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Long ago, forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon served in South America at the World Accord International. Years later, haunted by the massacres a continent away, she has been trying hard to put the past behind her. Until now... Working late at her museum, Diane hears a terrified cry that leads her to an injured man - and recognises him as a fellow WAI staffer from her days in South America. Clutching a child's femur in his hands, he whispers, 'It was one of us...' and dies. Now Diane is faced with some deadly questions - why was her former colleague trying to visit her? Why did he carry a human bone? Who did he mean by 'us', and just who attacked him? More importantly, is Diane the next on the list?
An errand to deliver rare Indian artefacts turns into a deadly game for forensic archaeologist Diane Fallon when a tree slams into her car, with a human skeleton sticking from the trunk. Then, leaving the car to investigate, she's ambushed by a shadowy stranger. Stumbling blindly through the woods, Diane plans to take refuge at a friend's house, but there she finds him and his wife seated at their kitchen table, their throats cut from ear to ear. Just who does the skeleton belong to, why are her friends dead, and who is the killer hot on her tail? It's up to Diane to uncover a deadly secret hidden away in the mountains by time and distance - before it's too late...
FBI agent-turned-private investigator Ross Kingsley comes to Diane Fallon for help after his client's family suffers a double tragedy. Nine years ago, the client's son went to prison for rape and murder. Now his daughter is dead under suspicious circumstances, and her father believes she was killed uncovering evidence of her brother's innocence. Against her better judgment, Diane agrees to help her old FBI friend. Now, she is about to discover that crime can have deep roots and some bones, like secrets, are deadly to uncover - especially when there are skeletons in the closet . . .
Local politics get nasty when a new mayor is elected and Diane Fallon is replaced with an incompetent crony as head of the crime lab. But just as she's adjusting to life without murder, the newly appointed chief of police and the mayor are shot dead. Back on the job, Diane sees, but can't quite believe, the evidence damning the former chief of detectives as the shooter. Someone with plenty to gain intends to get away with more than murder, and as the investigation reveals an ever-widening web of corruption and treachery, Diane realises that no one is safe - least of all her.
Clymene O'Riley is in prison for killing her husband - though Diane Fallon is sure she killed another, and suspects she may have left a veritable graveyard of dead men in her wake. Either way, Diane was happy to help put her behind bars. So when Clymene informs her that one of the prison guards may be in danger from a serial killer, Diane is suspicious. And when Clymene escapes from jail, Diane becomes the prime suspect in a bloody murder that puts her in the path of an angry killer who wants her dead . . .
In the shadow of Diane Fallon's new forensic lab in Georgia, a land survey team has discovered three bodies hanging in an isolated patch of woods. The sensational case has aroused the interest of the media, unnerved the locals - and inspired a gruesome game between the killer and forensic anthropologist Diane. It begins with taunting e-mails and chilling phone calls. Where it leads is a personal investigation as each bizarre clue brings Diane closer to danger...
Beverly Connor's thrilling novel proves that the dead do tell tales. In the depths of an unmapped cave, forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon makes an astonishing discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a caving victim. Soon, the remains of two more bodies are found - one in an old car submerged in the waters of an abandoned quarry, another buried in the Georgia woods. At first, with nothing to link the dissimilar victims except desiccated bones, Diane can't fathom the connection. But someone else does. It's the key to a mystery that reaches back seventy years in a heritage of love, greed, and murder - and an unearthed family secret that still holds the power to kill.