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Bones of Betrayal (Body Farm #4)

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The first three Body Farm novels—Carved in Bone, Flesh and Bone, and The Devil's Bones—took readers deep into the backwoods of East Tennessee, where fascinating forensic science mixed with extraordinary characters, including the Farm's charismatic founder. Now, in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series Kathy Reichs calls "the real deal," truth, l

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Published (first published February 3rd 2009)
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In book 4 of the Body Farm series, forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Braxton is asked to help retrieve a body that has been found frozen in ice at an abandoned hotel’s swimming pool. He and his assistant / grad student Miranda take the frozen block of ice, with body intact, to the morgue and set it on a gurney in the autopsy suite to thaw. When they return for the autopsy they get more than they bargained for. The dead man was a long-retired scientist with the Manhattan Project, working at Oak Ri ...more
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Apr 18, 2010 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, disaster, south
The beginning of this book startled me so much I had to put the book down for a week or so. An old scientist involved in the Manhattan Project had been murdered by radioactivity and a couple of people at the lab were exposed to it in varying degrees. And that thought was scary - how you could be exposed to radioactivity and not even know it until it was too late.

Bill Brockton, who usually spends most of his time at his Body Farm, spent much of this book in Oak Ridge, a company town if there ever
Oct 29, 2009 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The history of the Oak Ridge project is interesting (but not as fresh as Marianne Wiggins' Evidence of Things Unseen). The book gets technical about radiation, and the jokes and dialogue are tired and a bit contrived. The constant, detailed description of his driving routes gets tedious,too. Dr. Bill Brockton is a bit stiffer in this book and seems younger than in the prior books of this series (he is mid 50's in this book). I wanted to know more about Dr. Garcia and the progression of his radia ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Jody rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
on the plus side - takes place in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, and got me interested in reading more about the Manhattan Project.

unfortunately it was awful.
Dr. Bill Brockton is called into to assist with a murder investigation in Oak Ridge, Tennesssee. The body of a promient man who worked on the Manhatten project is found face down in a frozen pool. Brockton is able to free the body and finds the man was poisoned by a radioactive pellet that was slipped into his medication.

But why was the man killed? Does it relate to his time working on the Manhatten project and the nuclear weapons that were used to end the second World War?

The fascinating world
May 30, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love their books because of actual sites ,real people who are characters and accurate background information. In this case it is Oak Ridge TN and the development of the nuclear bomb during WWII.Arpad Vass(Kasey Anthony trial)was a graduate student of Dr. Bill Bass at UT and makes an appearance with his Sniffer Machine which is used along with "Cherokee" a cadaver dog.East Tn is also of interest since I have family who live near Knoxville.
The mystery is an old one, and a modern one with a bizar
I thought this was the worst book in the series so far. I just don't find the WW2/Manhattan Project subject very interesting and the book seemed less well-crafted than the others, like they hurriedly tied some things together and rushed the book out. The flashback stories were boring, the 'twist' was not all that surprising and for the first time, I saw characters repeating phrases other characters had used in the first two books; these were people who had not interacted, so it seemed odd that t ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, southern
Starting out formulaic, this book has a nice turn when it combines two of the most interesting places in East Tennessee -- The Body Farm, a forensic science laboratory associated with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and the historic Nuclear Research facility in Oak Ridge. Interesting stuff within the framework of a fast-read mystery.
Jan 30, 2010 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a cheesey read, but I really enjoyed this murder mystery because it was located in Oak Ridge, TN where my husband grew up. I knew all of the sites they were talking about, and I loved learning more about the rich history of Oak Ridge as the secret city that enriched the uranium for the atomic bomb used in WWII.
Jun 09, 2010 Jlaurenmc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bones of Betrayal actually began as my least-favorite-thus-far Body Farm novel. I found it difficult to drum up interest in nuclear and radiological terrorism, which is the subject matter as the novel begins. However, that quickly changed -- so much so that Bones of Betrayal may actually be my favorite of the four books so far. It would be difficult to beat the second and third books being set partially in my former college town of Chattanooga (and its outskirts). But Jefferson Bass enters new t ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bass produces a stellar fourth book in the series, pulling away from out and out forensic anthropology and moving into a stronger history lesson tied to the atomic bomb. When a body is found to be contaminated with a radioactive isotope, everyone is left scrambling for cover (literally and figuratively). When it all traces back to one of the Manhattan Project outposts, the pieces begin to come together and the mystery deepens. The memory of an elderly woman who worked on the Project and her murd ...more
Bill Brockton is called to the scene of a death in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Miranda, his assistant, is puzzled by the fact that Bill is bringing a chainsaw to a death scene. On arrival, Miranda gets her answer. The body is frozen in the swimming pool of an old hotel. Brockton uses the chain saw to release the body from the frozen pool.

