksAfter wealthy Grace Markham is strangled in her Cleveland penthouse, forensic specialist Evelyn James and her boyfriend, detective David Milaski, can't figure out how the killer got in. The case turns personal when Evelyn's coworker, who lives in the same building, is attacked. Some violence and some strong language.
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