Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs

A drowning victim, in Quebec, is identified as John Lowery aka Spider.  But John Lowery died forty years ago in Vietnam and is buried in North Carolina.  The investigation by coroner Temperance Brennan to find out who is John Lowery, the man in the grave  for decades or the recently drowned man, leads to yet another set of remains, in Hawaii, said to be Lowery.

While in Hawaii at JPAC, the US Military’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, where Brennan is re-analyzing the remains of the veteran Lowery, she is asked to help Honolulu’s medical examiner with  identification of remains found on the rocks of the ocean shoreline.  This victim is not identified as another John Lowery but is part of the mystery surrounding him.

Reichs weaves a web that winds around Vietnam, North Carolina, Canada, Hawaii, and California then back on itself with surprising complications and implications.  Just when you think you have it figured out someone/thing else pops up to add to the plot.  Some of the story is clear and easy to figure,  some is clear as mud until Reichs cleans it all up nice and tidy at the end.  An interesting read.