By Valder Beebe
Kathy Reichs is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of North Carolina. The Bone Code is her 20th book in the Temperance Brennan series and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaries et de MédecineLégale for the province of Quebec.
She is one of only 50 forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern.
She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials.The Bone Code by Kathy Reichs is set in a post COVID world. I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Reichs; does the Bone Code have Kathy Reichs’ political views in it? It is believed her previous book did.
The Bone Code is the 20th novel in Kathy’s bestselling Temperance Brennan series, which was the inspiration for Fox Television’s longest-running scripted drama, Bones. Kathy discusses this milestone achievement, how the series (and forensic anthropology in general) have changed over the past two decades, and what is in store for Tempe in the future.
Inventing a pandemic: In The Bone Code, a new pandemic is ravaging the population of South Carolina – a pandemic of mysterious origins that becomes integral to unraveling the case at the center of the novel.
Kathy discusses for the Valder Beebe Show how she invented this fictional pandemic, and how its presentation in the novel changed in the wake of COVID-19. As the novel progresses, Tempe becomes suspicious of an international pharmaceutical company that produces flu vaccines, and the connections that company and those vaccines may have to the murders she is investigating. Could her suspects be using the vaccine to alter the DNA of the recipients? Kathy gives an overview of how vaccines are produced and disseminated, and how, at least in fiction, they could be used as a weapon. – Dr. Reichs’ publicists provided text in conjunction with the Valder Beebe Show
VBS: Dr. Reichs you are in a very small club; former medical examiner, forensic anthropologist, academia of anthropology, #1 New York Times bestselling author and author of thriller books. How cool are those accolades?
KR: Yes, if you put it like that. I’m a retired medical examiner, this maybe why I can write books.
VBS: As a writer of 20 successful books, what do you offer the reader?
KR: The bottom line is a good story. Hopefully that they not only receive a good story, they also get to figure out ……………………
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