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FULL OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION AND RIFE WITH SUSPENSE

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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. When teamed with journalist, science writer, and documentary film-maker Jon Jefferson, the results are outstanding.

With THE BONE THIEF Dr. Bill Brockton the fictional head of the Body Farm faces his greatest challenge. Initially, what Brockton is asked to do is a bit odd, but certainly not frightening. An exhumation order has been signed. Once at the cemetery Brockton explains to his assistant, Miranda, "We're here to help figure out if Trey Willoughby fathered a child by Sherry Burchfield." The question is a bit juicy as Sherry, some 20 years prior, had been Knoxville's most famous madam." Brockton is hoping to do a little "postmortem dentistry" - extract several te4eth from the corpse and secure DNA evidence. The shocker is that Willoughby is missing his arms and legs. While his silk suit is in a state of partial decay, the sleeves of the jacket and the legs of the trousers "were filled with white PVC pipe; plastiC in place of human flesh and bone."

Shortly after it is discovered that the amputations occurred after death, Brockton is astounded to discover that there is a black market in body parts. Further, he is asked by the FBI to participate in a sting operation to help discover the ghoulish thieves. Of course, if things go awry it's doomsday for Brockton.

For those who enjoy forensic thrillers this one is filled with scientific detail and rife with suspense.

- Gail Cooke
FULL OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION AND RIFE WITH SUSPENSE

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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 . April 01, 2010
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 …
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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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