Body Farm Books In Publication Order
- Carved in Bone (2006)
- Flesh and Bone (2007)
- The Devil’s Bones (2008)
- Bones of Betrayal (2009)
- The Bone Thief (2010)
- The Bone Yard (2011)
- The Bones of Avignon / The Inquisitor’s Key (2012)
- Cut to the Bone (2013)
- The Breaking Point (2015)
- Without Mercy (2016)
Body Farm Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Madonna and Corpse (2012)
- Jordan’s Stormy Banks (2013)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Body Farm (2003)
- Beyond the Body Farm (2007)
- Identity Crisis (2015)
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Jefferson Bass Books Overview
On the campus of the University of Tennessee lies a patch of ground unlike any in the world. The ‘Body Farm’ is a place 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 scientist who created the Body Farm has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics, and now, in this heart stopping novel, he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.
A woman’s corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed by the cave’s chemistry into a near perfect mummy one that discloses an explosive secret to renowned anthropologist Bill Brockton. Dr. Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death and decay at the Body Farm, but even he is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment where nothing is quite what it seems.
The surreal setting is Cooke County, a remote mountain community that’s clannish, insular, and distrustful of outsiders. The heartbreaking discovery of the young woman’s corpse reopens old wounds and rekindles feuds dating back decades. The county’s powerful and uncooperative sheriff and his inept deputy threaten to derail Brockton’s investigation altogether. So do Brockton’s other nemeses: his lingering guilt over the death of his wife, and the fury of a medical examiner whom Brockton dares to oppose in court.
Carved in Bone is a richly atmospheric, superbly suspenseful, and magnificently rendered trip into the world of forensic science, the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and the dark passageways of the human psyche. Full of vivid characters and startling twists and turns, this thrilling novel heralds the debut of a major new voice in crime fiction and an unforgettable work from the hand of a scientific legend.
Dr. Bill Brockton, the founder of the world famous Body Farm, is hard at work on a troubling new case. A young man’s battered body has been found in nearby Chattanooga, and it’s up to the talented Dr. Brockton to assemble the pieces of the forensic puzzle. Brockton is brought into the case by the rising star of the state’s mechanical examiners, Jess Carter. Just as they’re on the verge of breaking the case open, events take a terrifying turn. Brockton has re created the Chattanooga death scene at the Body Farm, but a killer tampers with it in a shocking way: placing another corpse at the setting, confusing authorities and putting Brockton’s career and life in jeopardy. Soon Brockton himself is accused of the horrific new crime, and the once beloved professor becomes an outcast. As the net around him tightens, Brockton must use all of his forensic skills to prove his own innocence…
before he ends up behind bars with some of the very killers he’s helped to convict. Flesh and Bone is another roller coaster ride into the world of forensic anthropology, its twists and turns marked by drama and pathos, humor and grief, families and friends and enemies. With captivatingly real characters, plus fascinating scientific insights drawn from the case files of a living forensic legend, this astonishing novel confirms Jefferson Bass as one of our most talented authors of suspense.
In two previous New York Times bestselling novels, Jefferson Bass enthralled readers with ripped from the headlines forensic cases, memorable characters, and plots that ‘rival Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell’ Seattle Post Intelligencer. Drawing on research at the Body Farm three acres of land in the backwoods of Tennessee, where bodies are left to the elements to illuminate human decomposition Bass has moved fiction to a fascinating new realm, with forensics expertise drawn from his five decades of work as the world’s leading forensic anthropologist. But this latest novel cements Jefferson Bass as one of the finest writers of suspense working today, and in a work of drama, cunning, and heartbreak, thrills the reader with fiction that feels all too real.
A woman’s charred body has been found inside a burned car perched atop a hill in Knoxville. Is it accidental death, or murder followed by arson? Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton’s quest for answers prompts an experiment straight from Dante’s Inferno: In the dark of night, he puts bodies to the torch, researching how fire consumes flesh and bone.
In the meantime, Brockton is sent a mysterious package a set of cremated remains that looks entirely unreal. With the help of a local crematorium, he investigates and discovers a truth too horrifying to believe: A facility in another state has not been disposing of bodies properly, instead scattering them all around the grounds.
Little does Brockton know that his research is about to collide with reality with the force of a lit match meeting spilled gasoline. En route to trial, his nemesis, medical examiner Garland Hamilton, has escaped from custody. What follows is a deadly game of cat and mouse, played for the ultimate stakes: Brockton’s own life. With help from his loyal graduate assistant, Miranda, and ace criminalist Art Bohanan, Brockton eventually tracks Hamilton, but when the police arrive, they find only a smoldering ruin. Sifting through the ashes, Brockton finds the incinerated remains of Hamilton…
or does he? The answer along with Brockton’s ultimate test comes in a searing moment of truth.
The first three Body Farm novels Carved in Bone, Flesh and Bone, and The Devil’s Bones took readers deep into the backwoods of East Tennessee, where fascinating forensic science mixed with extraordinary characters, including the Farm’s charismatic founder. Now, in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series Kathy Reichs calls ‘the real deal,’ truth, lies, war, and history intertwine in a story that reaches new heights of suspense. This is Jefferson Bass’s most ambitious and enthralling book yet.
Bones of Betrayal
Dr. Bill Brockton is in the middle of a nuclear terrorism disaster drill when he receives an urgent call from the nearby town of Oak Ridge better known as Atomic City, home of the Bomb, and the key site for the Manhattan Project during World War II. Although more than sixty years have passed, could repercussions from that dangerous time still be felt today?
