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The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6)

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    an enjoyable thriller

    Dr. Bill Brockton runs the Body Farm in Tennessee. The farm is actually a research facility where human corpses are studied to ascertain decay rates. Bill agrees to assist Floridian forensic specialist Angie St. Claire with a family trauma. In Georgia, Angie's sister Kate died from a shotgun blast to her head. Local law enforcement decided she committed suicide. Angie cannot accept the official denouement as she believes her brother-in-law Don Nicely murdered his wife.

    Nicely nicely buries the evidence when he expedites the burial of his wife's body without telling Angie he moved the funeral forward. As he works the dead sister case, Brockton also becomes involved with a skull and subsequent graves found in the Panhandle. These remains of adolescent boys lead Bill to a reform school where the student-inmates were abused.

    In the latest "Bone" forensic investigation (see The Bone Thief), the two subplots are fast-paced and fun though somewhat muted as the science supersedes the action. Readers will appreciate the insight into forensics but that overwhelms the cases. Still the Body Farm Doctor's latest soiree into human decay is an enjoyable thriller for those who like to remain current.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    If you enjoy police procedurals and forensic anthropology, don't miss this book!

    The Bone Yard drew me in from the first chapter. Not surprisingly, Jonathan Bass paints a clear and authentic picture of the research facility. After all, Dr. Bill Bass is an expert in forensic anthropology and created The Body Farm in University of Tennessee while Dr. Jon Jefferson wrote and produced two films on the facility. I learned a bit about forensic pathology, which made the book even more enjoyable.

    As heroes go, Dr Bill Brockton is an enjoyable one to follow. An acknowledged expert in his field, he is generous with his time and a dedicated teacher. He is insatiably curious and tenacious. He looks for puzzles and won't rest until he solves them. He's a hero to root for. When he comes across the bones that reveal disturbing cruelty to young children, he responds the way that we wish we could, the way we wish people did in real life. He focuses everything on finding out more about these children, solving the mystery of their death and bringing their attackers to justice. The story is engrossing - with sympathetic characters, red herrings, plot twists, and a satisfying ending. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend The Bone Yard.


    ISBN-10: 0061806781 - Hardcover
    Publisher: William Morrow (March 8, 2011), 336 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Dr. Bass rocks!

    I love all the Jeffersin Bass books. I just hate that they end so suddenly. I feel that when they start to get really exciting it's over.

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    Posted December 26, 2012

    Dawn

    Stood proudly next to maxine. Just what a clumsy idiot like you needs!tata!*glides smartly out of sight.*

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    Posted December 2, 2012

    Fluff

    *She licks moonkit the spits out the paint* Ewwwwww thats grosse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Love this series!

    I love this series of books by this author combo. Although I haven't lived there in 15+ years, having been born in Knoxville and being a UT alum probably have a lot to do with my enjoyment of these stories. Dr. Bass's insight makes for great reading. Truly a legend in anthropology worldwide. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    An potentially overlooked series

    This is, I believe, the fourth book. The Body Farm books are reality of the Body Farm meets fiction.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    From the founder of the Body Farm

    I've been a fan of the Jefferson Bass forensic novels from the very beginning. The Bone Yard is the sixth book in this riveting series.

    Recurring character Dr. Bill Brockton is the director of the Body Farm (an anthropology research facility) in Tennessee. Here's the neat part - co author Dr. Bill Bass is himself the founder of the original Body Farm and a world recognized forensic anthropologist. His writing, scenarios and plots have the unmistakable ring of truth and authenticity, which make them absolutely riveting reads.

    In the Bone Yard Dr. Brockton takes on consult with a colleague in Florida. She's asked him to examiner her sister's remains to try to prove that it was murder, not suicide. While looking into this case, he is also asked to have a look at a skull that a local resident's dog has found. When the dog starts bringing back more skeletal remains that show signs of violence, Bill is asked to stay on a bit longer. As he helps investigate, the ugly past of a local reformatory for boys is brought to light.

    I've read the last five books, but decided to listen to The Bone Yard. (great on my walks!) Tom Stechschulte was the reader (I've listened to him before and enjoy his measured reading.) His voice conjured up the mental image I had already formed for Dr. Bill Brockton. Slightly older and gravelly, not overly forceful, but intelligent.

    The subject matter is a bit graphic - some readers/listeners may find it disturbing. But the case itself is based in reality. I was happy that this latest book avoided Dr. Bill's romantic problems brought up in the last book, The Bone Thief. I found them somewhat extraneous and enjoyed having just the mystery as the focus this book.

    This is a series I've come to enjoy and I will definitely be waiting for the next book.

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