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Aaron Elkins is a former anthropologist, who began writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982, and won many awards for his bestselling titles. His work has been selected and published in the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. Aaron has taken on the nickname "father of the modern forensic mystery"!

Aaron currently resides on Washington's Olympic Peninsula with his wife and serves as a forensic anthropologist on the Olympic Peninsula Cold Case Task Force.

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Fellowship of Fear (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 1)
by Aaron Elkins
When anthropology professor Gideon Oliver is offered a teaching fellowship at US military bases in Germany, Sicily, Spain, and Holland, he wastes no time accepting. Stimulating courses to teach, a decent stipend, all expenses paid, plenty of interesting European travel . . . What’s not to like? It does not take him long to find out....
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A Deceptive Clarity (The Chris Norgren Mysteries Book 1)
by Aaron Elkins
An American museum curator in Berlin must find a fake painting—and a real killer—in this mystery from the Edgar Award–winning author of Switcheroo .   Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance art expert, heads to Berlin to assist in mounting a sensational exhibit: The Plundered Past—twenty priceless Old Masters looted...
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Old Bones (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 4)
by Aaron Elkins
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel: Forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver returns in this thrilling addition to the bestselling series With the roar of thunder and the speed of a galloping horse comes the tide to Mont St. Michel goes the old nursery song. So when the aged patriarch of the du Rocher family falls...
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Icy Clutches (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 6)
by Aaron Elkins
Gideon Oliver expects to be amicably bored when he takes on the role of “accompanying spouse” at a lodge in the magnificent wild country of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where his forest ranger wife, Julie, is attending a conference. But it turns out to be exactly his cup of tea. There is another group at the lodge: six scientists on a...
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Dead Men's Hearts (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 8)
by Aaron Elkins
An ancient skeleton tossed in a garbage dump is the first conundrum to rattle Gideon Oliver when he arrives in Egypt. There to appear in a documentary film, he expects an undemanding week of movie star treatment and a luxurious cruise up the Nile with his wife, Julie. But when Gideon discovers a tantalizing secret in the discarded...
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Where There's a Will (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 12)
by Aaron Elkins
Alex Torkelsson has just gotten word: after going missing ten years ago, Alex's late uncle Magnus's plane has been found south of Hawaii's Big Island. So too have Magnus's few skeletal remains, now handed over to the only man who can fit together the pieces of this mystery. But what forensic detective Gideon Oliver discovers could shake...
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The Dark Place (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 2)
by Aaron Elkins
Gideon Oliver earns his moniker “The Skeleton Detective” in this riveting entry to the Edgar Award–winning mystery series “that never disappoints” ( The Philadelphia Inquirer )   Deep in the primeval rainforest of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, the skeletal remains of a murdered man are discovered. And a strange...
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Turncoat
by Aaron Elkins
Pete Simon’s all‑American life was everything he ever wanted: a good home, a satisfying career, and a marriage still strong and loving after nearly twenty years. But in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, everything is about to change. It starts with the appearance of an old man at his door, ranting madly about...
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Gefährliches Talent (Ein Alix-London-Krimi 1) (German Edition)
by Aaron Elkins
Alix London hat eine glänzende Karriere als Kunstberaterin vor sich, eine schicke Wohnung im besten Viertel von Seattle und eine tolle Figur. Ihr haftet eine Aura von Elite-Uni und altem Geldadel an. Sie hat einfach alles, was man sich wünschen könnte. Oder trügt der Schein? Außer Alix weiß niemand, dass ihr Image nur ein sorgsam...
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Loot
by Aaron Elkins
In April 1945, the Nazis, reeling and near defeat, frantically work to hide the huge store of art treasures that Hitler has looted from Europe. Truck convoys loaded with the cultural wealth of the Western world pour in an unending stream into the compound of the vast Altaussee salt mine high in the Austrian Alps. But with the Allies...
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Dying on the Vine (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 17)
by Aaron Elkins
Edgar® Award–winning author Aaron Elkins’s creation—forensics professor Gideon Oliver—has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth.” Now the celebrated Skeleton Detective is visiting friends at a vineyard in Tuscany when murder leaves a bitter aftertaste…   When Gideon Oliver...
