The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6)
  • The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6)
  • The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6)

The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6)

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by Jefferson Bass
     
 

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In this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass, Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine state when he's called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a boys' reform school in Florida

The Bone Yard

The onset of summer brings predictably steamy

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In this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass, Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine state when he's called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a boys' reform school in Florida

The Bone Yard

The onset of summer brings predictably steamy weather to the Body Farm, Dr. Bill Brockton's human-decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee. But Brockton's about to get more heat than he's bargained for when Angie St. Claire, a forensic analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asks him to help prove that her sister's death was not suicide, but murder.

Brockton's quick consulting trip takes a long, harrowing detour when bones begin turning up amid the pines and live oaks of the Florida panhandle. Two adolescent skulls–ravaged by time and animals, but bearing the telltale signs of lethal fractures–send Brockton, Angie, and Special Agent Stu Vickery on a search for the long-lost victims. The quest leads them to the ruins of the North Florida Boys' Reformatory, a notorious juvenile detention facility that met a fiery end more than forty years ago.

Guided by the discovery of a diary kept by one of the school's young "students," Brockton's team finds a cluster of shallow graves, all of them containing the bones of boys who suffered violent deaths. The graves confirm one of the diary's grim claims: that one wrong move could land a boy in the Bone Yard. But as the investigation expands, it encounters opposition from the local sheriff, who's less than delighted to find forensic experts from the state capital and the Body Farm digging up dirt in his county.

As Brockton and his team close in on the truth, they find skeletons in some surprisingly prominent closets . . . and they learn that the ghosts of the past pose perilous consequences in the present.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Bass's uneven sixth forensic procedural featuring Dr. Bill Brockton (after The Bone Thief), Brockton, who's in charge of the Body Farm, a Tennessee research facility where cadavers are left to decay for research purposes, agrees to help a visiting Florida forensic analyst, Angie St. Claire, with a personal tragedy. St. Claire's sister has died of a shotgun blast to the head in Georgia, a death ruled a suicide by the local authorities, but St. Claire suspects her brother-in-law killed her sister. Brockton's efforts to preserve evidence that could support St. Claire's theory ends up taking a backseat to another puzzle, based on events at an actual Florida reform school, where boys were routinely physically abused. Realistic descriptions of forensic work compensate only in part for less than convincing action sequences. Bass is the writing team of Bill Bass, the real-life model for Brockton, and Jon Jefferson. (Mar.)
Library Journal
When a skull is found in the Florida woods and shallow graves then discovered on the grounds of a nearby reform school, since closed, who better to call in than the Body Farm's Dr. Bill Brockton? Some fans found last spring's The Bone Thief a bit diffuse, but the good doctor is still back with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061806780
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Series:
Body Farm Series, #6
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, founded the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility—the Body Farm—a quarter century ago. 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 National 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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The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
ngs723 More than 1 year ago
Those guys really know how to keep you in suspense and continually build on the story. There are a lot of separate things going on. The ending was exceptional - I won't say more to give anything away. And the whole story line is extremely plausible, knowing the history of the south.
gl More than 1 year ago
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.
Rondow More than 1 year ago
Like all of Jefferson Bass' novels, this is a good one. Always interesting from cover to cover.
sgard69 More than 1 year ago
Great book series, could not put down, keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read all 6 books in 5 weeks. Start with #1 and go from there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I do love this seres. Another fine addition although I did miss Miranda Lovelady.
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All of the Jefferson Bass novels are interesting reads. I have enjoyed three of them already.
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I love these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More gold from the Body Farm duo.
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SusanSM More than 1 year ago
This is one of those series where you wish the author could write faster and that they would put out more often. I've gone through the whole series from beginning to end and I'm waiting with anticipation for the next book to be published. READ IT!! I know you'll love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing story especially since the story of the school for boys was real. This author uses a lot of history to tell his stories. Absolutely fascinating.
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Great
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