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The Bone Yard (Body Farm #6)

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“[Bass is] the real deal.”
—Kathy Reichs

The sixth electrifying forensic mystery by author Jefferson Bass (“a fresh voice in the crime novel arena” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer), The Bone Yard is the most gripping installment yet in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm series. Called away from Tennessee’s renowned Body Farm (the real life  human decomposition laboratory a

Kindle Edition, 435 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bette Jacobson In the kindle edition I just read, Bill Bass in Author Notes & History gives his explanation of the source information for the reform school; and…moreIn the kindle edition I just read, Bill Bass in Author Notes & History gives his explanation of the source information for the reform school; and yes the stories come from "an actual north Florida reform school, that still exists. It has operated under many names since it opened in 1900, "including the Florida School for Boys, the Florida Industrial School for Boys, and the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. The White House Boys were former inmates (students)."(less)
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I thought I'd like this since I like mysteries & really enjoyed Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales by William M. Bass. This series of mysteries is based on Bill Bass' life & work to some extent. As the author's afterword says, it's sort of alternate universe. Many of the facts are true, some are biographical, but they're placed into a fictional setting with flourishes. Best of all, even though it was book 6 in the series, it stood a ...more
Dr. Bill Brockton runs 'The Body Farm', a Tennessee research facility that studies decaying corpses. Thus, he's an experienced forensic pathologist.

At the behest of Angie St. Clair, a forensic analyst from Florida, Brockton gets involved in two cases. Angie's sister died from a shotgun blast that the authorities have ruled suicide, but Angie insists her brother-in-law pulled the trigger; and bones of adolescents who attended a long-defunct Florida reform school turn up, leading to the discovery
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I never go wrong when I pick up a Body farm book! That's all I need to say. Looking forward to the next one, as always Dr. Bass.

This particular story was interesting because of the reality of the beatings at a boys camp that were still proven to have been happened as recently as 2006. I had not heard of this school in Florida and did not know about the atrocoties that occured there. Horrific to think what happened there.
Donna in Southern Maryland
Apr 20, 2011 Donna in Southern Maryland rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good crime story with good forensics
I have read each of the Body Farm books, but this one was especially interesting because it touches on the story of the North Florida School for Boys that is located right outside of Marianna, Florida. My Grandmother lived near there, and as a child, it was always a treat for us to drive through the grounds and look at all the Christmas Light Displays they had put up. Then several years ago I saw a report on CNN detailing horrible things that had happened tot he boys that had been held there.

A skull found by a dog leads Dr. Bill Brockton into a summer adventure he didn't plan but first he is helping Claire, a forensic analyst for Florida, help prove her sister didn't kill herself. The skull leads to another skull and then to a reform school for boys. The school has been closed for many years due to a fire but somebody wants the truth to come out regarding the history back then. The death of a man and his dog was hard on my soul. Several subject matters are involved with this story a ...more
Oct 11, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bone Yard by Jefferson Bass.

I found this book to be thrilling in as much as I was well aware of the infamous scandal regarding the Dozier Reformatory for Boys in Florida. This book although fictionalized was based on that account. All findings by students excavating in that immediate area were verified through DNA testing on the bones and accounts from the surviving White House Boys.

Dr. Bill Brockton's co-worker on investigations, Angie St. Claire, receives news that her sister has committed
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Dr Bill Brockton, forensic pathologist, responds to a personal call for help from a former student now working in Tallahassee. Her sister has died – reportedly a suicide – but Angie St Claire has her doubts. His quick trip to help Angie turns into a much longer assignment when a wandering hound digs up an old skull – or two.