With his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady, Brockton hastens to the death scene, where they find a body frozen facedown in a swimming pool behind a historic, crumbling hotel. The forensic detectives identify the victim as Dr. Leonard Novak, a renowned physicist and designer of a plutonium reactor integral to the Manhattan Project. They also discover that he didn’t drown: he died from a searing dose of radioactivity.
As that same peril threatens the medical examiner and even Miranda, Brockton enlists the help of a beautiful, enigmatic librarian to peel back the layers of Novak’s life to the secret at its core. The physicist’s house and personal life yield few clues beyond a faded roll of undeveloped film, but everything changes when Brockton chances upon Novak’s ninety year old ex wife, Beatrice. Charming and utterly unreliable, she takes him on a trip back into Oak Ridge’s wartime past, deep into the shadows of the nuclear race where things were not quite as they seemed.
As Beatrice drifts between lucidity and dementia, Brockton wonders if her stories are fact or fancy, history or myth. But he knows one thing that she holds the key to a mystery that is becoming increasingly labyrinthine. For as the radiation count steadily rises, and the race to find the truth intensifies, the old woman’s tales hint at something far darker and more complex than the forensic anthropologist himself could have ever imagined.
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 replaced with those from a cadaver. But unless suitable ones are found soon, the opportunity will be lost. As Brockton delves deep into the clandestine trade, he is faced with an agonizing choice: Is he willing to risk an FBI investigation and his own principles to help his friend? Will he be able to live with himself if he crosses that line? Will he be able to live with himself if he doesn t? And as the criminal case and the medical crisis converge, a pair of simpler questions arise: Will Dr. Garcia survive and will Brockton?
In this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass, Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine state when he’s called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a boys’ reform school in Florida The Bone Yard The onset of summer brings predictably steamy weather to the Body Farm, Dr. Bill Brockton’s human decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee. But Brockton’s about to get more heat than he’s bargained for when Angie St. Claire, a forensic analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asks him to help prove that her sister’s death was not suicide, but murder. Brockton’s quick consulting trip takes a long, harrowing detour when bones begin turning up amid the pines and live oaks of the Florida panhandle. Two adolescent skulls ravaged by time and animals, but bearing the telltale signs of lethal fractures send Brockton, Angie, and Special Agent Stu Vickery on a search for the long lost victims. The quest leads them to the ruins of the North Florida Boys’ Reformatory, a notorious juvenile detention facility that met a fiery end more than forty years ago. Guided by the discovery of a diary kept by one of the school’s young ‘students,’ Brockton’s team finds a cluster of shallow graves, all of them containing the bones of boys who suffered violent deaths. The graves confirm one of the diary’s grim claims: that one wrong move could land a boy in The Bone Yard. But as the investigation expands, it encounters opposition from the local sheriff, who’s less than delighted to find forensic experts from the state capital and the Body Farm digging up dirt in his county. As Brockton and his team close in on the truth, they find skeletons in some surprisingly prominent closets…
and they learn that the ghosts of the past pose perilous consequences in the present.
A pioneer of modern forensic anthropology reveals secrets of the world’s first and only laboratory devoted to death. Forensic science and murder investigations are among the most fascinating topics of our time. Dominating television and print media every season, both as fiction and nonfiction, the subject could not be hotter. As one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists, Dr. Bill Bass is the premier guide to this unusual world. Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bass’s: on a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria, and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the ‘Body Farm,’ nature takes its course with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, locked in trunks of cars. As scientific stand ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science and the cause of justice. For thirty years, Dr. Bass’s research has revolutionized the field of forensic science, particularly by pinpointing ‘time since death’ in murder cases. In his riveting book, he investigates real cases and leads readers on an unprecedented journey behind the locked gates of the ‘Body Farm.’ A master scientist and engaging storyteller, Bass shares his most intriguing cases: his revisit of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder fifty years later; the mystery of a headless corpse, whose identity astonished police; the telltale bugs that finally sent a murderous grandfather to death row and many more.
There is no scientist in the world like Dr. Bill Bass. A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Bass created the world’s first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition three acres of land on a hillside in Tennessee where human bodies are left to the elements. His research at ‘the Body Farm’ has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time of death. But during a forensics career that spans half a century, Bass and his work have ranged far beyond the gates of the Body Farm. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using fascinating cases from his career to take readers into the real world of C.S.I. Some of Bill Bass’s cases rely on the simplest of tools and techniques, such as reassembling from battered torsos and a stack of severed limbs eleven people hurled skyward by an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory. Other cases hinge on sophisticated techniques Bass could not have imagined when he began his career: harnessing scanning electron microscopy to detect trace elements in knife wounds; and extracting DNA from a long buried corpse, only to find that the female murder victim may have been mistakenly identified a quarter century before. In Beyond the Body Farm, readers will follow Bass as he explores the depths of an East Tennessee lake with a twenty first century sonar system, in a quest for an airplane that disappeared with two people on board thirty five years ago; see Bass exhume fifties pop star ‘the Big Bopper’ to determine what injuries he suffered in the plane crash that killed three rock and roll legends on ‘the day the music died’; and join Bass as he works to decipher an ancient Persian death scene nearly three thousand years old. Witty and engaging, Bass dissects the methods used by homicide investigators every day, leading readers on an extraordinary journey into the high tech science that it takes to crack a case.