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The Devil's Bones (Body Farm #3)

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In two previous New York Times bestselling novels, Jefferson Bass enthralled readers with ripped-from-the-headlines forensic cases, memorable characters, and plots that "rival Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Drawing on research at the Body Farm—three acres of land in the backwoods of Tennessee, where bodies are left to the elements to ill

Published (first published February 5th 2008)
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Nov 27, 2010 Juli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book… certainly not one of my favorites… I admit to getting wholly tired of the whole disgruntled ME gone crazy… it was intriguing the first time, exciting the second time, but this time it’s entirely over done. Hopefully, the madness is over.
I’m finally starting to get accustom to this author’s writing style. I have to say that this book, the 3rd in the series, just wasn’t my favorite. It seemed like the author just had to stretch to get what he was looking for.
I’m also getting a little t
Jun 09, 2010 Jlaurenmc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know it gets tiresome to continually hawk the benefits of one author over and over (for three posts now!). But technically Jefferson Bass is TWO authors... So does that make it different? Probably not, but I don't care... The Body Farm series is continuing to entertain and amaze me, now three books in.

The third novel in the series, The Devil's Bones, continues the story of Dr. Bill Brockton, University of Tennessee professor and Body Farm founder. You need to read the first two novels to reall
May 16, 2011 Carissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is the 3rd book in the Body Farm series, featuring U of Tennessee forensic scientist Bill Brockton. I've enjoyed every book so far. There is a nice folksiness about Brockton and he is surrounded by excellent friends and co-workers, especially his faithful assistant Miranda (she's lovely) and his old friend police detective Art. This story has its own unique mysteries; both dealing with burned corpses in their own way. The first is the death/ murder of a woman, whose burned body is found in ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bass adds another great book to the series in this, the third installment. The book is a great stand-alone, though the background learned from the previous two make it all the more exciting if read as part of the larger series. Bass has the ability not only to allude to the previous stories, but incorporate them into the subsequent books without stitching each book together (one book does not continue the story from the previous one). While I was also able to learn a great deal about forensics, ...more
I started this title right after I read Fireproof by Alex Kava. I left one hot spot for another. Fire bugs and murder in Washington D.C. to a suicide by fire in Tennessee... or was it? While I love reading Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, Lisa Black and others who do forensic crime scenes.... I FREAKING love this due partnership of Jefferson Bass. Smart, gritty and right to the gory details. I get the real deal when they talk a crime scene and figure out the death with old bones or green bones. ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton is trying to figure out who murdered Mary Latham and how her car caught fire and burned so extensively when his criminal defense attorney gives him what are claimed to be the cremains (cremated remains) of his aunt, which look more like concrete mix than bone ash. With the help of forensic scientist Art Bohanan, Brockton investigates the crematorium in Georgia that was responsible for the cremation but keeps butting up against stone walls. Eventually, he dis ...more
The writing duo of the University of Tennessee's Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson is back with a third suspense novel featuring Dr. Bill Brockton.

"The Devil's Bones" follows the events of the previous novel as Brockton continues to come to terms with the murder of his lover by his nemesis, Garland Hamilton. Brockton is asked to look into the cremains of a friend's loved one and soon uncovers a scam being perpetrated by owners of a cremation company. Add to this that Hamilton escapes custody and
Oct 01, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A burnt body has been found inside a car in the remote wilderness and Bill Brockton is on the case, torching bodies from The Body Farm to research how fire consumes flesh and bone. Days later, he receives a mysterious package - a set of cremated remains that seems entirely unreal. As Brockton investigates, he uncovers a truth too horrifying to believe… Meanwhile, disgraced medical examiner, and Brockton's nemesis, Garland Hamilton, has escaped from custody. A deadly game of cat and mouse begins, ...more
Dec 14, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is 3rd in the Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass. Jefferson Bass is actually the last names of 2 men that collaborate on the novels. Dr. Wm. Bass is actually the real life expert and founder of the body farm at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As gruesome as it may seem he supervises graduate students in the science of forensics by studying how bodies decay and thus can testify in court that someone died in a certain way or at a certain time. I've read the first 3 books in the seri ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Bass and Mr. Jefferson do it again. I finished this one in a few sittings. Being a University of Tennessee graduate and Tennessee native, it is fun to read these books and know exactly where the characters are. I read these books for the fun, but also for the science behind the forensics. I learn something new in every book.

