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Flesh and Bone (Body Farm Novel Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jefferson Bass
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Book Description

Anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton founded Tennessee's world-famous Body Farm—a small piece of land where corpses are left to decay in order to gain important forensic information. Now, in the wake of a shocking crime in nearby Chattanooga, he's called upon by Jess Carter—the rising star of the state's medical examiners—to help her unravel a murderous puzzle. But after re-creating the death scene at the Body Farm, Brockton discovers his career, reputation, and life are in dire jeopardy when a second, unexplained corpse appears in the grisly setting.

Accused of a horrific crime—transformed overnight from a respected professor to a hated and feared pariah—Bill Brockton will need every ounce of his formidable forensic skills to escape the ingeniously woven net that's tightening around him . . . and to prove the seemingly impossible: his own innocence.

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of the entertaining second Body Farm novel from the pseudonymous Bass (the writing team of forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass and journalist Jon Jefferson), Dr. Bill Brockton ties a dead man dressed in drag to a tree at the Body Farm (a facility he heads outside Knoxville, Tenn., devoted to researching postmortem decay), in an effort to replicate a recent murder. Dr. Bill's just beginning a romantic relationship with another participant in this experiment, Chattanooga medical examiner Dr. Jess Carter. The story veers wildly from fascinating forensics with a high yuck factor to sophomoric and corny romantic byplay, often in the same scene. Fans of the bestselling first book in the series, Carved in Bone, and readers with a penchant for the gross and grisly will take to Dr. Bill, a hero with a big heart who isn't afraid to tackle complicated issues while solving mildly engrossing mysteries. Dr. Bass and Jefferson are the coauthors of Death's Acre, about the actual Body Farm. 7-city author tour. (Feb.)
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Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton, who made his debut in Carved in Bone (2005), returns to defend himself against a charge of murder. The mummified body of a woman is found in a cave in Tennessee. Brockton, who works at the University of Tennessee's Body Farm (founded in real life by Bill Bass, one-half of "Jefferson Bass"), has seen his share of gruesome sights, but this one has him stymied. And when a second body turns up, Brockton finds himself square in the spotlight. The second Body Farm mystery is as smoothly written as the first (Bass' coauthor, Jon Jefferson, is an accomplished journalist), but it goes a lot farther in exploring its protagonist, a man who spends his life looking at death. The story is razor sharp, too, with a nice mixture of mystery and horror. Fans of forensic fiction will want to add this author to their list of favorites. David Pitt
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  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000N0WTPG
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
"Flesh and Blood" is the sequel to the writing team Jefferson Bass' first fictional work, "Carved in Bone." 'Jefferson Bass' is a pseudonym from Dr. William Bass, the famed forensic anthropologist and writer of "Death's Acre" (a non-fiction autobiography and excellent treatise on forensic anthropology) and Jon Jefferson, who worked with Dr. Bass producing "Death's Acre" and two National Geographic documentaries on the Body Farm.

"Flesh and Bone" takes up close to where its predecessor, "Carved in Bone" leaves off. Dr. Bill Brockton and his faithful GA assistant, Miranda, are setting up an experiment on the Body Farm. Their goal is to reproduce a gory murder of a young may they believe to be a hate crime against homosexuals. By reproducing the crime using a donated cadaver, they are hoping to clearly establish the time of death of a young man left hanging in a tree dressed in drag paraphenalia and brutally mutilated.

As the story goes on, Dr. Brockton and Dr. Jess Carter, the Chattanooga, TN Medical Examiner, are getting much closer. It looks like Dr. Brockton may stand a chance at love after 2 years missing his deceased wife.

Of course, not all things are going smoothly. A classroom lecture gone somewhat awry, ends up with Dr. Brockton having to defend himself against creationists, mirroring the infamous 'Scopes Monkey Trial' which happened only a few miles from Knoxville in Dayton, TN. Some would call this plotline 'unnecessary' but I think it's very timely and interesting--considering this week an East Coast teacher was fired under accusations of witchcraft--for teaching counter to the views of her principal.

But the situation decomposes much faster than the bodies--when the crime scene mockup is tampered with, Dr.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forensics Thriller is the Real Deal January 23, 2007
Following the NY Times bestseller CARVED IN BONE, which was a great forensic mystery, Bass has produced one of the best forensic stories I've ever read. In this outing, Dr. Bill Brockton and his University of Tennessee's body farm are at the center of the crimes--in more ways than one. The crimes themselves will appease the most blood-thirsty reader, and the peril will stump the most avid suspense reader. I'm not going to give a hint of the story--you'll just have to take my word for it: This newe series is NOT TO BE MISSED!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel January 31, 2007
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Once again we meet Dr. Bill Brockton - whom we met in Carved in Bone - and his continued research at the Body Farm - Where Carved introduced the characters, Flesh gives them depth. Deals with murder, controversy, and reversal of fortune. Amidst this intensity, there is humor - my favorite character, Art, Brockton's best bud, adds much needed laughs in the book, especially after the intense opening of the book. But it is his steadfast friendship with Bill that remains steadfast and wish we could all have such a friend. We meet another character who I certainly hope will have a recurring role in sequels, Miss Georgia. Flesh continues the excellence of Carved and fans certainly will be looking forward to the next in the series. A great read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Bone.....A Solid Sequel February 27, 2007
To put my review in perspective, I work directly across the river from the body farm and can see the hillside from my office window. I have known of Dr. Bill Bass and his work for many years. His work is extremely facinating and has revolutionized forensic investigations and likely helped solve many cases.

