The Bone Thief (Body Farm Series #5)

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It seems a routine case for Dr. Bill Brockton, the exhumation of a body to obtain a bone sample for a DNA paternity test. But a shocking discovery awaits Brockton and his colleagues when the coffin is opened: the corpse inside has been horribly violated. The grisly find embroils the Body Farm's founder in a dangerous investigation into a flourishing black market in body parts, as Brockton is recruited for an FBI sting to bring down a postmortem chop shop—using corpses from the ...

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Overview

It seems a routine case for Dr. Bill Brockton, the exhumation of a body to obtain a bone sample for a DNA paternity test. But a shocking discovery awaits Brockton and his colleagues when the coffin is opened: the corpse inside has been horribly violated. The grisly find embroils the Body Farm's founder in a dangerous investigation into a flourishing black market in body parts, as Brockton is recruited for an FBI sting to bring down a postmortem chop shop—using corpses from the Body Farm as bait.

But as he descends deeper into a ghoulish empire on the trail of a ruthless grave robber, Brockton faces a devastating choice that could compromise the investigation and place him in even graver peril. And for the sake of a damaged friend—a medical examiner who has lost his hands—Brockton may be forced to risk his principles, his freedom . . . and even his life.

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Those looking for a mystery in this so-so sequel to Bones of Betrayal, the fifth forensic thriller from bestseller Bass (the pseudonym of Bill Blass and Jon Jefferson), may be disappointed to find the solving of an embalmer’s murder relegated to a subplot. Bill Brockton, the chair of the University of Tennessee’s anthropology department and head of the human decomposition research facility known as the Body Farm, is still preoccupied with the fallout of the previous book’s events, which left his emotions in turmoil and a close friend maimed. The woman Brockton had fallen for, who turned out to be the killer he was seeking, escaped after Brockton confronted her. The present book largely focuses on Brockton’s efforts at undercover work after the Feds involve him in a case against an unscrupulous tissue bank. No less than two deus ex machinas at the end undercut the realism. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062277404
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Body Farm Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 307,874
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, is the creator of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility, widely known as the Body Farm. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career at the Body Farm, Death's Acre. Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science and broadcast on National Public Radio. The coauthor of Death's Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

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    entertaining Body Farm mystery

    University of Tennessee's anthropology department chairman and the head of the school's human decomposition research facility the Body Farm, Dr. Bill Brockton and his grad assistant Miranda Lovelady open a coffin to obtain a sample for a DNA paternity test. However, the remains inside have been desecrated.

    The FBI asks Brockton to assist them on ending a lucrative body parts black market operation. He agrees to play the role of a supplier though he remains preoccupied by his last case Bones of Betrayal. At the same time he struggles with an undercover role to end a chop shop, his medical examiner friend Eddie Garcia has been exposed to a dose of radioactivity that has cost him both hands amputated and likely his job unless he takes an illegal underhanded spin with his hope being Brockton.

    This is an entertaining Body Farm mystery as the hero is caught in a personal value's dilemma between helping his friend and ending the black market sales of body parts. This issue comes on top of his inability to move past the betrayal that "murdered" his heart. Although two late shaky spins detract from an otherwise solid undercover tale, forensic fans will enjoy Dr. Brockton's moral crisis.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Great continuation of the Body Farm Series

    I have loved reading this series and becoming involved with all the characters. Look forwards to more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    Another top read by JeffersonBass... ethics and morality versus

    Another top read by JeffersonBass... ethics and morality versus friendhip... a mystery to solve and body parts black marketing that must be stopped... Dr. Brockton has his hands (and heart) full in this must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Stronger writing than its predecessors

    Anytime Grease calls, Dr. Bill Brockton knows the case could be dicey. "Grease" is the nickname given to Burt DeVriess, a wealthy Knoxville defense attorney. DeVriess wants Dr. Brockton to exhume the body of a eight-year-old corpse in order to determine if the wealthy decedent fathered an illegitimate child with one of the city's most notorious madams.

    But, the body in the coffin isn't intact. Someone's chopped up the decedent. As Dr. Brockton continues his investigation, he uncovers more of the Ivy Funeral Home's former clients with empty graves.

    But why are dead bodies being stolen? Parts are big business. Some unscrupulous tissue firm is clearly paying for cadavers.

    When the FBI get a lead on a firm, they ask Dr. Brockton to go undercover and offer to supply the group with donated cadavers from the Body Farm. The assignment goes against everything Dr. Brockton stands for, but if the law has any chance of catching the grave robbers, he's going to have to help.