Be sure you read this one AFTER "Flesh and Bone." While the books are self-contained as far as the main case is concerned, they must be read in order to track Dr. Bill B
Eustacia Tan
Oct 01, 2015 Eustacia Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you all know, I'm a sucker for a good mystery story. Plus, I love Bones (except maybe season 10, because of a certain character's death). So when I saw this on sale at Popular, I figured that it was time to try a new author. Now, I just wish they had more of his books on sale so that I could buy them.

The Devils Bones follows Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist who works that The Body Farm, a place where bodies are left to rot under various conditions in the name of science. In this b
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Cynthia, Shenandoah patron, July 2015, 3 stars:

Devil Bones is the 11th in the Temperance Brennan series that I have read, and they're all entertaining but not, in my estimation, great literature. They suffer from some of the same maladies that affect many of our modern authors in that they are written with speed for a mass market and lack careful editing for context, e.g., Tempe is in Charlotte's First Ward on page 9, but it's become the Third Ward on page 12. Proper grammar and punctuation, app
Dec 17, 2015 Tjfox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As book three in this series, this is just as great as the first two. I have to say after reading all of these so far, I’m absolutely loving the series. I love the characters that are developing along the way as well.

Bill’s character comes across as this truly genuine guy that is imperfect but still tries to be a decent human being. All of the supporting characters that seem to be constant, Miranda and Art are much the same. The humor that gets tossed around amongst them is very much on the corn
Not great writing. Not great pacing. Not great character development. Good story. Firmly grounded in the real world, landmarks and brand names and all. Worth the read, but not worth a re-read or full-price purchase.
Apr 29, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and exciting read!
Jan C
Apr 01, 2009 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: CSI and other forensic fans
Shelves: mystery, south
I enjoy this series. This is the third book for the Univerity of Tennessee forensic anthropologist and his friends. And the book opens with Bill and his friends setting fire to cars.

It was a science experiment that was based on a case where a woman was found in her Lexus all burned up and they were trying to determine if she was dead before the car fire or if the car fire killed her.

But the main story is the return of Garland Hamilton (I almost put the former vice president's name in). He was t
Meneesha Govender
Dr Bill Brockton has lost the woman he loved. Garland Hamilton - the killer and a former colleague - is behind bars and Bill is preparing to testify against him.

At the body farm, he is working on a case that involves fire. His aim is to prove that Mary Latham was killed by her husband and then set alight, rather than her husband's version, which is that she committed suicide.

Then his lawyer sends him what are supposed to be the "cremains" of his beloved aunt. However, both lawyer and Bill are su
Cindy Huffman
Apr 29, 2012 Cindy Huffman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2009 Dorie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Enjoyable book, if not quite as good as previous novels. In this one, Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has his hands full. He is helping with the investigation of a woman who was found burned to death in her car. At the same time, he is privately investigating the cremation of a family member of defense attorney Burt "Grease" DeVriess. Grease thinks there's something strange about his Aunt Jean's cremated remains. As if that isn't enough to handle, an attempted murderer (from a previous boo ...more
Feb 01, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most everything you wanted to know about fire and cremation can be learned by reading The Devil’s Bones. When Mary Latham was found dead in a car destroyed by fire in a field at her farm, Bill Brockton was asked to give assistance to the police. The husband is suspected of the murder but he can prove he was out of town at the time.

The first step in Brockton’s investigation was to burn up two cars at the Body Farm with a body in each car. One was a body that had been dead for sometime and the oth
Nov 02, 2008 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: forensics, mystery fans.
Reading this book is as easy and enjoyable as if the author is sitting right with me and telling me about his experiences. Amazing. I’ve never felt so comfortable in a book before, especially considering the theme. Jefferson Bass is the pseudonym for a team comprising Dr. Bill Bass, world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the real “Body Farm”, and Jon Jefferson, journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. With a background like this you know the novel will be informative an ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Bones is Jefferson Bass' third installment into the Body Farm Series. I wouldn't call any of the books in this series 'stand-alone' because there is a lot of subtext that you will only understand if you have read the other novels.

