The Bone Thief (Body Farm Series #5)

The Bone Thief (Body Farm Series #5)

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by Jefferson Bass
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062277404
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
Body Farm Series , #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
238,760
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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Bone Thief 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
MrsEllis212 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must to read.
busymom923 More than 1 year ago
I am loving this series. The Bone Thief was a little different than the other books and I liked it a lot. Bass crafts a clever plot with some surprises along the way. He includes just enough scientific and anthropological information to keep it interesting without being dry. His characters are well-developed. I'm looking forward to number 6. Anyone who enjoys characters you can connect with, mystery, and a bit of medical or scientific information should enjoy this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved reading this series and becoming involved with all the characters. Look forwards to more
BexBoox More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read about every book in this series, have found them to be very entertaining, hope there's more books available in the future.
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This series never disappoints. I highly recommend it.
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I love his books.
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If you enjoy reading authors like Tess Gerritson or James Patterson this series would be a good read.
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BelleRose More than 1 year ago
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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S01litaire More than 1 year ago
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.
PSP69AL More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
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