From Publishers Weekly
The lack of a strong central plot undercuts the third forensic thriller by bestseller Bass, the team of Dr. Bill Bass, founder of Tennessee's world-renowned Body Farm, and journalist Jon Jefferson (after 2007's Flesh and Bone
). Two cases occupy Dr. Bass's fictional alter ego, Dr. Bill Brockton—the death of Mary Latham, a 47-year-old Knoxville native, whose charred remains were found in a burned-out car, and a disreputable Georgia crematorium that simply dumped bodies on its grounds. These probes soon take a backseat to a cat-and-mouse game with the doctor's arch nemesis, Garland Hamilton, who tried to frame him for murder in Flesh and Bone
. When Hamilton escapes from incarceration before going to trial, Brockton must keep looking over his shoulder. While a smattering of Bass's trademark authentic forensic detail lifts this main narrative thread, a more focused look at a single case might have made the novel a better read. (Feb.)
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“[A] fine thriller...this third installment is the best of a steadily improving series, but it’s doubtful we’ve seen the finest moments yet.” (Booklist)
“A superb mysterywell-plotted, filled with memorable characters, based on accurate forensic science.” (Charlotte Observer)
“A superb mystery...written with more flair and literary sensibility than anything by John Grisham.” (Charlotte Observer, praise for CARVED IN BONE)
“A gripping murder mystery.” (Emily A. Craig, Ph.D., Kentucky State Forensic Anthropologist and author of Teasing Secrets from the Dead)
“[A] unique corpse, solid science, quirky humor and a lovable protagonist.” (USA Today)
“[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)
“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)
“Carved in Bone brims with terrific forensic detail . . . the real deal.” (Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author, praise for CARVED IN BONE)