Ten years ago, forensic anthropologist/author/television producer Kathy Reichs was at Ground Zero, sifting through the rubble of the fallen Twin Towers to find human remains. She spent much of the last year working as an expert witness on the Casey Anthony case, examining Caylee Anthonys remains and visiting the crime scene. And next month, shell be in the Middle East as part of a USO author tour visiting active military personnel. But today, shell be at Murder by the Book reading from and signing copies of her newest novel, Flash and Bones.
Busy with two simultaneously successful careers as a scientist and a novelist, Reichs has written more than a dozen bestselling books featuring Temperance Brennan, a character she based on herself. A slightly different version of that character is the focus of the television series Bones, now entering its seventh season.
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In Flash and Bones, Tempe finds herself at a NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. While thousands of fans are descending on the area, a body is found in a landfill. Tempes drawn into the investigation when a NASCAR team crew member asks her to determine if the unidentified body might be his sister, whos been missing for years. Amid the race tracks festival atmosphere, Tempe uncovers a complicated and ominous plot that reaches further than she could have ever imagined. 6:30 p.m. 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Thu., Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m., 2011