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Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Thriller: A Body Farm Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jefferson Bass
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A woman's corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed into a near-perfect mummy. Clueless, the local police enlist the help of Dr Bill Brockton, renowned anthropologist and founder of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility - the Body Farm - where human corpses are left to the elements, and every manner of decay is fully explored for the sake of science and the cause of justice.
The body has been found in Cooke County, a remote community that's clannish, insular and distrustful of outsiders. When Brockton's autopsy discloses an explosive secret, old wounds are reopened and feuds rekindled. As the powerful and uncooperative sheriff and his inept deputy threaten to derail Brockton's investigations, even Brockton, after years surrounded by death and decay, is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment, where nothing is quite what it seems.

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'Carved in Bone brims with terrific forensic detail ... the real deal' Kathy Reichs.

'Fantastic forensic detail and an engaging hero ... an authoritative, compelling new voice to the forensic mystery' Jeff Abbott.

'A superb mystery ... written with more flair and literary sensibility than anything by John Grisham' Charlotte Observer.

Jeff Abbott

Fantastic forensic detail and an engaging authoritative, compelling new voice to the forensic mystery

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3116 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 Mar. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038QN29O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPELLING DEBUT NOVEL OF A BONE DETECTIVE... 19 May 2008
This is a superlative mystery, well-written and full of rich forensic detail that is seamlessly woven into the intriguing plot. The characters, especially the engaging protagonist, are well-fleshed and interesting. The anthropological forensics are explained in fascinating detail. Moreover, the author certainly has a way with words, as he has mystery, humor, and science join forces in a way that ensures that the reader will remain riveted to the pages of this book.

The story takes place in Tennessee, where the world renowned "Body Farm", officially known as the Anthropology Research Facility of the University of Tennessee, is located. It is there that the highly respected forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton works, heading up the postmortem-decay research lab.

When he is called to a crime scene by Sheriff Tom Kitchings of Cooke County, which is located in the remote mountains of Tennessee. Dr. Brockton is taken to a cave where he sees the body of a young woman who has been dead for about thirty years. He is shocked to find it preserved in a unique manner that is due to a set of unusual environmental conditions in the cave in which the body was laid to rest.

Removing the body to his research lab, Dr. Brockton sets out to unravel the mystery surrounding this woman's death. Little did he know the can of worms that he would open. Secrets that had long been festering in that insular, backwoods mountain community would now rise to the surface, and old wounds would come to a head, unleashing a bitterness that threatens to derail Dr. Brockton's efforts. It seems that those intent on preserving the status quo will stop at nothing. Moreover, It also seems that those least expected to be involved in a cover-up are doing their best to thwart Dr. Brockton. Just what is going on in Cooke County?
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4.0 out of 5 stars FEUDING, FIGHTING, AND FORENSIC DETAIL 27 Jan. 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Actually, the name of the site at the University of Tennessee is the Anthropology Research Facility, but it's known to the world as "Body Farm," a nickname chosen by a Tennessee FBI agent and made famous by Patricia Cornwell's popular crime novel. The facility, a three acre site devoted to postmortem-decay research, was founded some 25 years ago by Dr. Bill Bass, renowned for his expertise in forensic anthropology. Now, in addition to his studies and the assistance he gives to law enforcement officials, Dr. Bass has teamed with journalist/filmmaker Jon Jefferson to pen a novel so loaded with forensic detail that some may decide to sleep with the lights on.
This writing team wastes no time in snagging readers with a prologue detailing protagonist Bill Brockton's probing of a corpse with a hunting knife. After locating a space just behind the heart's lower chambers, "...I set the tip of the hunting knife there–it snagged in the soft flesh–then leaned in and began to push. It took more force than I'd expected......As my victim jerked and skidded from the force, a rib broke with the sound of a green tree branch splintering."
Definitely not a story for the squeamish or weak of heart. The graphic prologue is fair warning of descriptions to come as Brockton is called upon by Cooke County's sheriff Tom Kitchings to accompany him to a remote cave hidden in the Appalachian Mountains. This is a trip fraught with peril for Brockton as he suffers from vertigo and motion sickness. Nonetheless, his malaise is forgotten when he enters the cave and finds a mummified body on a rock ledge.
Of course, there are many questions: is it a male or female? How long has the body been there and how did he/she die?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as their later books 31 Mar. 2010
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Whilst this is the first book in the Body Farm series written by the collaboration Jefferson Bass, it's actually the third book of theirs I've read, as I didn't read them in order. It's just as well this is the case, because to be honest, if I'd read this one first I probably wouldn't have been tempted to read any others.

As it is, I read "Bones of Betrayal" first, followed by "The Devils Bones" and, as they were both exceptional writing which was hard to put down, unfortunately "Carved in Bone", in my opinion, just didn't live up to the standard I'd expected.

Whilst the forensic detail was excellent, I felt that too much time was spent describing these weird characters in an Appallachian (sp?) Mountain community and their historic feud which tended to cloud the issue a bit. I felt that the ending was a bit of a let-down, rather than all loose ends being tied up.

However, I'm pleased to see that the subsequent books in the Body Farm series are much better (IMHO) and the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass have obviously developed and improved. Therefore, I will continue to buy and read further books in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up the Reichs tradition 16 July 2008
As a Kathy Reichs fan, this was always going to be on my 'must-read' list. The writing team continues her tradition of combining good writing with the excellent science and knowledge of the job which come from having done it yourself - and the writing is good. I particularly like Brockton's line in easy but slightly macabre humour, as illustrated by the excellent opening scene in which he's found with a knife in a corpse - the reader might almost be forgiven for thinking this is some kind of bizarre forensic/serial killer update of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd! I look forward to more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read.
Published 4 months ago by David Sheriff
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not quite as enjoyable as previous books by the same author.
Published 5 months ago by joan shackleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoying this book - keep telling all my students about it!!
Published 7 months ago by Emma Carruthers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 11 months ago by Eileen Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Just brilliant. Wonderful team of both writers and characters. Just re-kindled my interest in this duo, still not sure about Kindle versions of books though.
Published 14 months ago by ZZ_Alpha
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fantastic book, I have read both deaths acre and beyond the body farm so when I found out they teamed up to do fiction I had to have a read and I love it, now I am starting book... Read more
Published 14 months ago by V. Usher
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Well written and highly entertaining. Love all the body farm thrillers and this is no exception. Would highly recommend if you like thrillers this is for you.
Published 16 months ago by fiarra
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good book if you enjoy csi programmes the body farm was made famous in the csi programme a good read kept you guessing who murdered the girl in the cave
Published 19 months ago by julie mould
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
It was a meeting in an elevator that started it all, the book was on offer at 99cents and I needed something to read. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J H Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Carved in Bone
I love the Bodyfarm series. I discovered them two years ago, and although I have read them out of sequence I had no difficulty keeping up with the thread. Read more
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