I really like this series. Brockton is a serious scientist, and heads the Department of Anthropology at the Univ of Tennessee in Knoxville. This is the site of the (in)famou
Mar 29, 2012 Star rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Bass uses forensic anthropology and engaging writing to bring to life a fictional tale of horrific tragedy. This is a fact-based fictional novel which details the lives and deaths of young boys at a reform school in Florida. The subject matter is grim and gruesome, but is told with compassion and clarity. The desires of many that the past be laid to rest and the bodies never be found are thwarted by the discovery of bones by a playful dog and a diary by Dr. Brockton and Angie St. Clair, who ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Tabi34 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a gruesome read. The writing team managed to suck me into the story not only on a surface level, but on a deeper emotional level. This story turned my stomach and what makes it even worse is that it is based on the Florida Reform School and the horrors that occurred there.

I went on to do some research on the White House Boys to whom the book is dedicated and found a book written by one of the former residents. I started it, but I'm not sure I can finish it. I read a lot of true crime b
Abby Murphy
I LOVE the Body Farm series (Can't wait for #9!). All but one of them have had me by the end of the first chapter. But I must say...THIS book has got to be my favorite out of them all. Well done, guys!
Lynn Allinger
Feb 07, 2017 Lynn Allinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the fact that the story was based on a real school for homeless boys. It took me a while to get through the book but I'm glad I finished it.
Today Jefferson Bass is probably one of the most well-known names in the sub-genre of Forensic Suspense. The writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson started out by writing Carved in Bone, reached # 25 on The New York Times Best Seller list and so far have written six books in a series named Body Farm. The Bone Yard, the sixth installment in the series is scheduled to be released in paperback edition on March 27, 2012.
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Angie St. Claire, a forensic analyst with the Florida
The Bone Yard
In this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass, Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine state when he's called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a boys' reform school in Florida

The Bone Yard

The onset of summer brings predictably steamy weather to the Body Farm, Dr. Bill Brockton's human-decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee. But Brockton's about to get more heat than he's bargained for wh
May 30, 2014 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Angie St. Claire is a Florida police officer taking an advanced forensic course with Dr. Brockton at the Body Farm (based on the real life Body Farm in Tennessee where cadavers are left to decompose for research purposes). On the last day of class she receives a telephone call with bad news; her sister has committed suicide. Several days later she calls Dr. Brockton and asks him to visit her because she is certain her sister was murdered and would like his expertise. Facing a long and boring sum ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Dorie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
As the book opens, Dr. Bill Brockton is teaching forensic techniques to a class visiting his “Body Farm” at the University of Tennessee. Angie St. Claire is a visiting Florida forensic analyst who leaves abruptly when she receives an urgent phone call. Later she calls Dr. Brockton and asks him for help – her sister’s death has been ruled a suicide, but she believes she was murdered by Angie’s brother-in-law. Bill and Angie form a professional bond over investigating the family death, and when a ...more
The Bone Yard drew me in from the first chapter. Not surprisingly, Jonathan Bass paints a clear and authentic picture of the research facility. After all, Dr. Bill Bass is an expert in forensic anthropology and created The Body Farm in University of Tennessee while Dr. Jon Jefferson wrote and produced two films on the facility. I learned a bit about forensic pathology, which made the book even more enjoyable.

As heroes go, Dr Bill Brockton is an enjoyable one to follow. An acknowledged expert in
Oct 07, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not my usual type of book--I don't usually go for procedural crime/mystery novels--but I was intrigued by the reference to the Body Farm in Tennessee. It turns out that Jefferson Bass is a pair of authors, one of whom is a journalist and one of whom is the forensic anthropologist who founded the Body Farm.

