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Just Bones: A Mystery

Denhart, Jeffrey

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ISBN 10: 1885173156 / ISBN 13: 9781885173157
Published by Write Way Pub, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Book and BroDart protected jacket are fine, without faults. This is the first novel by the author. Signed and dated in the title page (9-21-96). This un-read copy is gift quality. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # BX7-8

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Title: Just Bones: A Mystery

Publisher: Write Way Pub, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Bishop, Iowa, seems to be a perfect picture of contentment with a special small town closeness until the discovery of seven skeletons during the demolition of a hotel. Bill Mullins, the medical examiner, finds a bullet imbedded in one of the chest bones, and determines that the seven were murdered. When further tests reveal the skeletons are over 60 years old, everyone loses interest except Mullins.

Bill keeps up the investigation and slowly begins to realize that Bishop's solidarity is based on deadly secrecy, and that his life is in danger because of it!

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A former L.A. emergency-room doctor, now medical examiner and emergency-room resident in Bishop, Iowa, is given seven mysterious deaths to solve in this low-key, absorbing debut. When a demolition crew begins to tear down an abandoned lakeside hotel, they discover a room with two skeletons inside. Called to the scene, Bill Mullins, M.E., and Sheriff Eugene "Bird" Starling discover that the room had been sealed. Then they find two more sealed rooms, each containing bones, and a bullet. Although Bird is content to let the deaths go unsolved, Bill is determined to find out who the victims were so they can be properly buried. He and a forensic anthropologist from the University of Iowa identify "four women of various races and ages and two black men in their thirties"; one of the women had been pregnant. The skeletons had been found in pairs, each placed in a sexually explicit pose before the rooms were sealed. The trail of clues leads Bill toward the new Ku Klux Klan. As the story progresses, affable, fair-minded Bill becomes the reader's bellwether in a turbulent, disturbing situation.
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