This novel does, however, differ from the format of the previous novels because the plot is split between multiple cases rather than focusing on a single case. Dr. Bill Brockton finds himself staying busy and trying to piece his life back together after nar
Jul 06, 2010 Afsana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Teresa in Ohio
This installment of the body farm novels picked up right where the last one ended. As the trial is set to begin, Garland Hamilton is on trial for murder. Only he fakes a medical emergency and escapes. In the meantime, Bill is called in to determine how a husband murdered his wife, when she is in Tenn. and he was in Las Vegas. Then the author, rips from the headlines, creamitorium has bodies discoved in the woods. As he works these cases and tries to stay alive protected while Garland hunts for h ...more
Michelle (meshe)
This is the third book in the Body Farm series by the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. This book has 3 mysteries/problems happening. #1 Mary Latham's body is found in a burned out car on her family's farm outside of Knoxville. #2 Dr. Brockton's defense attorney "Grease" asks him to check out the cremains of his Aunt. #3 Garland Hamilton escapes form prison.

#1 -- Seemed to be almost an afterthought. This mystery wasn't the 'biggie' in this book, but was interesting to get the ans
Aug 01, 2013 Rebeka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I think this may be my favorite so far in the series. It brought back Jim and Waylon from Carved in Bone, which was delightful. Art played a decent-sized role... I loved the scene where Brockton, Art, and Miranda accidentally blow up the cars they were trying to burn... I couldn't stop laughing...
There's a whole bunch of great science in there, especially the bit where they matched the frontal sinus pattern of a skull to an X-ray... it was fascinating.
The pace was also very good in this book, ba
Dr. Bill Brockton returns after the death of his colleague and lover. Her murderer escapes before he can be tried for her murder. In addition, Brockton's former defense attorney comes to ask him a favor - check into the cremains of his aunt, they just don't see kosher. Not to mention, his aunt had artificial knees and there's no sign of those. What Brockton finds is startling.

I enjoyed the novel, but found some "issues" with the plot. One element of the plot didn't seem to have any kind of concl
Jill Bowman
Feb 25, 2015 Jill Bowman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book in a good series. In the spirit of honesty I have to say that the dialogue sometimes gets a little stilted or contrived when Dr Bass is trying to get his point across - but I happily forgive that because it's usually such a good point.
This book deals with the crematory scandal of 2010 that happened in No Georgia. As I live in GA it was really interesting to me to read the back story and forensic details. I don't doubt (in my own mind) that Dr Bass had a lot to do with this cas
Ero indecisa tra due e tre stelle... la cosa migliore sarebbe un bel due e mezzo, ma non si può e arrotondo per eccesso.
Terza avventura per Bill Brockton, padre virtuale dell'ormai arcinota Fabbrica dei Corpi. Fortunatamente il nostro dr. B, nel corso della vicenda, ci racconta un po' di quello che è avvenuto nei precedenti libri, perché personalmente non ricordavo più nulla. Qualche dettaglio, forse, ma nulla di più. Lo scoop principale della storia sembra influenzare poco il protagonsta e le d
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Jefferson Bass is the pen name of Jon Jefferson, writer, and Dr. Bill Bass, renowned forensic anthropologist. Jefferson and Bass have collaborated on 2 nonfiction books and 6 crime novels; their 7th novel, The Inquisitor's Key, will
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Other Books in the Series

Body Farm (10 books)
  • Carved in Bone (Body Farm #1)
  • Flesh and Bone (Body Farm #2)
  • Bones of Betrayal (Body Farm #4)
  • The Bone Thief (Body Farm, #5)
  • The Bone Yard (Body Farm, #6)
  • The Inquisitor's Key (Body Farm #7)
  • Jordan's Stormy Banks (Body Farm, #7.5)
  • Cut to the Bone (Body Farm, #8)
  • The Breaking Point  (Body Farm, #9)

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