Carol O'Connell takes a break from her series featuring anti-hero Mallory to publish this winning stand-alone mystery about a man haunted by events from decades past. When Oren Hobbs was 17 years old, his younger brother Josh went into the woods and never came back.
Now, 20 years later, Oren has been summoned back home only to discover that Josh is returning as well -- one bone at a time. The inept local police investigate, but if the truth is going to be revealed, it's up to Oren, a skilled former investigator with the Army's CID, to make it happen.
Bone by Bone is an atmospheric novel that uses its quirky small-town setting, filled with a host of eccentric characters, to elevate its leisurely plot. As always, O'Connell is especially interested in violence and the effect it has on those who experience it, lending Bone by Bone a welcome psychological depth.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, January 4, 2009