The Bone Yard is a good thriller/mystery, and while it has its share of fascinating forensic science, what really got me engaged was the beautiful descriptive prose, particularly of set
Teresa in Ohio
Apr 24, 2011 Teresa in Ohio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dr Brockton is conducting a class at the Body Farm when his student Angie from Florida gets a disturbing call and she rushes home. Dr. Brockton is looking forward to a dull summer until Angie calls requesting his help in proving her sister's death was murder. While there he gets to visit her lab and check out a skull that was found by a dog in the outskirts of Florida. After bringing it back to his lab, and learning the identity of it, he travels back to Florida for more answers. This book is wr ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gets a little technical, but is a really good look at a difficult problem: reform school abuse. The authenticity and knowledge of the subject matter makes it rate a 4.0. The book is a reminder of how horrible human beings can be to other human beings and how children are abused by authority figures; the book isn't always pleasant reading because the topic is one that we wish didn't exist. The author's notes at the end, defining truth and fiction, were especially interesting. I've read all o ...more
Nov 15, 2016 Shweta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is interesting with two investigations running in parallel. More procedural than suspense thriller, I enjoyed reading the science and method behind forensic investigations. The crime is chilling, but the climax was predictable and similar to the one in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I would give the book 3.5/'s somewhere between okay and good. If you have enjoyed reading Kathy Reich's series, you may enjoy Bone Yard (there's even a shoutout to the TV series 'Bones' in the book).
Tracy Murray
I really want to give this three and half stars. It was a good book. It was a little slow to get in to and seemed somehow disjointed. Perhaps just because I hadn't read any of the other books in the line. I found myself a few times annoyed at what seemed to be the author trying to educate me. It's good to share knowledge and I actually learned a lot about things I didn't before. Just tried a little too hard. The writing was good, the story interesting.
Feb 28, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are great books. They have a punch of suspense and a lot of educational material. In this book Dr. Brockton has stumbled upon an unmarked grave site in north Florida that turns out to hold a number of bodies from a boy's reform school. The story goes in to the history of the school and the boys that were housed there and sheds a lot of unwanted light on the abuse that they suffered.
Black Butterfly
Feb 26, 2016 Black Butterfly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: READCHEAPLY
Shelves: crime
Diane S ☔
Apr 06, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty brutal subject matter but one that definitely should be brought to everyones attention.
May 06, 2017 Ginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this story of the series very interesting as it is based on an actual case I had heard of in Florida. The politics and personalities are interesting and the secondary story line concerning the possible suicide of one of Dr. Brockton's students brings the different jurisdictions together. What is a college professor to do when faced with a couple of weeks of boredom, get involved in an investigation in a different jurisdiction that gets out of hand and escalates. Brockton gets personally in ...more
Nov 24, 2016 Cavendishmk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook. I like the narrator. I did not like the political commentary. The pace of the story was very slow with many side stories. I almost quit the book multiple times - and later wished I had spent the time listening to something else.
Mare Kinley
You know how you can sit down and binge-watch 23 episodes of Criminal Minds? Oh, wait...or is that just me?

Regardless, the same thing applies to the "Body Farm" novels of Jefferson Bass. Even though it's gross, even though it's icky, it's just fascinating. If it wasn't, there wouldn't be TV shows like CSI...and CSI Miami...and CSI New York.

In this 2011 adventure of the fictionalized Bill Bass, we are taken to the site of a former boys' juvenile detention center by way of a "suicide or murder" su
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Mar 12, 2017 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Brockton is asked by one of his students to help prove that her sister didn't commit suicide. While in Florida, a dog takes his owner a boy's skull. Then another skull is found and a bone. Dr. Brockton stays to help get to the bottom of the bones, but is unprepared for what they do find.

Very good story loosely based on a boy's school in north Florida. I am going to read up on the history of that school also. This is a new to me author but I am looking forward to more.
Jan 12, 2011 Jlaurenmc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago, I sat in a crowd of people and watched a body decompose in a series of time-release photographs. In the heat of a Tennessee summer, the decomposition took about two weeks. I was both repelled and fascinated.

The presenter of the photographs? Dr. Bill Bass, founder of the University of Tennessee's Body Farm, a facility designed to study the field of forensic anthropology.

I first heard about the Body Farm in Patricia Cornwell's book of the same name, one of her Kay Scarpetta seri
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Other Books in the Series

Body Farm (10 books)
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