Gideon Oliver is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by American novelist Aaron Elkins. Gideon Oliver, nicknamed “The Skeleton Detective,” is a forensic anthropologist. The books are often credited with reviving the forensic mystery genre. The series was adapted (loosely) into a TV series on ABC in 1989 that ran for five episodes.
Aaron Elkins is an American author of mystery novels. Before becoming a novelist, Elkins was an anthropologist, thus it sense that his main character is forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver. He has also written a series about a museum curator and co-authors a series of golf-themed mystery novels with his wife Charlotte, featuring Lee Ofsted.