Bones Of Betrayal

Bones Of Betrayal

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"Dr. Bill Brockton is in the middle of a nuclear-terrorism disaster drill when he receives an urgent call from the nearby town of Oak Ridge - better known as Atomic City, home of the Bomb, and the key site for the Manhattan Project during World War II. Although more than sixty years have passed, could repercussions from that dangerous time still be felt today? With his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady, Brockton hastens to the death scene, where they find a body frozen facedown in a swimming pool behind a historic, crumbling hotel. The forensic detectives identify the victim as Dr. Leonard Novak, a renowned physicist and designer of a plutonium reactor integral to the Manhattan Project. They also discover that he didn't drown: he died from a searing dose of radioactivity. As that same peril threatens the medical examiner and even Miranda, Brockton enlists the help of a beautiful, enigmatic librarian to peel back the layers of Novak's life to the secret at its core. The physicist's house and personal life yield few clues beyond a faded roll of undeveloped film, but everything changes when Brockton chances upon Novak's ninety-year-old ex-wife, Beatrice. Charming and utterly unreliable, she takes him on a trip back into Oak Ridge's wartime past, deep into the shadows of the nuclear race where things were not quite as they seemed."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2013, c2009.
ISBN: 9780062277398
Characteristics: 394 p. ; 19 cm.

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ilovewhippets
Aug 20, 2013

Good mystery about the Manhattan Project and the people who were involved... (Nuclear Bomb developed)

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IrisNielsen
Jul 14, 2012

nuclear-terrorism disaster drill becomes a reality when a tiny capsule is found - dangerous enough to kill quickly and to destroy the hands of someone holding it. Dr. Brockton explores the past and staff of the Manhattan Project to solve the crime.

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