Skeleton Dance: A Novel (Gideon Oliver Mysteries)

3.89 avg rating
( 864 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780688159283: Skeleton Dance: A Novel (Gideon Oliver Mysteries)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Located in a small French village with an unusual concentration of prehistoric bones, the Institut de Prehistoire is taxed to its limits when a dog uncovers some suspicious skeletal remains and fresh bodies begin piling up in the town

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver and his wife Julie have planned a relaxing four-week European jaunt that will allow Gideon to collect material for his upcoming book. But when a local dog digs up some very tasty--and very modern--human bones at a prehistoric site in the French Dordogne, Gideon gets a call for deductive assistance from old friend Inspector Lucien Joly. It appears that the bones are connected to the Institut de Préhistoire, epicenter of the academic debate on the proper place of Neanderthals in the progression of human evolution.

Years ago, the Institut's director, Ely Carpenter, found startling archaeological evidence that Neanderthal Man was a sensitive being with an appreciation of beauty and art: when that evidence was exposed as a fraud, Carpenter committed suicide. Or did he? These days, the remaining members of the Institut are still at dagger's (or perhaps Middle Paleolithic Acheulian cordiform hand ax's) edge. Half of them argue for the Neanderthals as card-carrying Homo sapiens, and the other half want to fling them from the family tree altogether. The academic debate is vicious, indeed--but when more bodies start to appear, Gideon must dig deep into layers of personal animosity and professional rivalry to determine which of his anthropological colleagues has more than a monograph at stake.

Aaron Elkins is the author of a number of Gideon Oliver mysteries, including the Edgar Award-winning Old Bones. It is a tribute to his skill that the dusty fragments of bone at the heart of this latest outing will capture his readers' interest, and that the ramifications of a scientific dispute seem the perfect motive for murder. Skeleton Dance carries as well all the touches that have made his previous novels successful: a genial protagonist who wavers between sharp-eyed precision and absent-minded obliviousness; an assortment of well-drawn minor characters (though their foibles may be sketched a bit too broadly, as Elkins stretches for a touch of humor); and a cozy evocation of local atmosphere. If the music of Skeleton Dance is a tune we've heard before, and the steps are a trifle well-worn, it doesn't really matter; Elkins is such a skilled partner that we'll find ourselves tapping our feet and turning the pages in easy rhythm. --Kelly Flynn

About the Author:

Aaron Elkins's previous books include Skeleton Dance, Loot, Twenty Blue Devils, and Old Bones, which won the Edgar Award for Novel of the Year. He lives with his wife, Charlotte, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781497643222: Skeleton Dance (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries) (Volume 10)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1497643228 ISBN 13:  9781497643222
Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Th..., 2014
Softcover

9780380731633: Skeleton Dance (Gideon Oliver Mysteries)

Avon, 2001
Softcover

9781617561702: Skeleton Dance (Book Ten in the Gideon Oliver Series)

e-read..., 2010
Softcover

9780783891903: Skeleton Dance

G K Ha..., 2000
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Elkins, Aaron
Published by William Morrow
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0688159281 . Seller Inventory # Z0688159281ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Elkins, Aaron
Published by William Morrow
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Gulf Coast Books
(Memphis, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0688159281 Ships from Tennessee, usually the same or next day. Seller Inventory # Z0688159281ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Elkins, Aaron
Published by William Morrow, New York (2000)
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Sly Fox
(Virden, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Nice, tight, unsold, unread first edition of this mystery featuring Gideon Oliver, this type looking at old bones in France--latest in a great series. Seller Inventory # 000506

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Aaron Elkins
Published by William Morrow (2000)
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0688159281

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.81
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Aaron Elkins
Published by William Morrow (2000)
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0688159281

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Elkins, Aaron
Published by William Morrow (2000)
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110688159281

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.85
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Elkins, Aaron
Published by William Morrow
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0688159281 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.0329953

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Aaron Elkins
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Looks like an interesting title!. Seller Inventory # M-0688159281

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 94.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Aaron Elkins
Published by William Morrow (2000)
ISBN 10: 0688159281 ISBN 13: 9780688159283
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st - may be Reissue. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0688159281n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 112.53
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds