Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book Review: The Bone Thief

Title The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel
Author Jefferson Bass
Rating ****

This is a series I love, mainly because I love the main character, Bill Brockton. He is a forensic anthropologist who runs the Body farm at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a place where corpses are exposed to the different situations in order to study the process of decomposition. The Body Farm exists, and one of the authors of this series is in charge of it in real life. It has provided an amazing amount of information that has been invaluable to law enforcement.

Anyway, in series, Brockton is a middle-aged widower. Since his wife died several years ago, he has begun new relationships twice. One of the women was murdered, and the next turned out to be a murderer. She is now on the loose, but the place she hid for a while has been found, with a positive pregnancy test. Meanwhile, corpses are turning up that have been mutilated in a way that suggests parts of them were harvested for the trade in organs and tissue for transplant. Another strand of the story covers Brockton's colleague whose hands were mostly destroyed by radiation in the last book. There's a chance he could receive a hand transplant, but it is a new and risky procedure.

This is a good book. It is not as good, in my opinion, as the last one in the series, but it has more of what I do love about the series... decent characters trying to make life a little better, a little truer.

Publication William Morrow (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date 2010
ISBN 0061284769 / 9780061284762

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