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The Breaking Point (Body Farm Series #9)

The Breaking Point (Body Farm Series #9)

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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
Praise for the Body Farm novels:“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
Dr. Bill Brockton of Body Farm fame is challenged on his identification of some plane crash remains, even as his wife unburdens herself of some terrible news. With a 75,000-copy first printing.
“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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HarperCollins Publishers
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Body Farm Series , #9
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6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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 Breaking Point 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of this series will enjoy this latest story. For those who hadn't yet found it, they will want to go back and read all the earlier ones. A gripping look into the world of forensics. It left me wanting even more..............
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent read by Jefferson Bass (Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass). This book takes the reader back a few years in Dr. Bill Brockton's life to a time in which his professional life and his personal life are at a breaking point. Dr. Brockton is called San Diego, California to assist the FBI in the identification of remains involved in a fiery plane crash on a mountain near the city. The alleged pilot of the plane involved in the crash happens to be a humanitarian that Dr. Brockton and his wife support financially. Dr. Brockton's credibility comes into question after it is reported that the deceased pilot was actually still alive. With his professional life in question, Dr. Brockton returns home to find out that his wife has an aggressive and terminal form of cancer to which she quickly succumbs. Dr. Brockton wrestles with his personal and professional future and questions whether or not he wants to live. After another intense life or death situation involving his grandchildren and another one involving a Detective from his past, Dr. Brockton returns to California to try to once and for all solve the many mysteries surrounding the plane crash and in turn, renew his professional credibility. This book had many twists and turns and takes the reader on an emotional journey as they experience the death of the main character's wife and the questions surrounding Dr. Brockton's professional future. The characters in this book are well developed and the ending wraps up nicely and even involves a surprising character that is heavily involved in the other books in this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do agree the series jumps around the timeline but the stories are all well written. ~*~LEB~*~
SarahRN More than 1 year ago
I received this book free as a Goodreads ARC. I first stumbled across the Body Farms series by accident and fell in love with the first book. I introduced the series to a coworker who also fell in love with the series. So when I was given the opportunity to review the latest book, I was ecstatic but a little worried as I have not had the opportunity to read the entire series yet and thought I might be lost while reading this new novel. Breaking Point, however, can be read a stand alone novel without missing a beat. This novel continues to build on the body farm mysteries. The insight on the contributions made to science through the use of such a facility makes the novel even more fascinating. Then twists and turns throughout the plot keep the reader engaged and coming back for more. I look forward to catching up on the series and eagerly await the next release.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was one of the more intense books in this series. There was a lot going on. When one thing goes wrong in your life then it seems that many things can go wrong. This one is a bit of a tear jerker. I look forward to another book in this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a very good read, however, it goes back in time, and the reason for that is not clearly explained. It was confusing, and I kept thinking that the book would revert to present day and "catch us up", but it didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot but the timeline on the series is confusing. It needs to be made more clear at what point in Brockton's life each story takes place. As always, the actual writing is excellent and I am eagerly awaiting the next book. Stephanie Clanahan
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