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Uneasy Relations (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 15)
by Aaron Elkins
Buried ceremoniously, high in a cave on the Rock of Gibraltar, lies the skeleton of a human woman, clutching the skeleton of a part-human, part-Neanderthal child. Fascinated, Professor Oliver jumps at the chance to visit the site. But two deaths, possibly murders, have rocked Gibraltar. As Oliver tries to piece things together, he's...
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Unnatural Selection (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 13)
by Aaron Elkins
When Gideon Oliver's wife Julie attends a conservation forum on the emerald Isles of Scilly, Gideon tags along, expecting a holiday. To amuse himself, he explores the Neolithic sites there. But instead of ancient ruins, he finds evidence of a very recent murder.
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Little Tiny Teeth (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 14)
by Aaron Elkins
From the Edgar® Award winning author of Uneasy Relations . Starring Professor Gideon Oliver? ?a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth.? (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) Sailing the Amazon with a group of botanists, ?Skeleton Detective? Gideon Oliver is on his dream vacation. But it turns nightmarish when fierce head-hunters narrowly miss...
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Good Blood (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 11)
by Aaron Elkins
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA.
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Skull Duggery (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 16)
by Aaron Elkins
Gideon is happy to be in Mexico with his wife-until he's asked to examine the mummified corpse of a drifter thought to be shot to death. Gideon's findings reveal that the cause of death is far more bizarre. Then he's asked to examine the skeleton of a murder victim found a year earlier-only to discover another coroner error. The Skeleton...
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Switcheroo (A Gideon Oliver Mystery Book 18)
by Aaron Elkins
The Skeleton Detective is back. A cold case dating from the 1960s draws forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver to the Channel Islands decades later to shine a light on the mysterious connection between two men who died there on the same night. Swapped as young boys by their fathers during the Nazi occupation, wealthy Roddy Carlisle and...
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A Glancing Light (The Chris Norgren Mysteries Book 2)
by Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque art at the Seattle Art Museum, is an unlikely undercover investigator, but when a priceless Rubens portrait is discovered in a shipment of “authentic reproductions” in a local warehouse, Chris is pressed into service to find out how it got there....
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Skeleton Dance (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 10)
by Aaron Elkins
Les‑Eyzies‑de‑Tayac is known for three things: pâté de fois gras, truffles, and prehistoric remains. The little village, in fact, is the headquarters of the prestigious Institute de Préhistoire, which studies the abundant local fossils. But when a pet dog emerges from a nearby cave carrying parts of a human skeleton—by no...
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Murder in the Queen's Armes (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 3)
by Aaron Elkins
Anthropology professor Gideon Oliver would prefer to keep his mind on his beautiful new bride Julie during their English honeymoon, but one intrusive question will not stop nagging at him: Who would want to steal a thirty‑thousand‑year‑old parieto‑occipital calvarial fragment? Yet someone has lifted this chunk of prehistoric...
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Make No Bones (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 7)
by Aaron Elkins
There is not much left of the irascible Albert Evan Jasper, “dean of American forensic anthropologists,” after his demise in a fiery car crash. But in accord with his wishes, his remains—a few charred bits of bone—are installed in an Oregon museum to create a fascinating if macabre exhibit. All agree that it is a fitting end for...
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Twenty Blue Devils (The Gideon Oliver Mysteries Book 9)
by Aaron Elkins
The dead man is the manager of Tahiti’s Paradise Coffee Plantation, producer of the most expensive coffee bean in the world, the winey, luscious Blue Devil. Nothing tangible points to foul play behind his fall from a cliff, but FBI agent John Lau, a relative of the coffee‑growing family, has his suspicions. What he needs is...
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Old Scores (The Chris Norgren Mysteries Book 3)
by Aaron Elkins
It is a headline‑making story: the discovery of a previously unknown Rembrandt. René Vachey, the iconoclastic art dealer who claims to have uncovered it, wants to make a gift of it to the Seattle Art Museum, but curator Chris Norgren is wary. Vachey is notorious in art circles for perpetrating scandalous shams; not for profit but for...
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The Worst Thing (Berkley Prime Crime)
by Aaron Elkins
For Bryan Bennett, designing hostage negotiation programs is the perfect job—as long as he doesn’t deal directly with kidnappers or their victims. Intense nightmares of his own abduction and imprisonment as a small boy still plague him thirty-some years later, and claustrophobia prevents him from attempting to travel. So when...
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