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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“[Bass is] the real deal.”
—Kathy Reichs

The sixth electrifying forensic mystery by author Jefferson Bass (“a fresh voice in the crime novel arena” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer), The Bone Yard is the most gripping installment yet in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm series. Called away

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“[Bass is] the real deal.”
—Kathy Reichs

The sixth electrifying forensic mystery by author Jefferson Bass (“a fresh voice in the crime novel arena” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer), The Bone Yard is the most gripping installment yet in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm series. Called away from Tennessee’s renowned Body Farm (the real life  human decomposition laboratory around which these remarkable thrillers are based), 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 Florida boys’ reform school. Rich in authentic forensic detail and featuring a protagonist as involving as crime fiction’s most popular medical examiners—including Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta, Karin Slaughter’s Sara Linton, and Kathy Reichs’s star forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan—The Bone Yard is unassailable evidence that this series “just keeps getting better” (Booklist).

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:
9780062074560
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Series:
Body Farm Series , #6
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
31,787
File size:
2 MB

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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The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 120 reviews.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Never really stopped and full of great information and stories..
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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