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The Devil's Bones


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Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, founded the Body Farm 25 years ago. Jefferson is a journalist, writer and documentary film-maker. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today. Together they have written two other novels in the Bill Brockton series, Carved in Bone and Flesh and Bone and two non-fiction books, Death's Acre and Beyond the Body Farm.


As this third thriller (after Carved in Bone and Flesh and Bone) by the pseudonymous Bass (the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass, forensic anthropologist and founder of University of Tennessee's Body Farm, and science writer Jon Jefferson) opens, Bill Brockton is back at work on the Body Farm after the recent murder of his lover and an attempt on his own life. The killer, Garland Hamilton, nurses a fanatical grudge against Brockton. Before his trial begins, Hamilton escapes and is presumed to have died in a mountain cabin fire. In the meantime, Brockton uses his skills and those of his graduate student Miranda in various unrelated cases, including that of a Georgia crematorium stacking bodies in the woods and providing fake ashes to the families. The authors juggle several quickly moving narratives until the final confrontation between Brockton and his nemesis. Buy wherever forensic fiction is popular, and be aware of several graphic scenes and descriptions. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/07.]-A.J. Wright, Anesthesiology Lib., Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

The lack of a strong central plot undercuts the third forensic thriller by bestseller Bass, the team of Dr. Bill Bass, founder of Tennessee's world-renowned Body Farm, and journalist Jon Jefferson (after 2007's Flesh and Bone). Two cases occupy Dr. Bass's fictional alter ego, Dr. Bill Brockton--the death of Mary Latham, a 47-year-old Knoxville native, whose charred remains were found in a burned-out car, and a disreputable Georgia crematorium that simply dumped bodies on its grounds. These probes soon take a backseat to a cat-and-mouse game with the doctor's arch nemesis, Garland Hamilton, who tried to frame him for murder in Flesh and Bone. When Hamilton escapes from incarceration before going to trial, Brockton must keep looking over his shoulder. While a smattering of Bass's trademark authentic forensic detail lifts this main narrative thread, a more focused look at a single case might have made the novel a better read. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

'Fantastic forensic detail ... Jefferson Bass brings an authoritative, compelling new voice to the forensic mystery' Jeff Abbott. * Jeff Abbott *
'If you like Kathy Reichs, you'll like Jefferson Bass. Perhaps even more' The Times. * The Times *
'More graphic than the frankly sedate Patricia Cornwell, Jefferson Bass' latest novel in the Body Farm series will please all crime fiction fans who love squirming at intricately gory detail' Buzz. * Buzz *
'The real deal' Kathy Reichs. * Kathy Reichs *

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