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  • May 19, 2010

The first book in the "Body Farm" series was recommended to me by a co-worker. Having had the opportunity to attend a few lectures by the renowned Dr. Bill Bass discussing several different cases he had worked on, I had to read Carved in Bone.

The story is set in East Tennessee; the main character obviously based upon Dr. Bass and housed exactly where the Body Farm and his office actually is made the story fascinating for me. The team of Jefferson Bass does a great job of bringing to life the ambiance of this area. The mountains, the people who live here, the lay of the land and even a few caricatures of people who are regulars in the news.

The story itself is a who-done-it, but it’s a long dead, cold case that the perpetrators want to be kept that way. The authors pull no punches when it gets down to details of how the body is found and what the main character and his assistant have to do to unearth the clues that the body holds. I find it fascinating and felt like I learned a great deal from the read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel, but if you live in the South, you’ll even relate to the characters and story a whole lot more!


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May 19, 2010
I jumped the gun a little bit and read "Flesh and Bone" first. That's the 2nd one in the series. But I'll be coming back to this one very shortly. Nice review.
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review by . June 04, 2010
I piked this book because i am a fan of anthropology but i stayed for what turned out to be a pretty good story. I half expected to be bored out of my mind but was pleasantly surprised to find that i could not put it down.  This was a well written and interesting story with good characters and some good scientific insight. I had never herd of the body farm but i am not surprised that such a place exists. i think that it is really cool what they are doing there and i would be happy to donate …
review by . February 06, 2009
Having just finished reading both "Carved in Bone" by William M. Bass and Jon Jefferson (writing as Jefferson Bass) and "Book of the Dead" by Patricia Cornwell (who is credited by Bass for making his Body Farm famous), my conclusion is that they should come together and write books, perhaps under the name Jefferson Cornwell Bass.     The Bass team covers every juicy (literally) detail of the autopsy process, something lacking in the glossed over versions found in Cornwell's stories, …
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ISBN-10: 0060759828
ISBN-13: 978-0060759827
Author: Jefferson Bass
Publisher: Harper (December 26, 2006)

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