That said, I feel that the first book, Carved in Bone, was a better, more entertaining read. That's not to say Flesh and Bone is not good, I do recommend it. I just liked the first one much better. To me, the first half of Flesh and Bone was very slow and drug the story out too much. The context of the evolution vs intelligent design, although I'm sure Dr. Bass has dealt with similar situations in his real Body Farm experiences, seemed to be out of place and not germain to the story line. The extra layer to the story that it provided was never really used and seemed to distract from the main plot.

However, the last half of the book, after the murder of a key character, raced by and reminded me of how much I enjoyed the first book. The story, the investigation, and the outcome was very well written and I enjoyed reading it.

All in all, this is a good book that I enjoyed. Though not as good as the first in the series, I still recommend it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs A Better Edit August 26, 2008
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Flesh and Blood, A Body Farm Novel

When I bought this book at a drug store enroute to the airport last month, I wasn't thrilled with the selection available. I'd looked at all the other books on the shelf and nothing else jumped out at me. So, just like when the Wintergreen Lifesavers box is empty and I have to satisfice with Peppermint, I picked it up. The cover text promised that this work would thrill the fans of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs. Hmmmm......

Jefferson Bass is a pen name for the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Bass, founder of University of Tennessee's Body Farm, and Jefferson, a seasoned journalist, combine their expertise in murder, mayhem and small town politics to produce a story about a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Bill Brockton, who works with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Medical Examiner, Dr. Jess Carter, to solve murders and put the bad guys in jail.

Now I read and enjoy almost all types of fiction (except science fiction). Sometimes I like a snack--a la Janet Evanovich's One for the Money, sometimes I need a meal--like Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Flesh and Bone, however, is more like the jar of pickled okra in the back of my pantry leftover from the gourmet basket I received as a housewarming gift from my contractor twelve years ago.

I have to admit that I did not realize this book was the second in a series. Perhaps some of my frustration with the first few chapters might have been mitigated, had I read the first book. Before my plane took off, I was getting itchy to throw the book in the trash and start Sky Mall shopping. I had read/skimmed over the first 10-15 pages before I even realized the first person narrator, the main character, was male.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing! Minimal editing slips
Excellent writing! Minimal editing slips, most of which are on the digital side rather than the written side. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Jefferson Bass has done it again. It is another one of his books that you won't want to put down.
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This book was really slow until about 60% of the way through. I have read 2 other books in this series and they seemed a lot more action packed. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting read. Kept my attention. Read in a few days while in Mexico on the beach!
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Just finished and loved book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Have only read a few of the body farm books, but they are good stories & entertaining characters. This one is a fast read, could call it popcorn cause you just want to keep reading... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Labree
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Cornwell fans, take note, you'll enjoy this series
If you like Kay Scarpetta in Patricia Cornwell's books, you'll enjoy this series. Start with "Carved in Bone". Looking forward to reading all the books.
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Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Together, they wrote Death's Acre, a nonfiction account of the Body Farm, before tackling forensic under the pen name of Jefferson Bass. Their debut novel, Carved in Bone, reached # 25 on The New York Times Best Seller list and was followed by Flesh and Bone, The Devil's Bones, and a second nonfiction title, Beyond the Body Farm. Of the six Body Farm novels already in print, five have been New York Times bestsellers. Their seventh novel, "The Inquisitor's Key," comes out May 8, 2012.

Jefferson and Bass bring their own unique set of strengths to the partnership. Dr. Bass, the duo's scientific expert, is a legend in forensic circles. In 1980 he created the world's first laboratory devoted to human decomposition: the University of Tennessee's "Body Farm." Dr. Bass has authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific publications, most of them based on the research facility's work. During half a century in the classroom, Dr. Bass taught tens of thousands of students, including many of the foremost forensic anthropologists practicing in the United States today. He's been featured on numerous network television news programs, as well as in documentaries for National Geographic and the BBC. CBS was not exaggerating when it called Dr. Bass "America 's top forensic scientist."

Jon Jefferson, the "writer" half of Jefferson Bass, is a veteran journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. His journalism credits include work for The New York Times, National Public Radio, Newsweek, and USA Today. Jefferson learned the art of combining scientific material with compelling human stories during a decade as a science writer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In the 1990s he began writing and producing television documentaries, mainly for the History Channel and the Arts and Entertainment Network, covering topics ranging from World War II fighter planes to ancient art treasures at the Vatican. While making a two-hour A&E special about the Vatican in 1998, Jefferson first visited Avignon; thirteen years later, he returned to Avignon to research the richly layered new Body Farm novel, The Inquisitor's Key. The Jefferson-Bass collaboration began in 2001, when Jefferson wrote and produced two National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm--films that earned high rating around the world. The rest, as they say, is history--or, in this case, memoir and crime fiction!

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Okay, you Knoxville folks--what gives?
I totally agree!!! Dr. Bass has advanced forensic science and assisted so many law enforcement departments and I am glad that the public is able to get a glimpse of his work. Dr. Bass is passionate about his work and it shows in everything he does. I have met Dr. Bass at several seminars and... Read More
Nov 11, 2007 by Donna L. Greer |  See all 2 posts
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