Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science

Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science

by Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
4.7 34

Paperback(Large Print Edition)

$25.95
View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING

Overview

Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science by Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson

There is no scientist in the world like Dr. Bill Bass. A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition--three acres of land on a hillside in Tennessee where human bodies are left to the elements. His research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time of death. But during a forensics career that spans half a century, Bass and his work have ranged far beyond the gates of the Body Farm. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using fascinating cases from his career to take readers into the real world of C.S.I.

Some of Bill Bass's cases rely on the simplest of tools and techniques, such as reassembling--from battered torsos and a stack of severed limbs--eleven people hurled skyward by an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory. Other cases hinge on sophisticated techniques Bass could not have imagined when he began his career: harnessing scanning electron microscopy to detect trace elements in knife wounds; and extracting DNA from a long-buried corpse, only to find that the female murder victim may have been mistakenly identified a quarter-century before.

In Beyond the Body Farm, readers will follow Bass as he explores the depths of an East Tennessee lake with a twenty-first-century sonar system, in a quest for an airplane that disappeared with two people on board thirty-five years ago; see Bass exhume fifties pop star "the Big Bopper" to determine what injuries he suffered in the plane crash that killed three rock and roll legends on "the day the music died"; and join Bass as he works to decipher an ancient Persian death scene nearly three thousand years old. Witty and engaging, Bass dissects the methods used by homicide investigators every day, leading readers on an extraordinary journey into the high-tech science that it takes to crack a case.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061366987
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Dr. Bill Bass is a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, the founder of the University of Tennessee's "Body Farm," and the author of more than two hundred scientific publications.

Jon Jefferson's work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science. Together, writing as "Jefferson Bass," they have coauthored the novels Carved in Bone, Flesh and Bone, and The Devil's Bones.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Beyond the Body Farm 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Minyassa More than 1 year ago
I love forensic case histories and explanations, and found quite a few thoroughly outlined in this book. It was a bonus to find that Dr. Bass has a great sense of humor, and while some might find his wit slightly morbid I never found it overblown, inappropriate or disrespectful. The material is interesting and unexaggerated; one does not get the sense that things are blown out of proportion as can be the case with some true-crime forensic shockers. This book whetted my appetite for more like it.
VikingBerserker More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in forensics, this is a must! The book is nothing short of excellent. It's very entertaining, well written with wit thrown in. I could not put this book down until I finished. I look forward to more works by the author (HINT HINT).
LoveSanta More than 1 year ago
This book is not like the books with the main character of Dr. Brockton. This book is about the writer of Dr. Brockton's character and the work he himself has done as a forensic pathologist. Dr. Bill Bass will do forensic cases and as a reader you will enter into his world and follow him as he does the actual work. The reader has to like forensics to both understand what he is doing and be ready for the gory things that go along with this line of work. The book is fascinating and a great read. Dr. Bass has a way of making these gory things interesting and you find yourself getting caught up in the cases he presents in the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who watches shows like CSI to get an idea of what it is really like.
JgleJne More than 1 year ago
I liked reading this book since i am into forensic sciences...it was very informational and fun to read for me
harstan More than 1 year ago
With two body farm novels (see FLESH AND BONE and CARVED IN BONE) and an account of his forensic anthropological work (see DEATH¿S ACRE), Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson provide a sort of autobiographical account of the former¿s work in Kansas and more so in Tennessee where he created the first ¿living¿ forensic research lab. Dr. Bass gives credit to his instructor five decades ago Dr. Krogman, known as the ¿Bone Detective¿ who got him interested in the unnamed at that time field of forensic anthropology. He also credits Patricia Cornwell with her novel THE BODY FARM for making him famous and his type of work acceptable amidst the public without Ms. Cornwell there is no CSI on TV. However, the fascinating segments of the book are the cases over the last fifty years that run the gamut from the Big Bopper to the wrongly identified corpse to a fireworks factory explosion to ancient Persia to solving modern day cases for local police departments. It is these cases and how he and his team solved them by shaking and tossing of the bones that makes for a fine CSI read with Harry Houdini appearing as a star performer in a future exhumation. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Body Farm by gifted writer Bill Bass is a forensic play-ground of murder and mayhem. A book you don't want to miss! These writers sure know their stuff! Highly Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating if you're into this sort of thing...which I am! Avoid if you are squeamish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago