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Flesh and Bone (Body Farm #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  8,034 Ratings  ·  466 Reviews
Anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton founded Tennessee's world-famous Body Farm—a small piece of land where corpses are left to decay in order to gain important forensic information. Now, in the wake of a shocking crime in nearby Chattanooga, he's called upon by Jess Carter — the rising star of the state's medical examiners — to help her unravel a murderous puzzle. But after r ...more
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2007)
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Anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton, founder of Tennessee's world-famous Body Farm for forensic studies, is accused of murder.

I enjoyed this story.

I took off one star because the author engaged in one of the things I find most irritating in a work of entertainment, he got on his soapbox and ridiculed other people's cherished beliefs.

In here there is a scene where Dr. Brockton lectures his college class on how ridiculous it is to believe in creation, and that all the evidence points to evolution.
Feb 19, 2014 Karel rated it did not like it
A step down from the first with a meandering plot that went nowhere fast.

What annoyed me into a review is that halfway into the book, there's a heavy handed creationism vs. evolution debate. I'm as atheist as any other atheist, I reckon, but I found it tasteless - with the creationists being portrayed as morons and the MC representing the Voice of Evolution. Whether this - the fact that creationists are generally morons - is true or not, it's still very obviously inserted into a plot that has no
Jun 01, 2011 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The forensic anthropology was more interesting than the character. I ran out of patience with the clumsily-devised protagonist. The ineptness of the 60-ish fellow, thrown into dating by the death of his wife, is not cute, just tiresome. His grandchildren run screaming when he knocks on the door because they saw on the news that he was a murderer. I mean, really. And there is some silliness about his being trans-phobic, and then inexplicably Miss Georgia Youngblood becomes his bosom buddy. Charac ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
The mystery part of this book was excellent. The science was interesting and a bit gross (much takes place at the Body Farm), it followed a good progression and didn't make any fantastical leaps. But there was an agenda in this book that made it feel preachy.

There is a whole subplot regarding creation/evolution that has nothing to do with the mystery. This would be fine except that the way it is presented is highly insulting and disrespectful. Every time this issue is brought up in the book it i
Nikki Nielsen
May 16, 2013 Nikki Nielsen rated it really liked it
I never read the back of a book before I start the book itself. This is one time that I wish I would have. After finishing the book I was so sorry to tell the characters goodbye that I went on to read 'About the Author' and learned that Jefferson Bass is actually a writing team. The 'Jefferson' of the team is Jon Jefferson, a journalist who also wrote and produced National Geographic's documentaries on the Body Farm. The 'Bass' of the team is Dr. Bill Bass, the University of Tennessee's professo ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Spuddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Body Farm mysteries featuring Dr. Bill Brockton, founder of the research institute dedicated to learning more about how we decompose. In the first book, I enjoyed the forensic parts but was not crazy about the main character, and that trend continued in this book. For all that Dr. Bill Brockton is the consummate “nice guy,” I just can’t get attached to him, nor do I really care much about him—even when he’s suspected of murder. He’s just boring milquetoast for me. But I *did* enjoy the ...more
Jan 26, 2017 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

Started off with a simple murder, and it quickly became something else entirely. A twist that I did not see coming, ugh! :(
Oct 17, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
Jefferson Bass return with their second explosive novel, equally as exciting as the first and full of teaching moments, as well as a well-laid plot and great character advancement. Not only is the reader treated to a great mystery (or two), but we learn a great deal more about physical anthropology and the environs of Eastern Tennessee. Although the book can get a little technical, it is not above the threshold of most readers and does entertain some interesting ideas/debates that remain prevale ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Kristen rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
So far, and admittedly, I am only about 5 chapters in, this is about 180 degrees in term of gore that the first of the series. I don't know if the editors patted the authors on the heads and said, "Nice first book, but you know what sells? EXTREME GORE." The first book focused on science, and on suspense and atmosphere. This second book is so disgusting that I might not be able to finish it. If we don't get past the preliminary scene of crime parts pretty soon, I'm moving on.

