Kathy Reichs

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Kathy Reichs

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her forensic thrillers.

For years she consulted for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Kathy has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. She has aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Kathy also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

She is the author of the Temperance Brennan series, and also co-authors the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. Kathy is also a producer of the Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

Kathy is a native of Chicago, where she received her PhD. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.


Interviewed 29 October 2016

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Always diverging. Academia, forensics, crime fiction, television producing and writing.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

McGill University clock. Calendar with photos of grandkids. Jo Malone candles. Framed diplomas and certificate of ABFA board certification. Books. Crime Writers Association Bestseller Dagger Award. Crime Writers Association International Hall of Fame Award. Canvas chair back marked with my name from the set of Bones. Pair of arm-strengthening dumbbells. Unused.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Pasta tossed with whatever is available – olive oil, feta, capers, tomatoes, basil. And a salad.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Happy. Sleepy. Dopey. Sneezy. Doc. Grumpy. Bashful.

Six things you can't live without ...

Family, coffee, books, beach, showers, sandals.

Five favourite words ...

I’ll cook you dinner tonight.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Isle of Palms, Hawaii, Ireland, Botswana.

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Worlds of Hunt Slonem, by Dominique Nahas. Wayfaring Stranger, by James Lee Burke. Colorful Creatures, by Anita Ganeri (for the grandkids).

Two things that make you rant ...

Donald. Trump

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don’t panic.