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Two Nights by Kathy Reichs 2 WEEKS AGO by ITW 70

A standalone thriller featuring a “tough-talking, scarred heroine” from the author of the Temperance Brennan series, the basis for the hit TV show Bones.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct…

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help. Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found?

It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons—because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

International bestselling  author Kathy Reichs took time out of her busy schedule to discuss her latest novel, TWO NIGHTS, with The Big Thrill:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

New beginnings. There’s no end to the number of times you can reinvent yourself. That’s true for me, and for my new character Sunday Night. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I disagree. The old dog will learn the trick, but she will do it her own way, will think your way of teaching is wrong, and will growl at you if you try to tell her to do it differently.

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

Sunday Night flirts with many thriller-heroine molds, but fits into none. We writers rely on certain devices for practical reasons—a sleuth must have access to information. That requires a special relationship with formal authorities. Hence, many characters are ex-cops with friends on the force, or licensed investigators. Sunnie is neither. She’s a private jane who didn’t leave the police or the military on good terms, and just wants to be left alone. While Sunnie is no ordinary person, it’s her very “ordinary person-ness” that drives her out of self-imposed exile to take on a case—her history and brokenness drive her actions, rather than her profession. Readers will see that under the right circumstances, if life has left certain scars, they could be Sunnie too.

Was there anything new you discovered, or surprised you, as you wrote this book?

How terrifying, and thrilling, it was to write a non-Temperance Brennan novel. It’s bittersweet for me that TWO NIGHTS will publish the same year that BONES, the TV show based on my novels, ended its twelve-year run on FOX. Tempe’s work is science driven—the boundaries of forensic anthropology, and her cerebral personality, imparted a framework to those 18 novels. My new heroine, Sunday Night, is a wild card. She is unchecked, unpredictable, and occasionally, uncontrollable—her nightmarish past fanning a slow-burning rage. I’m more like Tempe, so it was exhilarating to let it all go with Sunnie.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

I’ll be straight, I like dark. I like to see humanity sans make-up, to know what happens in those battered houses I see from the car window. This novel takes you to some gritty and raw places you would (hopefully) never personally go. And Sunday Night is neither pure nor controlled, dragging readers through her own darkness. But there’s a shiny penny, too, and that’s family. Not necessarily the traditional definition of “family,” but the emotion intended by the word. Family plays a bigger role in TWO NIGHTS than in my past novels.

What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?

My childhood crush was Nancy Drew. She was the Queen of Cool in my young mind, and could do anything. I read every Nancy Drew mystery, twice. Now, I like my sleuthing a little darker—Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Karin Slaughter. I’ve been thrilled to see more strong female voices forging a unique tranche of “psychological suspense” thrillers. TWO NIGHTS will be enjoyed by anyone who raced through Gone Girland The Girl On The Train. As I did!

*****

Kathy Reichs is the author of eighteen New York Timesbestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the Fox network.

To learn more about Kathy, please visit her website.

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Kathy Reichs by Brendan - 1M ago

To my dear readers,

As the old saying goes, fate brings good news and bad news.  Of late, some of each variety has bullied into my world.   Thus, I am making this very difficult posting concerning a tough but necessary decision.

There are two things in life I cherish above all else.  First and foremost comes my family.  Running a close second is my writing and through it, the happiness and sense of fulfillment provided to me by my readers. 

Over the past eight years I have been blessed with the joy of six grandchildren.  Unfortunately, over the past several years I have been plagued with health issues that can no longer be ignored.

So.  The bad news.  While I was very much looking forward to releasing a book this fall, and to touring and interacting with many of you, I find I must cancel.  At the urging of my physician, and with the blessing of my publisher and my agent, I will be taking what Tempe might call a sabbatical in order to heal and recover.  What Pete might refer to as R and R.  A period of rest and relaxation.   

But.  The good news.   Grancie (that’s me!)  will finally have the time to indulge Henry, Declan, Alice, Miles, Cooper, and Hazel while they are still young enough to allow her to do so.

I am devastated that I won’t be seeing you this year.  But I hope we can be together in the near future.

