Carved in Bone with Bonus Material (Body Farm #1)
For a limited time, discover how The Body Farm series started with Carved in Bone, for free, including an excerpt from the new novel by Jefferson Bass, The Bone Yard, available this February.
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Bass, Jefferson – 1st book
Harper, 2007- US Paperback- ISBN: 9780060759827
***Anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton is summoned to a Tennessee mountain town where the local sheriff and deputy take him to see a mummified corpse of a young woman. His first task is to find out who she is and how she died. And then he has to find out who killed her while not dying himself.
*** I liked this book. The protagonist clearly knows his forensics but is down to earth, g...more
Author Jefferson Bass is himself a fascinating character. Too bad he doesn't exist.
Bass is a hybrid between writer Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass - the forensic anthropologist who founded the notorious "body farm", a three acre breeding ground for rotting corpses in backwoods Tennessee. In fact, the area is...more
I enjoyed reading this book, although it wasn't near as interesting as the crime scene investigation workshop I attended conducted by the author, Jon Jefferson. After hearing him describe what it was li...more
I enjoyed the setting in the book as well... it creates environment for lots of characters!
There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets. The real-life scientist who founded the "Body Farm" has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.
Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the...more
While the emphasis on the decay of human remains is not for the squeamish, forensic science is crucial to resolving a crime that happened decades ago. The insights into poverty in the south, religious practices, feuds, police misconduct, and a widowe...more
Reading this is pretty similar in tone and style to reading his non-fictional books. The main character is just like Dr. Bass, as is his job, experience, etc., in fact I’m not all that certain why they gave him a different name. Maybe to keep us remembering that it is a fictional story, not an actual case Dr...more
Oh, god! I do love how Bass started this. He sets you up thinking one thing in the Prologue and switches completely by the first chapter. His character, Dr. Brockton, is interesting. He's got a wicked sense of humor and some personal issues and it's a good thing that he accepts a joke on himself...turnabout is fair play. That said, I found this story more clinical and detached t...more
By: Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson a..k.a Jefferson Bass
Re-owned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has pent his career surrounded by death at the body farm. Now he’s being called upon to solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds...more
Dr. Brockton runs the Body farm at the University of Tennessee. The Body Farm is a unique research...more
Dr. Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death and decay at the Body Farm, but even he is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment where nothing is quite what it seems." The surreal setting is Cooke County, a...more
Probably due to the fact that most books like these that I have read have female leads, it took me a little while to adjust to the male lead in this book. Then I realized he is an older man teaching undergrads and working with grad students and was a little creeped out by that, especially since he...more
The characters felt fully developed. I truly despised the Sheriff for most of the book. I found the Deputy bumbling in a charming way. I realize that this is told from first POV but a bit more physical description on Dr. Brockton would be helpful...more
I found a few typos on the Nook, especially in the beginning, but they weren't so bad that I gave up. I should probably be an editor.
This series is a collaborative effort between Dr. Bill Bass (the scientific...more
I found Carved in Bone to be a great forensic mystery while actually sneaking in some biology education, which is really fun - without meaning to you're learning. Parts of the book are...more
There's a lot more humor, including "gallows" humor in the book - but not of the offensive or even gross-out type.
The descriptions of forensics, evidence-gathering, bone cataloging, scene-handling et cetera are extremely well done and precise without being too overly detailed. At no time did I find the science or police parts of the novel to get boring. The description of a cataloging the bones of a...more
Art is definitely my favorite, with his good humor, his complete disgust towards defense lawyers and most criminals, and his quick thinking... He seems like the perfect friend for Brockton, and I kind of wish the guy was real......more
Then out of the blue comes th...more
Sheriff Kitchings calls Dr. Brockton about a body found in a cave. It has been there a long, long time.
Dr. Brockton also has another case he is working on that the medical examiner tha...more
Very entertaining if a bit far fetched. Yes, I get that it is fiction, but I read this kind of book because I enjoy the science and other factual information that is woven into the story. The science was spot on. The setting, the backwoods of Tennessee, while artfully described, was a bit of stretch. (I have hiked over much of the area.) For instance, the cave that plays a major role in the drama is a little too conveniently laid out for the author and not realistic in nature. While the Karst g...more
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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...more