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The gazillions of forensic science aficionados out there -- fans of CSI, NCIS, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, et al. -- will be coming out of the woodwork for this debut novel from the writing team of Dr. William Bass, founder of the University of Tennessee's legendary Body Farm, and acclaimed journalist Jon Jefferson.
Protagonist Dr. Bill Brockton -- a thinly veiled fictionalized version of Bass -- is a forensic anthropologist who started UT's world-renowned postmortem decay research lab (a.k.a. the Body Farm). When he gets entangled in a bizarre case involving the corpse of a young pregnant woman found deep in a cave placed on a crude altar, he is not only forced to deal with his unresolved issues involving his wife's recent death but also with a virtual county full of corrupt law enforcement officials, paranoid drug runners, and psychopathic rednecks -- all of whom are desperately trying to keep something secret…
And while the forensic detail in this novel is as meticulous as one might expect, Carved in Bone is much more than a first-rate murder mystery. The fluidity and confidence of Bass and Jefferson's writing makes this stellar debut not only an intensely compelling psychological thriller but also a wildly entertaining and insightful exploration of life in the mountains of East Tennessee: marijuana-growing hillbillies, moonshining, cockfights, ginseng poaching, brilliant allusions to Cormac McCarthy's Appalachia classic Child of God, etc. Make no bones about it, this is an exceptional novel that will engross anyone who reads it. Paul Goat Allen