The body turns out to be Dr. Leonard Novak. Dr Novak was one of the leaders in The Manhattan Project centered in Oak Ridge. The Manhattan Project was a secret govern
Kathleen Hagen
Bones of Betrayal, by Jefferson Bass, AKA John Jefferson and Bill Bass, A-minus, narrated by Tom Stechschulte, produced by recorded Books, downloaded from

Dr. Bill Brockton is in the middle of a drill preparing for nuclear terrorists when he is called to Oak Ridge, the town in Tenessee which fostered the Manhattan Project. He goes to a hotel where there is a corpse in the swimming pool, but the pool is frozen over. The ice is thick and he cuts it with his chain saw which then falls t
Jan 31, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is 4th in the novels by Jefferson Bass which is actually a collaborative effort of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass who is a world renowned forensic anthropologist and the founder of the body farm at the University of Tennessee. This book besides being a very interesting mystery was quite an interesting history of Oak Ridge which is right next door to Knoxville, Tn. This was the "secret" city/military compound created solely to create the atomic bombs in the early 1940's that would ultimatel ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of forensic anthropology mysteries is topnotch. Co-authored by the founder of the famous "body farm" at the University of Tennessee and a journalist, each book has been somewhat different in feel, but utterly fascinating. The reader is introduced not only to scientific aspects of the crime, but also to different settings and cultures. This newest novel delves into the past history of Oak Ridge and the role it played in the Manhattan Project. What was it like to work there, particular ...more
Brockton and Miranda are at it again only in seems that they must depend in the un dependable. A demented 90 year old widow of a physicist they they find face down in his back hard pool, only he didn't die form a fateful midnight drowning he died from radiation poisoning. This is one of those " un-put-down-able" books that I love. Twists and turns, red herrings galore, with great characters and "pull,your hair out by the roots," "why didn't I think of that "moments, that only these authors can p ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first body the forensic anthropologist is asked to examine turns out to have died from a highly radioactive pellet in his gut. To find out how it got there, there is a lot of explication about radioactivity on human tissue, and the history of Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. It turns out there is another body, killed in 1946, by the old lady who tells such charming stories of life at Oak Ridge during the war, where, it turns out, she was a Soviet spy, and killed the writer she was sle ...more
Lora King
#4 in the series. I just love these books. I can just see these guys running around East Tennessee solving murders. This one is centered in Oak Ridge and yes, involves OR's nuclear past. A modern day murder (or two) along with a 1940's murder set the stage for this mystery. I think being one of Dr. Brockton's friends is dangerous, but being a romantic interest is just deadly! I like the history lesson on the work done at OR and the personal twists the writers always add. A very entertaining read ...more
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This one was missing much of what I have found I really love in the Body Farm books. The dorky humor was there, but it sort of fell flat this time. We had almost no actual forensic work or science in this at all and it was a bit on the dull side to me.

I think the biggest problem and why so much of those things are missing is because this is more of a history on the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb, the culture of Oak Ridge and very little else. Bill’s part and his participat
Dec 13, 2015 Linh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading books about subjects that I'm unfamiliar with because I love learning about new things.

In Bones of Betrayal, Jefferson Bass's setting for his latest murder mystery introduced me to Oak Ridge Tennessee, the research site for the atomic bomb. While I had heard of the manhattan project and it's monumental role in the end of WWII, I never really researched the details.

Bass builds his mystery around this historical town, drawing from the events and characters that went with it. The fic
Shirley Albright
First of all, let me say that I LOVE to read anything having to do with forensic pathology. This was an interesting crossover between that subject and American history, particularly the Oak Ridge research facility, home of the bomb and a key site for the Manhattan Project of WWII. The plot twists and turns around a dead body that accidentally exposes the autopsy staff to extreme gamma radiation. From there great care is taken to describe the community of workers and scientists that originally wo ...more
Feb 01, 2009 J.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
The mystery wasn’t difficult to solve but the story was fast-paced, entertaining and educational--especially if you have an interest in forensics and the early history of our venture into weapons of mass destruction. Worth the read.
Apr 13, 2010 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is my new favorite in this series. I liked the way they fused the truth with fiction, it made me want to learn more about the truth.
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Apr 09, 2011 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
lots of information about Manhatten project and dangers of radiation poisoning
Jun 01, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
AVERAGE. A body of an old man is found frozen in a pool near the Oak Ridge, TN nuclear research facility. After removing him, it is discovered that he is Leonard Novak, a leader of the Manhattan project and has been poisoned with radiation. The foresnic anthropologist, Brockton, talks with Novaks’s former wife and enlists the aid of an attractive librarian. Brockton’s grad students gives a few tidbits here and there about forensic anthro, and the uninitiated will learn a little about radiation p ...more
This title superseded the previous three just with historical content alone. One fourth into the book, I needed to search the internet for more details. Historical knowledge is so thrilling and I'm so impressed with this writing duo. Wishing I had learned more about WWII than just dates and axis powers. This war was vast and the bomb was a huge part of D-day. The science was brilliant but the rewards, the after effects caused some incredible emotional damage. A subject one could debate and worth ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The forth installment of Jefferson Bass’s Body Farm series finds Dr. Bill Brockton investigating a scientist’s death due to radiation poisoning. The deceased elderly man used to work in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project. Was his death because of his work, was it suicide or was he murdered? Or could he have been a communist spy?!

Bones of Betrayal, unlike the other books before it, deals much more with WWII, nuclear weapons and espionage than the study of anthropology. It was a nice change of pac
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars A mystery and a glimpse behind the scenes of the Manhattan Project, February 2, 2009

This review is from: Bones of Betrayal: A Body Farm Novel (Hardcover)

I enjoyed this 4th book in the Body Farm series. It does have a lot of background info, historical anecdotes, and scientific detail, but the author melds it nicely within the framework of the mystery of a murdered man found frozen in a swimming pool in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The dead man, Dr. Leonard Novak was a prominent scie
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