Carved In Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson BassCarved In Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass

Carved In Bone: A Body Farm Novel

byJefferson Bass

Mass Market Paperback | May 28, 2013

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The Body Farm is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets.

Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he's being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment's unique chemistry. But Brockton's investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insularpeople who won't forget or forgive. And a long-buried secretprematurely exposed could inflame Brockton's own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see himfail . . . by any means necessary.

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, is the creator of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility, widely known as the Body Farm. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically ...
Title:Carved In Bone: A Body Farm NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 0.94 inPublished:May 28, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062277359

ISBN - 13:9780062277350


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Author reels you in & keeps you there. First time reading this author's work. I really enjoyed it! Very descriptive writing helps you have a real mental picture of the story as it unfolds. I didn't want to put it down! Will definitely read more of his books!
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and great reading The most macarbe and funniest novel! Great writting for such a subject. Great speed and action form a new authur to me! A delight to read and will look for more of this soon!
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carved in Bone Great story telling for those who like forensic mysteries.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My impression This is the first Body Farm book I've read and I enjoyed it immensely . I'll be reading more in future.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous and Fun! Dr. Bill Brockton, anthropologist, is called in to a case in a backwoods town of Tennessee where a woman's body has been found, wonderfully preserved, in a cave. What Bill doesn't realize is that he is getting himself into a heap of trouble involving a long standing feud between two families, a corrupt sheriff's department, Big Jim (a backwoods gangster), and someone who doesn't want him poking his nose into any of this. Along with his policeman friend, Art, these two middle aged men walk write into the middle of a very dangerous and sorrowful tale. Dr. Bill and his buddy, Art, are about two of the best detectives I've met in my long list of mystery reading. Bill is the main character, while Art comes along for the ride here and there. They have an equal relationship with neither one being the boss as in classic pairings of men detectives (Holmes/Watson etc.). These two guys have a running commentary whenever they are together that is so funny. They love puns and telling jokes and are very Southern. In fact, the book itself was as Southern as it gets and I just loved the uniqueness of a mystery taking place in this setting. The mystery was well-written, and while I had my ideas early on the author(s) twisted things up whenever I thought I'd got the case solved. The forensics were fabulous, enough detail without getting boring for the layman and just a bit gruesome to keep it fun but certainly nowhere near as gory as other authors I'm used to reading. I think I enjoyed this book so much just because it was so much fun. The characters, the setting and the ride all perfectly meshed into one very fun and satisfying mystery. I will definitely read the next two books and be keeping up with this series.
Date published: 2008-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like reading an episode of CSI Dr Bill Brockton, the head scientist at the Body Farm in Tennessee, gets called out to Cook County for a grisly discovery. Brought into a cave by the Cook County sheriff and deputy, Brockton finds a body that has basically turned to wax. He brings it back to his lab and determines cause of death and that this murder happened 30 years ago. When Brockton tries to investigate the murder, he is having troubles determining who to trust. Everyone seems to want to throw his investigation off, including the sheriff. As most mysteries, there are a couple more deaths during the investigation and quite a dramatic conclusion. I really like books by Jefferson Bass because the characters are so human and likable, and because they explain complex topics so that anyone can understand. The mystery is suspenseful, but I can always guess who did it before it's actually revealed. One thing I don't really understand however, is why Brockton investigates the crime itself. As the person who looks at the bones to determine what happened to the person, do these people really start to investigate the crime by interviewing others and going back to the crime scene? It seems like that should be left to the police.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from terrific book This was a terrific book, a little slow at the beginning, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. A great mystery, good characters, a few plot twists and turns. Keeps you guessing until the end. A great ending, dosen't leave you flat. If you like mystery, with a little pathology and anthropology thrown in, this book is sure to please.
Date published: 2006-07-28

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“[A] unique corpse, solid science, quirky humor and a lovable protagonist.”