The Bone Thief [With Earbuds] (Body Farm #5)
Dr. Bill Brockton has been called in on a seemingly routine case, to exhume a body and obtain a bone sample for a DNA paternity test. But when the coffin is opened, Brockton and his colleagues, including his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady, are stunned to see that the corpse has been horribly violated.
Brockton’s initial shock gives way to astonishment as he uncover...more
To date the topnotch team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson writing as Jefferson Bass has brought us a number of forensic thrillers, Bones Of Betrayal (2009), The Devil's Bones (2008), Flesh and Bone (2007). Each is solidly based on accurate forensic science, well plotted, and chillingly rendered. Precisely what readers would come to expect from Bass who is known throughout the world for his expertise as a forensic anthropologist and founder of the University of Tennessee's Body Farm. When team ...more
A routine endeavor to recover DNA from a corpse reveals the body has been desecrated and plunges Dr. Bill Brockton into a case which poses both personal danger and a moral dilemma for the forensic anthropologist.
Brockton agrees to go undercover for the FBI in a sting operation to stop grave robbers engaged in a black market body parts scheme. His secret involvement poses a rift with Miranda Lovelady, his graduate assistant and self-appointed social conscience, as well as threat to his life.
At th ...more
The investigation leads to Brockon's involvement with an FBI sting center on a businessman who purchases bodies for various medical conferences and to sell on the black market.
Meanwhile, Brockton ...more
When Dr. Bill Brockton is called upon to t ...more
Body Farm founder Dr. Bill Bass continues his semi-autobiographical mystery series with a fifth entry, The Bone Thief. He and his writing partner Jon Jefferson form the team known as Jefferson Bass, and together they bring life to fictional forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton. Readers following the series have seen Brockton through good times and bad. Most recently Brockton lost yet another love interest when she fled after her heinous crimes wer ...more
And, at a certain point, it gave me bad dreams one night so I had to put it down for a while. I think it was all that talk about substituting body parts. Because that doesn't happen to me very often. Where something I have read during the day so stayed with me that it affected my dreams at night.
And so I was re ...more
This is just one of the many puzzles presented by this fifth book in the se ...more
Black market body parts are a big business. At least that is what the FBI is using to convince Dr. Brockton to go un ...more
The setting is in Knoxville Tennessee, an area that I am familiar with. The story line involves forensic pathology, a topic of interest to me. And, the book is labelled SUSPENSE, a genre I enjoy. So...it would be surprising if I did not like this book.
The writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson have created an interesting story. Dr. Bill Brockton runs the body farm, ...more
That being said, I still loved this book. I learn so ...more
I do love to learn something new when I read a book, but this book, like the last one, seems more like an academic text rather than a fiction novel in a lot of places. It is one thing to have some specifics included when addressing a new topic, but I don’t need pages and page ...more
As the story progresses it becomes very apparent that there are multiple story lines ...more
This is the first of the series that I've read, but it's the 5th in the series. A lot of mention is made of previous events. The reader is given enough information to follow along, but I would have benefited from reading in order rather than starting here.
That said, I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting, the mystery intriguing and the technical details utterly fascinating.
Sir Galahad's was closed, too, so we ended up buying coffee from a Starbucks and and doughnuts from a Krispy Kreme counter. I suspected hat the Krispy Kremes were not what had sustained Sir Galahad on his search for the Grail, but they did taste divine: warm, cloudlike puffs of dough, deep-fried to airy perfection, then varnished with a crisp, delicate sugar glaze. "That's tasty," I marveled. "That would be worth a se ...more
As a fan of Bones I tend to look for crime fiction based on forensics.
These days, books are written and published in large numbers. Yet there are complaints that people don’t read enough.
Could be it’s not that people have, overnight, developed a reluctance to read. Could be a lot of what’s being published is frankly bad writing?
So what should constitute good writing, given that the aim of such a style is to cause the reader to read, to read t ...more
Taking place on the campus of UNC where Dr. Bass really does manage a "farm" of dead, decomposing bodies, The Bone Thief's Dr. Bill Brockton investigates the body part black market (including lots of real information that is gruesome). Asked to be part of an FBI sting, Brockton is both saddened by its required duplicity and endangered by its t ...more
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 ...more