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A very interesting book, but not a mystery

  • Apr 1, 2010
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The top -notch team of Dr.Bill Bass, who founded the Body Farm, and Jon Jefferson, a crackerjack journalist, writing as Jefferson Bass does not let you down in this interesting, literate and informative Body Farm novel. In the event you are not familiar with the Body Farm, a tract of 2.5 acres funded by the University of Tennessee had been designated under Bass's direction to document the progression of decay of human bodies. In forensic science investigators need to know when the person in question died, and as well as how he or she died. And they need to know the extent of activity of insects which will tell them how long that body has lain there. For instance, blow flies can immediately sense the presence of death and were already visiting the corpse we meet in the first paragraph of the novel even though she had just been added to the Body Farm dead personnel. By the next day the blow flies would have laid eggs in the ears, eyes and mouth and maggots would be swarming over the corpse. The presence of the maggots tells the investigators the body has been deceased for two days. The Body Farm is a research project, a research project of death.

In the novel,the fictional Dr.Bill Brockton, who heads the Body Farm, goes under cover with the FBI to capture and bring to justice men running chop shops- the illegal sale of bodies and body parts. Although one of the villains is a secret until the end of the book, "The Bone Thief' is really not a mystery story or a whodunit. It is more of a documentary, interesting because you will take a front seat at an autopsy, learn many of the intricacies of transplants, especially hands, which are the rarest and most difficult surgeries performed. You'll see that Dr. Brockton is comfortable with death in his Body Farm, crouching down beside one of his most recent Body Farm tenant, a once beautiful TV anchor woman, to see how she is doing. You'll climb with him down the rickety, slimy ladder of a storm sewer and into the creepy bowels of the sewer where you find that someone has been living down there.You'll be at Dr. Brockton's side when he gets lost in the Tennessee hills at night, having to forge icy cold streams totally naked, his clothes held up out of the water, his shoes dangling around his neck. You'll accompany Brockton when he is obliged to meet a man in a sleazy strip joint, part of an FBI sting. You'll be a witness to just what strippers do.

"The Bone Thief" is a potpourri of many different characters and scenes, but the characters are less interesting than the scenarios in which they operate. Some of the predicaments do stretch the credulity, but this is a very good read indeed, one that will keep you turning the pages.

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review by . July 16, 2010
Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.    The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass is the second Body Farm novel I have read, and I'm sad to say it is just not any better than the first. Jefferson Bass, a composite of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass, have joined the growing glut of authors cashing in on the CSI craze by writing about forensic anthropologists and/or medical examiners or pathologists, however Kathy Reichs, Karin …
review by . May 10, 2010
This is my first book by Jefferson Bass (actually a pair of authors, Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson). When I began this book, it sounded like a story about grave robbing. I didn't find it all that interesting in the beginning, but it definitely got interesting later! It turns out to be a story about the (mostly illegal) ways in which bodies or body parts are stolen for purposes such as biomedical testing and companies who train surgeons to perform new surgeries.       The story's …
review by . May 30, 2010
For some reason, I've never read any of the Body Farm novels by the team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson (hence, the author pen name of Jefferson Bass). I'm not quite sure why, as I like the forensic anthropology genre made popular by Cornwell and Reichs. So to rectify that, I picked up the latest book in the series, The Bone Thief. I'm guessing I'll end up going back to read the earlier ones also, as The Bone Thief was enjoyable and well written.    The story revolves around …
review by . March 25, 2010
FULL OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION AND RIFE WITH SUSPENSE
   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. …
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New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass delivers an authentic and knuckle-biting thriller in which forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton must confront a crime of unimaginable proportions on his own doorstep. Find out why Booklist says, "Fans of forensic fiction will want to add this author to their list of favorites."

The Bone Thief

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 uncovers a flourishing and lucrative black market in body parts. At the center of this ghoulish empire is a daring and prosperous grave robber. Soon Brockton finds himself drawn into the dangerous enterprise when the FBI recruits him to bring down the postmortem chop shop—using corpses from the Body Farm as bait in an undercover sting operation.

As Brockton struggles to play the unscrupulous role the FBI asks of him, his friend and colleague medical examiner Eddie Garcia faces a devastating injury that could end his career. Exposed to a near-lethal dose of radioactivity, Dr. Garcia has lost most of his right hand and his entire left hand. Out of options, he embarks on a desperate quest: both of his ravaged hands will be severed at the wrist and ...

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ISBN-10: 0061284769
ISBN-13: 978-0061284762
Author: Jefferson Bass
Publisher: William Morrow

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