Carved in Bone

March 3, 2009

Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass
I came across this series while looking for something to satisfy my Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell addiction. This certainly worked.

Jefferson Bass is really two people: journalist Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass, the creator of the actual Body Farm (officially called the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility). The Body Farm series is heavily rooted in Dr. Bass’s real life experiences, which lends the writing nice detail and authenticity.

In Carved in Bone, Dr. Bill Brockton finds himself unwillingly dragged into the back country of Tennessee, filled with secrets and crooked law enforcement; a place where outsiders are not welcome. Called on by Tom Kitchings, Cooke County football hero turned sheriff; Brockton goes to examine remains of a young woman found in a local cave. The situation turns ugly when the victim is identified; causing decades old tensions to resurface. As he searches for the victim’s killer, Brockton finds nothing in Cooke County is as it seems, leaving him unsure and questioning which are the good guys and which are the bad.

Although not quite as heavy on the forensic and body examination as I would have liked, this is definitely a series that I’m going to keep reading. On a slight side note, I now can’t wait to also read Death’s Acre: inside the legendary forensic lab the Body Farm where the dead do tell tales and Beyond the body farm: a legendary bone detective explores murders, mysteries, and the revolution in forensic science. Both are non-fiction books about Dr. Bill Bass’s real life work experiences.