Good Bones

The current issue of Smithsonian has an interview with Kathy Reichs, whose tenth novel, Bones to Ashes, is out next week. As the interviewer points out, Temperance Brennan (Reichs’ recurring protagonist and doppleganger) is a forensic anthropologist at the fictional Jeffersonian, a D.C. museum much like the Smithsonian.

Reichs is one of those rare people so absurdly multi-talented and accomplished as to be almost implausible. She reminds me a little of CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the dashing neurosurgeon, professor and chief medical correspondent who, while reporting in Iraq, once saved a soldier’s life by drilling a hole through his skull with a power drill. Oh, come on!

Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She’s like Indiana Jones meets CSI. Actually, forget CSI. She’s like Temprance Brennan in Bones, the popular TV series inspired by Reich’s bestselling books.

Reichs will appear at the book festival on Sunday, September 2, 2:30 p.m. at, appropriately enough, the Old Courthouse.

Update: See a video of Kathy Reichs talking about her work.

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