Edit: Man, this book
Anne Hawn Smith
Jun 24, 2009 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, forensics
I felt that this book was better than the first one. I found it hard to put down even though I had a pretty good idea who the murderer was. It was a little harder to figure out who was framing Bill Brockton. The forensic details are a little gruesome, but the are handled pretty well.

This would be an excellent book if it wasn't for the diatribe against anyone who believes in creationism or intelligent design. I found it to be an intolerant and even bigoted. There are noted scientist who believe i
Jul 29, 2013 Neeuqdrazil rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2013
I thought I had written a review of this one. Apparently my mind is playing tricks on me.

This was the second Jefferson Bass book that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. The reveal at the end came as a surprise to me (although it probably shouldn't have done.) But the characters were interesting, and well-fleshed-out, the story was engrossing, and I think I might have even stayed up way too late one night finishing it.

I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
Apr 09, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: Kathryn
Shelves: myst
A good read! I could put it down for the first half, but accidentally got sucked into reading the rest of it, instead of sleeping! Liked how there was a lot going on before the extra body showed up! I wished there was more loose-ends tied up, though, before the end. I also enjoyed how you could see "brockton's gang" at the end. I thought the lawyer was an interesting character, too.
Dec 05, 2010 Nicolette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Writing crime-thriller series to a deadline
Co-authors Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass insist it’s most important, writes Nicolette Scrooby

THE Daily Dispatch chatted to American crime writers Jon Jefferson who is a journalist, writer and documentary film maker, and Dr Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist who founded the Body Farm over 25 years ago, ahead of the South African release of their third book in the Body Farm series, The Devil’s Bones, out this month. The Body
Loving this series
Renee Pinkston
Feb 26, 2012 Renee Pinkston rated it liked it
I will admit, I have been trying to read this book for about 6 months now. It isn't that the story or the writing is bad, it is just that the first 13, to me were just really slow and didn't really leave me wanting to turn the pages. There were just small bits of exciting things, like the crime scene and the accurate description of the Body Farm, but other than that there was a lot of talking and setting up the plot for the remainder of the book. After chapter 13, things started to pick up the p ...more
Aug 12, 2009 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Galen Johnson
Oct 26, 2012 Galen Johnson rated it did not like it
Gave this series a second shot, and if anything this book was worse than the first in the series. The plotting is terrible, the pacing is off, and the main character is uncomfortably awkward and self-centered. There are a bunch of inconsistencies in the timing (for example, the main character gives a lecture on a Monday and mentions what he will talk about the next Monday, and then in the middle of that week he talks about how school is on Spring Break that week) and repetitive passages (for exa ...more
Feb 07, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christy by: mystery lovers, forensics lovers
Chattanooga medical examiner Jess Carter has been acting ME for Knoxville since the suspension of Dr. Garland Hamilton based on testimony by Dr. Bill Brockton, forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm. When Brockton is asked by Carter to help investigate the death of a transvestite mutilated and bound to a tree in a state park, he recreates the crime scene at the Body Farm using a cadaver similar in appearance and body. As Carter and Brockton proceed through their investigation, they ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
This is another winner by the team Jefferson Bass. I'm not sure I liked it as much as "Carved in Bone" but it was still very good.

The mystery: a man is found half decomposed hanging from a tree dressed in drag.

This book delves more into Dr. Brockton's (founder of the Body Farm in the novels) personal life.

Art Bohanan is a Marshall now and working pedophile cases which absolutely tear him up but he is still a top finger print expert and helps in identifying the corpse once Dr Brockton finds som
While this, the second in the Body Farm series was another good read, the first half of the book contained too much romance for my taste; It seemed to override the story. Upon reading further, however, you begin to see that the romance is essential to the continuance of one of the plot lines.

About halfway through the book something quite unexpected and devastating takes place and rocks Dr. Brockton's world to the core. However that's only the beginning of the devastation for him; He finds he's
Jan C
Mar 21, 2009 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, south
The first in the series written by the founder of The Body Farm at UT, Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson.

This is more about TN rural life than anything else and he goes out to Cooke County. Not sure if there is a "real" Cooke County - but there is a Cookeville - where I had to go take a test one time about 30 years ago. It's grown up some since then. At that time, it had been hard to find a place to stay or to eat. Now they have fast foods joints out the wazoo. Probably a lot of motels too.