Kathy Reichs

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Kathy Reichs by Brendan - 2M ago

A free afternoon talk with best selling author Kathy Reichs will begin at 1:30 PM, followed by a book signing. The book signing is sponsored by the University Store. This afternoon talk will be held in the College of Education Auditorium and is free and open to the UW community and the public.

An evening fundraiser dinner will feature Reichs as a keynote speaker and will start at 6:00 PM at the UW Conference Center & Hilton Garden Inn. Reservations to the dinner can be made online at: https://wyoalumni.uwyo.edu/Reichs by April 3rd. Seats for the dinner are $90 per person.

For more information on both events please call (307) 766-3279 or email rlatimer@uwyo.edu.

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Coming to you this August! #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs ratchets up the suspense as forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan fights to crack her most chilling case yet.

Temperance Brennan is stressed. Following her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, she’s finally agreed to move in with him. Her mother is planning the mother of all weddings.

And her beloved boss has died a tragic death. His replacement still smolders over Tempe’s criticism of her from years earlier and exiles Tempe from the lab.

Then a friend tips off Tempe that a mutilated corpse has been found. Identity unknown. Cause of death unclear. Though the body lacks a face, hands, and organs, her new boss refuses to ask Tempe for a consult.

Tempe vows to discover the truth, but the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the

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Kathy Reichs by Brendan - 2M ago

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs ratchets up the suspense as forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan fights to crack her most chilling case yet.

Temperance Brennan is stressed. Following her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, she’s finally agreed to move in with him. Her mother is planning the mother of all weddings.

And her beloved boss has died a tragic death. His replacement still smolders over Tempe’s criticism of her from years earlier and exiles Tempe from the lab.

Then a friend tips off Tempe that a mutilated corpse has been found. Identity unknown. Cause of death unclear. Though the body lacks a face, hands, and organs, her new boss refuses to ask Tempe for a consult.

Tempe vows to discover the truth, but the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

eBook available at: AmazoniBooks, Barnes & Noble, BAM, and Google Play

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Come see me at the ZEE Jaipur Literary Festival! https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/

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I first began touring with the USO in 2011 to  Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. This is my second USO tour and as part of the three-day visit, I traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, alongside fellow authors Kathleen Antrim, Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, and Brad Taylor. We participated in unit visits, USO meet & greets, book signings and held a writing workshop at the teen center..  This marks the sixth Operation Thriller tour.  For more than 76 years, the USO – a private, non-profit organization – has served the men and women in the U.S. military and their families throughout their service – from the moment they join, through their deployments and as they transition back to their communities.  The USO’s mission remains strong, to strengthen America’s service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.  It was an honor to be included and to visit with our troops.

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From November 2 nd through 5 th of 2017, I will head out on the sixth Operation Thriller USO tour
alongside fellow authors Kathleen Antrim, Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, and Brad Taylor.
Collectively, our group has visited more than 2,500 service members and military families with the USO
since 2011. As part of the three-day visit, we will travel to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and participate in
unit visits, USO meet & greets and book signings, and many more activities. Please stand by in the
comings weeks as more details about this year’s Operation Thriller USO tour are released.

Last year, the USO launched Force Behind the Forces – a new brand awareness campaign encouraging
Americans to demonstrate their appreciation for and support of those who selflessly serve our nation.
The campaign underscores our historic mission to strengthen service members by keeping them
connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.
The USO is urging everyone, everywhere to become a Force Behind the Forces by visiting
uso.org/Messages and sending a message of support TODAY.

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Come see me at the Montreal Book Fair. November 17 and November 18.  Look for me at stand number 216! http://www.salondulivredemontreal.com/

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Kathy Reichs by Brendan - 2M ago

Oct 1st

42. Author! Author!
October 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Forensic anthropologist and academic by day, prolific writer by night, American author Kathy Reichs has delivered a brilliant forensic crime series, featuring Temperance Brennan, that spans two decades and exceeds two dozen works of fiction. With Eric Friesen, Kathy reflects on her two careers and shares how it feels to say goodbye to Temperance as she launches her newest fictional creation, Sunday Night, a smart, tough, and talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past. This is a don’t-miss event!

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Bellevue

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