GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Kathryn Fox, an award-winning Australian writer, has exploited her detailed knowledge of forensic science in Skin and Bone. Kate Farrer is a detective in the homicide unit and, with her partner, Oliver, is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body is found in a burnt house. It becomes clear that she had recently had a baby, and Kate is anxious to find that baby that was nowhere in the destroyed house.
A second case is given to the pair of detectives with instructions that it take priority over the first. A girl is missing, with foul play suspected. Mark Dobbie, a thoroughly nasty character, is the person the detectives and readers suspect and he reveals a web of evil with friends involved in date rape and swinging.
A second fire where another unpleasant character, one of Dobbie’s ex friends, is burnt leads to a gripping conclusion where the details of forensic science uncover a history of nastiness. This is exciting from start to finish and a very different style of crime novel.