Anyway, o
Joanne Parkington
Feb 25, 2014 Joanne Parkington rated it did not like it
I tried .. i really tried with this second installment in the 'Body Farm' series but life is too short to waste on monotinous rubbish like this. Firstly, it is dreadfully slow and is full of mind numbing, unessessary explanation's such as car journey's etc that could easily be condensed into a short paragraph instead of a whole page. Then there's the unfunny 'Creepy Christmas Uncle' humour .. the one liner's that are cringe worthy & the scenario's like the one in the gay drag queen club wher ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it
A good book!! It kept me turning pages quickly. Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologis, and Medical Examiner Jess Carter have worked together on a number of cases and are on the verge of developing a romantic relationship. Brockton is director of the University of Tennessee's "Body Farm" and is a professor at the college. He inadvertently upsets a student with his rant against creationism, and is about to be sued by the student's parents. Meanwhile, he and Carter are investigating the murde ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Diana rated it liked it
I certainly enjoyed the story and the anthropological forensics as before, but I felt that this was cruder, and extremely stark. Perhaps unnecessarily so. (I understand the nature of the crimes and don't shy away from a story about them, but the actions of the protagonists were extremely off-putting and odd.) I also was taken aback for the blatant Christian bashing. Furthermore, the authors never resolved that particular plot point. Lastly, the killers given motives were quite unbelievable, thou ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Courtney rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I liked the overall plot a lot, but the story felt bogged down by the writing style. It was very descriptive and at times unnecessarily so. I didn't want to read about every minute detail of every location the characters visited. I also felt that the character of Bill was not very authentic - he is supposed to be an intelligent scientist who is a pioneer in the field of forensics, and yet he is constantly asking very basic, low-level questions of his colleagues. This is obviously a way for the a ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Eyehavenofilter rated it really liked it
This is # 2 in the series by Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bass. A terrific writing team as far as I'm concerned. I can't say enough about their macabre style and twisty turns that, so far keep me guessing till near the end.
Bass is just the guy you want on your team, to investigate anyt death, no matter how wierd. He is represented by Dr. Bill In the books, and his students are hanging on his every word as well they should be.
Dig to the boneyard at University of Tennessee Anthorpology Research
Jul 31, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
Reader: Eric Singer has a soft southern accent that adds charm to a plot containing gruesome forensic details (not a cozy). Better than 1st Body Farm novel. No evolution-rant in this one. Recommended for those who like gruesome, well-plotted plots with an interesting cast.

In memory of: Officer Ben Bohanan 1975-2004 KIA (RIP) ©2007

Read to see if this one is better than the first body farm novel.

#1 in Body Farm review:
Warned my Christian friends against this rant, what a waste of an obviously ta
Jul 12, 2010 Shannon rated it liked it
This is the second in the series. The premise is good but when the authors stray off track to throw in their red herrings with the evolutionists v. creationists I actually found myself a bit revulsed. I am not strong for either side, am not religious and am far from being a scientist. I believe people should be able to make up their minds based on information provided. I get really frustrated when either side gets rabid about their position and that's what happens here thus, the 3 stars. I did l ...more
Mar 06, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it
I was sick and bored and desperately looking for something to read at my parent's house. I found this and although it is a stretch from most of the novels I like to read, I was drawn in and fully enjoyed reading through this crime drams. Dr. Bill Bass is a legend at the University of Tennessee and I regret not taking one of his classes. The book is fiction but shows great insight into the study of bones in forensic science. I have no capacity whatsoever do this type of work but it is really fasc ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Kay rated it it was amazing
I'm so proud of myself for reading these in order! Almost read this one first since the library had it and didn't the first one. However, I tracked the first one down and managed to finish it before picking up this one. Am I glad I did!!!! This book would have ruined the first one for me.

The plot is intriguing and I really like the characters. It was shocking and upsetting when one gets murdered in this book!! I'll shut up before giving away the ending.
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Other Books in the Series

Body Farm (10 books)
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