Cut to the Bone (Body Farm Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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In this long-awaited prequel to his New York Times bestselling series, Jefferson Bass turns the clock back to reveal the Body Farm's creation—and Dr. Bill Brockton's deadly duel with a serial killer

In the summer of 1992, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee senator Al Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House. On a sweltering hillside in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Brockton, the bright, ambitious young head of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology ...

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Overview

In this long-awaited prequel to his New York Times bestselling series, Jefferson Bass turns the clock back to reveal the Body Farm's creation—and Dr. Bill Brockton's deadly duel with a serial killer

In the summer of 1992, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee senator Al Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House. On a sweltering hillside in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Brockton, the bright, ambitious young head of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Department, launches an unusual—some would call it macabre—research facility, unlike any other in existence. Brockton is determined to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides. But the scientist's plans are derailed by a chilling murder that leaves him reeling from a sense of déjà vu. Followed by another. And then another: bodies that bear an eerie resemblance to cases from Brockton's past.

The police chalk up the first corpse to coincidence. But as the body count rises, the victims' fatal injuries grow more and more distinctive—a spiral of death that holds dark implications for Brockton himself. If the killer isn't found quickly, the death toll could be staggering. And the list of victims could include Brockton . . . and everyone he holds dear.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/13/2014
The serviceable eighth Body Farm novel (after 2012's The Bones of Avignon) from the writing team of Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson is a prequel. Forensic anthropologist Bass created the world's first facility to study the decomposition of human corpses, and his fictional alter ego, Dr. William Brockton, is about to do the same in 1992 in Tennessee. Brockton, who's been frustrated by his inability to help law-enforcement pinpoint the time of death, believes that analysis of exactly how long it takes cadavers to disintegrate by using "bugs like a time-since-death stopwatch" can do just that. Meanwhile, a sadist named Satterfield is severing the limbs of his female victims, an m.o. that matches that of a murderer Brockton pursued two years earlier in Alaska. The writing sometimes gets away from the authors ("the razor-tipped arrow penetrated his chest, and his heart opened in a bloom of crimson to receive its thrust"), and plot surprises are the exception rather than the rule, but series fans will be pleased. Agent: Giles Anderson, Anderson Literary Agency. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-21
Having explored the mysteries surrounding the Shroud of Turin in The Inquisitor's Key (2012), the seventh book in his Body Farm series, Bass is back on home turf, tracing the origins of forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton's research facility. It's the summer of 1992. Brockton is the young head of the anthropology department at the University of Tennessee. When prostitutes start turning up dead, all killed by similar means, their bodies deposited in the countryside, he becomes aware of the possibility that the killings resonate with a case from his past. The brainy murderer, Satterfield, who provides his own narration, favors particular cutting tools and likes to slice off fingers. With each horrendous crime, he takes a step closer to Brockton's family. This book takes its time in the early parts, filling us in on each of the victims' lives before they unknowingly climb into Satterfield's vehicle. Brockton also gets opportunities to discuss the future of forensics with his assistant, explaining how studying insects removed from corpses will enable investigators to determine exact time of death. But if the pace of this prequel is sometimes leisurely, Bass (forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass and science writer Jon Jefferson) is better than most at making the subject compelling. And when it comes time to turn up the intensity, he does that with satisfying efficiency, spreading the tension among a solid cast of supporting characters. There's nothing especially original about the plot, but Bass is more comfortable working in his own backyard than he is chasing exotic secrets on foreign soil.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062262325
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Body Farm Series , #8
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 3,924
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Entertaining as ever...

    Ah, I wish these guys could write faster. This latest in the Body Farm Series does not disappoint. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson are great story tellers. There are no pretensions here; their style is self-effacing, humorous, and down to earth; their forensic science is low-tech (bones and bugs, for goodness sake)and believeable. I made a list of their books by publication date and my husband and I have enjoyed our way through the entire list. HEY BILL, JON - - WRITE FASTER!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    First class suspense!

    This was a super read! I have been a fan of this series for several years; I am mesmerized by the details of forensic investigation. I usually don't care for "prequels" to book series, but this book was exceptional. A little bit slow at first,but then kicks right into the familiar shock effect we've come to expect from this series. Loaded with tension and suspense, graphic murder and investigative details. Absolutely read this if you are familiar with the series! If not, read it anyway...but make sure you can handle maggots-- hundreds and hundreds of them ~ ~~ ~
    Reviewed by Helen...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    A Deviation That Succeeds

    At first I did not think I would like this book as much as others by Bass, particularly because it jumped around from viewpoint to viewpoint. Although I like books from Brockton's viewpoint the best, the plot of this novel was engaging and made up for the different approach. In the future, I hope Bass sticks to the first hand accounts by Brockton that I have come to enjoy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Another hit

    Once again Jefferson Bass has hit it out of the park! Loved every one of their books and this was no exception. Fast reading can't put it down! Although it was long anticipated and I wish they would write more this was well worth the wait.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly Recommended you have to read it

    Great read. Once I started could not put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Jefferson Bass is the best ever. Their books are a thrill to read plus I always learn from them. I love the way they keep you turning the pages because you never know what is coming, always a surprise. Keep them coming!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Excellent

    great mystery, as always

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    LOVE

    I love these books

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    Bones

    This bone by Jefferson and Bass relates the beginnings of Dr. Bass career and creation of the Bone Yard. It's a fascinating telling but not for the squeamish, some of the details are a bit grim and TMI. But I'm thoroughly enjoying the entire tale.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    fun read

    I am a huge fan of forensic mysteries, and the fact that these are based - however loosely - on real cases makes them even more fascinating. I was on the edge of my seat during the climax of the story. I plan to pick up the rest of this series.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Good Read, I was addicted.

    Interesting forensic scientific insight on (serial killer) autopsies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    In wrong price list

    Check before hit buy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2014

    Excellent

    A fan of this series-sit on the edge of your seat story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    The best

    This book had about 330 pages. I have read about Four of Mr Bass books and so far this one is the best. It was hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Best Jefferson Bass Book To Date

    I absolutely loved this book. Glad the authors went back to the roots of the storyline. It filled in the missing pieces a bit. A fabulous read. Finished it in two days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Okay!

    Good read, but not the best in this series. But recommend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    A page turner

    Excellant read enjoyed it a lot .also the rest of tje books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    LOVE IT

    I absolutely loved this book! It kept my attention and I didn't want to put it down once I started reading. I intend to read more from this author about this subject.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Less than thrilling

    The setting, crimes and characters were fairly interesting, but I quit reading with less than 50 pages to go. No professional investigators would make such ridiculous mistakes. I just loose interest in characters that are this dumb.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Cut to the Bone

    A great read. Quite graphic. A great introduction to the "Body Farm", an actual place.

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