The Breaking Point: A Body Farm Novel

The Breaking Point: A Body Farm Novel

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by Jefferson Bass
     
 

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Past, present, and future collide to throw respected forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton’s successful, secure life into devastating turmoil in this poignant novel in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm mystery series.

It’s been ten years since Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm—the world’s first postmortem research

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Past, present, and future collide to throw respected forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton’s successful, secure life into devastating turmoil in this poignant novel in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm mystery series.

It’s been ten years since Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm—the world’s first postmortem research facility dedicated to advancing the frontiers of forensic science—and the researcher is at the pinnacle of his career. Under his leadership, the University of Tennessee’s forensic anthropology program has become the most prominent in the world, and Brockton’s skills and knowledge are in high demand among top law enforcement. Calling him in for a number of high profile cases, the FBI now wants him to identify the charred remains of a maverick millionaire, killed in a fiery plane crash.

But a storm is about to hit Brockton with cataclysmic force. First, his identification of the crash victim is called into question. Then he receives a threatening message from the serial killer who attempted to murder the scientist and his family a decade ago. And from Brockton’s beloved wife Kathleen—his lodestone and his source of security—he gets the most shocking news of all. Will Brockton be able to weather this deluge . . . or has he finally reached the breaking point?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
Bestseller Bass, the pseudonym of Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass, slathers on the melodrama with a trowel in the least accomplished of the nine Body Farm novels (after 2013’s Cut to the Bone). In 2004, the FBI seeks the skills of forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton, founder of Tennessee’s Body Farm for postmortem research, after a fiery plane crash appears to have ended the life of humanitarian Richard Janus. Brockton finds evidence establishing that Janus died in the crash, but not everyone accepts his judgment. To complicate matters, the crash also killed an undocumented Mexican immigrant, who was crushed by the plane just instants before a mountain lion was set to pounce. Disaster after disaster afflicts Brockton, in both his personal and professional life. Brockton makes some mistakes that seem out of character—given the expertise of Bill Bass, the founder of the real Body Farm—and the unrelenting assault on his sanity lessens rather than increases interest. Agent: Giles Anderson, Anderson Literary Agency. (June)
Wilmington Star News
“The Bone Yard is especially good and should fnd an audience with CSI fans and devotees of crime fiction in general.”
Chattanooga Free Press
“The Bone Thief is a compelling read. Long after the last page is turned, readers will continue to ponder their positions on organ donation—the signature of memorable writing.”
Washington Post
“The forensic thriller meets a formidable slice of history. . . . In addition to being a riveting mystery with an intricately emotional conclusion, Bones of Betrayal bears witness to the past with great respect for the long shadow it casts.”
Houston Chronicle on Carved in Bone
“A superb mystery—well-plotted, flled with memorable characters, based on accurateforensic science and written with more fair and literary sensibility than anything byJohn Grisham. The novel, in fact, is in Cornwell’s league, high praise indeed.”
USA Today
“Carved in Bone has a unique corpse, solid science, quirky humor and a loveable protagonist. That a novel like this can be described as charming is a tribute to the team that created some very human, down-to-earth characters.”
Booklist on The Inquisitor's Key
“Clever and compelling.”
Library Journal
01/01/2015
Dr. Bill Brockton is accused of misidentifying a body, threatened by a serial killer who has already attempted to kill him and his family, and shocked by revelations from his wife.
Booklist on THE BREAKING POINT
“Another strong performance in what has become an outstanding series for CSI fans.... compelling and skillfully written.”
Suspense Magazine on THE BREAKING POINT
“One of the best books of 2015!”
Knoxville News-Sentinel on THE BREAKING POINT
“Full of tension, mystery, danger, suspense.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062262332
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2015
Series:
Body Farm Series, #9
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
38,929
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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