    "The Bone Thief" is my favorite of the Body Farm novels by the award-winning team of Dr. Bill Bass, the founder of the real Body Farm, and Jon Jefferson, his film and writing partner. It's the grittiest and tightest paced of their efforts so far. The book will literally have you up reading well past your bedtime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Love

    I love his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    On the 5th book in this series

    If you enjoy reading authors like Tess Gerritson or James Patterson this series would be a good read.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    Excellent suspense and good character development

    This is a great book, providing twisty-turny mysteries within a mystery and good character development. I also enjoy the education imparted throughout the story by its authors.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This whole series is intriguing. Love the story for it's factuality of the anatomy and of some history. This book is for those who are not squeamish about unpleasant things such as decomposition of the human body and all that it involves.
    I would definitely recommend this for a book club discussion.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Excellant

    Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Another great book!!!

    Im a fan of Dr. Bass and love his stories. Book 2 is still one of my favorites. Great writeing duo. Bass' stories and Jeffersons words. Keep it up!

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    Jefferson Bass has done it again. The Body Farm novels are an e

    Jefferson Bass has done it again. The Body Farm novels are an excellent read.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    The Bone Thief

    Dr. Bill Brockton runs the 'Body Farm' where donated bodies are laid out in plots, carefully kept track of by his assistant and studied for different affects on decomposition. Burt DeVriess, 'Grease', a defense attorney calls Dr. Brockton to examine a body that is being exhumed for a paternity case. The only problem is, when the body is exhumed, it is obviously missing some pieces!
    Black market body parts are a big business. At least that is what the FBI is using to convince Dr. Brockton to go undercover to help them find who is buying and selling these body parts. After opening several other graves, the signs point to a funeral home and Brockton reluctantly agrees to be a part of the sting.
    All the while, Dr. Brockton is trying to reconcile with a former flame who isn't at all what she appears and, may have a bigger hold on him than Brockton ever imagined! He is also faced with several ethical decisions one of which could jeopardize a man's life and could be losing a valuable asset in his assistant.
    This is a thrilling addition to the Body Farm series. Once you start it, you won't put it down!

    Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Fun page turner

    Another great story in the body farm series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I have enjoyed all of the Jefferson Bass books. The Bone Thief provided a perspective about the secretive work & creation of the atom bomb. Great book!

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Wow! Hard to put down

    I liked the synopsis, knew a little about Dr. Bass' body farm before I discovered this series, but did not expect such a wonderful story. Great characters, some of the most detailed and unique I've ever seen. The story is complex, multi-faceted, and if you like forensic stories, Patricia Cornwell, autopsies, murder investigations, etc, then this is a must for you. This is book #5, I went out and bought the first four in the series and my wife and I devoured them one by one. It is not necessary to read them in sequence, but it will help as some events and characters are referred to downstream and come into play in subsequent stories (in a peripheral way). Start with Carved in Bone (#1), then Flesh & Bone, The Devil's Bones, Bones of Betrayal, The Bone Thief, then The Bone Yard (hardback as I write this). You won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Again!

    Superb Body Farm book, yet again! Keep 'em coming.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

    One for the Good Guys

    If you have not yet found one of the most likable characters in literature, you need to meet Dr. Bill Brockton. He is a straight arrow with a firm moral compass which, in The Bone Thief, gets him into all kinds of trouble. As usual, Jefferson Bass wraps several plots around each other. In one plot, Brockton is asked to do a simple paternity test on a dead man (Brockton is the fictional director of the University of Tennessee's very real body farm) But when the corpse is exhumed, it has been horribly mutilated. In another plot, the FBI wants the good doctor to go undercover in a sting operation to stop someone who is illegally selling body parts. This leads to one of the funniest scenes, where the bad guy has Dr. Brockton meet him at the Library in Las Vegas, which is not a library at all. Then there's the plot about a one-time lover who is now on the run for the murder of an atomic physicist, There are at least three more plots in the book, One reviewer said that it was confusing. I prefer to call in interesting and devious

    I love the characters in this series. Besides Brockton, there is his graduate assistant, Miranda, an outspoken save the whales type, and there is Grease, the high-powered defense lawyer. There are also administrative and academic types, as well as an abundance of law enforcement types.

    I thought it was great fun, with a wonderfully hopeful ending.

    Again, if you are not familiar with The Body Farm Series, you are in for a real treat

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    very, very disapointed...

    The plot just kept jumping around, I found myself trying to read one page and would have to turn back a page or two to find who I was reading about. I looked so forward to this book. A lot was borrowed from previous books. I felt like they just ran out of things to write about and had to get a book out by a deadline. I hope not...I so love Jefferson Bass books. Hoping for the next one

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Not His Best Effort

    Although I look forward with anticipation to Bass's books, this one was certainly not his best effort.

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