Carved in Bone
A Body Farm Novel
By Jefferson Bass
(Harper, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060759827, 352pp.)
Publication Date: January 2007
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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 guiltand the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.
With Fascinating Insider Information on the Body Farm!
Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, founded the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facilitythe Body Farma quarter century ago. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career at the Body Farm, Death's Acre. Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science, and broadcast on National Public Radio. The coauthor of Death's Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.
“CARVED IN BONE brims with terrific forensic detail...the real deal.”
-Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author
“A superb mystery—well-plotted, filled with memorable characters, based on accurate forensic science.”
“Southern-fried forensics. Nothing too fancy, but it does taste good going down.”
“[A] knockout...full of rich and sometimes stomach-turning forensic detail.”
-Lansing State Journal
“Fantastic forensic detail and an engaging hero … an authoritative, compelling new voice to the forensic mystery.”
-Jeff Abbott, USA Today bestselling author of PANIC
“Offers terrific forensic details and the science of solving cold cases. It is electrifying, provocative and full of surprises.”
-Dr. Henry Lee, forensic criminologist and author of CRACKING CASES and HENRY LEE'S CRIME SCENE HANDBOOK
“Percolates with wit, gentility, and scientific savoir-faire ... alive with verve and charm...engrossingly entertaining.”
-James Starrs, Attorney and Author, A VOICE FOR THE DEAD
“Move over, Kathy Reichs. The Sherlock Holmes for bones has arrived.”
-Katherine Ramsland, Author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I.
“A gripping murder mystery.”
-Emily A. Craig, Ph.D., Kentucky State Forensic Anthropologist and author of TEASING SECRETS FROM THE DEAD
“CARVED IN BONE introduces a captivating protagonist and is full of obscure, fascinating forensics. [A] fine new talent.”
-Stephen White, New York Times bestselling author of MISSING PERSONS
“[F]ascinating...a delightful course in “how to examine a skeleton,” and the intrigues of the Tennessee moonshine backwoods!”
-Michael M. Baden, M.D., author of Remains Silent and former Chief Medical Examiner, New York City
“[A] unique corpse, solid science, quirky humor and a lovable protagonist.”