There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets.
The real-life scientist who founded the “Body Farm” has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.
Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.
With Fascinating Insider Information on the Body Farm!
I gave this book a 5-Star rating because it had my interest from beginning to end. Reading about cadavers and forensics has been an interest of mine ever since I worked in a Public Defender’s office in my early twenties. I enjoyed the characters and the story plot. All was well done and worth the read. This is a book I would recommend to friends and family and read again. In conclusion I must say the humor was great. – J Matthews
I love the Jefferson Bass mysteries and this is the second I’ve read. Knowing that the author(s) generally know their subject inside (pun intended) and out makes them even more enjoyable. The plot twists and turns are as winding as a Tennessee mountain road. If you like the Bones TV series or Patricia Cornwell’s books, which I’ve read for years, you’ll love these as well. I got another one free, but paid for this one for my Kindle. – A. Schmoll
The lead character is not cryptic or mysterious, like his fictional counterparts tend to be. A down-to-earth guy with a wry and sometimes unappreciated sense of humor, he is willing to learn about himself, and curious and committed enough about his cases to face his fears, however powerful. He’s imperfect and fallible, but dogged as well. And so far, his gut instincts about people ring true and sometimes save his life. I enjoy this character and the clear, almost-there details of his stories. I appreciate how easy he is to imagine and like. And after spending a tumultuous night with him, I’m now looking to acquire as many other Jefferson Bass books as I can. – Laurie B. Adams