Whispers of the Dead

Whispers of the Dead

Book - 2009
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A field of corpses, laid out in a macabre display…A serial killer who confounds even the most seasoned profilers…A doctor whose life has been shattered by crime—plunged into the heart of a shocking investigation… In this masterful new novel by Simon Beckett, #1 internationally bestselling author of Written in Bone and The Chemistry of Death, forensic anthropologist David Hunter is thrust into his first murder investigation on U.S. soil—and his most devastating case yet.

In the heat of a Tennessee summer, Dr. Hunter has come to Knoxville’s legendary “Body Farm”—the infamous field laboratory where law enforcement personnel study real corpses—to escape London and the violence that nearly destroyed his life. He’s also here to find out if he’s still up to the job of sorting through death in all its strange and terrible forms.… Hunter will soon find his answer when he’s called to a crime scene in a remote Smoky Mountain cabin—a scene as grisly as it is bizarre.

The body is taped to a table. Everything about the crime scene—the wounds, the decomposition, the microscopic evidence—quickly short-circuits the tools and methods of forensic experts. Within days, Hunter knows he’s dealing with a serial killer, someone intimately familiar with the intricacies of forensics. All around him, egos and hierarchies clash—from the boasts of a renowned criminal profiler to the dogged work of a young female investigator—but fate keeps pushing Hunter further into the heart of the manhunt. And the killer keeps coming up with surprises: booby-trapping corpses, faking times of death, swapping bodies—finally turning his sights on after Hunter himself.…

An electrifying race against time, a fascinating journey into the world of forensic science, and a terrifying portrait of a killer in love with death itself, Whispers of the Dead is a thriller of the highest order.

Baker & Taylor
Struggling to prove himself after surviving an attempt on his life, Dr. David Hunter takes an assignment at an infamous anthropology research facility and is drawn into a bizarre murder investigation that is further complicated by secrets his colleagues seem to be protecting.

Blackwell North Amer
In America to escape London and the violence that nearly killed him, forensics expert David Hunter has returned to the research facility where he trained - the Body Farm in Tennessee. He needs to know whether he's still up to the job of confronting death in all its strange and terrible forms.
So when his former mentor asks him to accompany him to a crime scene, he agrees. He'll be there as an observer, so what could possibly go wrong?
But even he is unprepared for what awaits them in the remote cabin out in the woods. The victim has been bound and tortured, the body decomposed beyond recognition. Although fingerprints seem to identify the killer, Hunter is uneasy: nothing is quite as it should be.
Then a second body is found. And it becomes clear that the investigating team faces a nightmare of deception and misdirection. Hunter knows they're dealing with a killer who is dangerously familiar with the intricacies of forensics. As the death toll rises and tensions mount, he is pushed deeper into the heart of a desperate manhunt. But has he met his match? This time is David Hunter on the trail of a maniac who simply cannot be stopped?

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780385340069
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 12, 2016

another fast-paced book by this writer. hard to put down. a little far fetched in the breadth of the crime.

Mar 25, 2015

Well written and an interesting insight into the world of forensic science, but I found the ending a bit too contrived in terms of the "mandatory book ending suspense scene" ...... though the killer's identity is a real surprise.

alexica Aug 07, 2014

It's a good mystery book. Hunter is bit too introspective but otherwise the book creates tension and you can't really guess whodunnit.

Sep 15, 2011

When I first read the blurb for this book I thought I'd discovered a new author for me to devour. Although somewhat interesting in the technical details of forensic anthropology, it just didn't really grab me as much as I'd hoped.


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