Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Book Review: Flesh and Bone

Title Flesh and Bone: A Body Farm Novel
Jefferson Bass
Rating ****1/2

This is a big book physically and in impact. This is the second in the series about Bill Brockton, forensic anthropologist and director of the Body Farm, the facility that investigates the forensics of decomposition.

Brockton develops as a character quite a lot in this book, and it is a character worth knowing. He is a decent man, a good man, with empathy for the people he deals with. In this novel, he begins a romance, his first since his wife's cancer death a couple of years ago. But things begin to go badly wrong for the doctor, a Perfect Storm of troubles on the personal and professional front. One problem is the threat of a lawsuit after he gives a pro-evolution lecture in one of his classes... the chapter is marvelous, by the way. Brockton is tested and how he changes and comes through this makes for a fascinating story.

Publication Harper (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Publication date 2008
ISBN 0060759844 / 9780060759841

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