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Outshines any early Scarpetta books,
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This review is from: Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel (Hardcover)
Patricia Cornwell made us aware of The Body Farm, and this book is dedicated to her. But Dr. Bill Blass, the person who created the real Body Farm in Tennessee, has written a wonderful book about the real deal. His hero, Dr. Bill Brockton, who I think is loosely based on Bass, is a brilliant forensic anthropologist professor who also teaches at University of Tennessee. A mummified body is found in a cave that begins the body of the book's plot, and it is a great ride. Brockton's friend Art helps him in the field work and his character is also sound and is a friend who you would like to watch your back on top of being a brilliant professional. We also meet several back woods characters that figure in and are also great.
This book sets itself up for sequels, and I cannot wait for the next - a digruntled ex-medical examiner is trying to get even after Brockton finds he botched an autopsy and there is unfinished business between them.
Fans of the Scarpetta books will not be upset at the descriptions of various states of body decomposition, autopsies, and other situations. Maybe someone who has not become familiar might. BUT this is a book to read and I almost finished it in 1 reading, so that tells you something. Excellent characters, sound plot, intruiging scenes put you in the book. Really wonderful.