Deadly Decisions (Temperance Brennan #3), Kathy Reichs


Brennan returns to Montreal to solve a case which relates to biker gang war. At a biker clubhouse, the excavation reveals the bones of a young girl from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Before this, nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is fatally shot on a Montreal street. Brennan has herself assigned to work with Operation Carcajou, a task force created to investigate criminal activities among outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Province of Quebec.

At the same time, Brennan’s teenage nephew Kit, comes to stay and showing a massive interest in Harley-Davidsons and their riders. Can Brennan finds the killer and protects Kit from the biker gangs?

I turned to look and caught Rinaldi staring at me as if trying to read my genetic code. When our eyes met he held on, refusing to look away. So did I.
"Do you have a problem with me, Mr. Rinaldi?" I asked. "Odd job for a chick," he said, never breaking eye contact. "I'm an odd chick. I once peed in Sonny Barger's pool." I didn't even know if the former head of the Hells Angels had a pool, but it sounded good. Besides, the Barger reference was probably lost on Frog.

In terms of the writing style itself, I felt there were a lot of missing full-stops here and there. I hope the next book will be lesser confusing for me. As for Brennan, I still love the character in the TV series more and I feel the character in the book isn’t as interesting as the character in the TV series. She’s slightly vulnerable but it’s fine but she’s lacking the sense of humour compared with the character in the TV series. After finished reading the book, I keep telling myself to stop comparing them and not to 'force' Brennan (TV version) to fit into my intended novel. I feel bad of keep comparing and indirectly ‘forcing’ the author to make both alike.

"How about the Osprey girl. Anything breaking on that front?" How about your face, I thought.

As for the ending, I was slightly disappointed due to the effort and time that they had spent in the case. Although the killer has been revealed at the end of the book, it seems the killer just being “inserted” from nowhere and the appearance of the killer is not much in the story. In the end, I have the feeling that I’ve spent so much time reading the story but ends up the killer just appears randomly. Isn’t it better if I just only read the beginning and the ending of the book? It’s difficult to rate. I liked the interesting story about bikie wars but the details about Brennan’s life quite dull and repetitive and the ending is a disappointment.

"What the hell did you plan to do?" Charbonneau asked. "I didn't plan. I acted on instinct." "You were unarmed." "I was armed with righteous fury." "Rarely wins against a semiautomatic."

Rating: ★★
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