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, Hardcover edition.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful: Head and Hands above the Rest, September 27, 2003 Reviewer: captainkatieosborne from Portland, Oregon and the sunny Caribbean Tempe Brennan hears on the radio while driving through North Carolina that a plane has gone down. She rushes to the scene, saves a decomposed foot from a pack of coyotes, finds out foot didn't belong on the plane, was from a much older death. What was it doing there? Why is she suddenly thrown off the team investigating the crash? And that's just the start of this fast paced, true to life, mystery thriller that will have you up all night, reading with your pulse pounding as you race through the pages. This five star book is heads and hands above "Deadly Decisions." It's so much better that it's hard to believe the same woman authored them both. It's as if Kathy Reichs knew she let her fans down a little with the last one and wanted to make up for it. Well she did, in spades. "Fatal Voyage" is one fine piece of work. I can't wait to start her next one. Review submitted by Captain Katie Osborne