The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6)

The Bone Yard (Body Farm Series #6)

by Jefferson Bass

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At a friend's request, Dr. Bill Brockton is called away from the Body Farm—his human-decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee—to help prove that a woman's suicide was, in fact, murder. But Brockton's quick consulting trip takes a harrowing detour through the Florida Panhandle when two adolescent skulls are discovered near the ruins of a once-notorious juvenile detention facility, destroyed by fire more than four decades ago.

Local stories about the North Florida Boys' Reformatory are chilling: nightmarish tales of savage beatings, torture, and worse. Guided by the diary of a former "student," Brockton's team soon makes a grisly discovery: a cluster of shallow graves containing the bones of teenage boys, all of whom suffered violent deaths. But the search for answers becomes more perilous the closer Brockton comes to the truth—because unexpected skeletons reside in some surprisingly prominent closets . . . and summoning ghosts from the pastcan have devastating consequences in the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062277411
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Body Farm Series , #6
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 254,316
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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ngs723 More than 1 year ago
Those guys really know how to keep you in suspense and continually build on the story. There are a lot of separate things going on. The ending was exceptional - I won't say more to give anything away. And the whole story line is extremely plausible, knowing the history of the south.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dr. Bill Brockton runs the Body Farm in Tennessee. The farm is actually a research facility where human corpses are studied to ascertain decay rates. Bill agrees to assist Floridian forensic specialist Angie St. Claire with a family trauma. In Georgia, Angie's sister Kate died from a shotgun blast to her head. Local law enforcement decided she committed suicide. Angie cannot accept the official denouement as she believes her brother-in-law Don Nicely murdered his wife. Nicely nicely buries the evidence when he expedites the burial of his wife's body without telling Angie he moved the funeral forward. As he works the dead sister case, Brockton also becomes involved with a skull and subsequent graves found in the Panhandle. These remains of adolescent boys lead Bill to a reform school where the student-inmates were abused. In the latest "Bone" forensic investigation (see The Bone Thief), the two subplots are fast-paced and fun though somewhat muted as the science supersedes the action. Readers will appreciate the insight into forensics but that overwhelms the cases. Still the Body Farm Doctor's latest soiree into human decay is an enjoyable thriller for those who like to remain current. Harriet Klausner
Rondow More than 1 year ago
Like all of Jefferson Bass' novels, this is a good one. Always interesting from cover to cover.
sgard69 More than 1 year ago
Great book series, could not put down, keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read all 6 books in 5 weeks. Start with #1 and go from there.
gl More than 1 year ago
The Bone Yard drew me in from the first chapter. Not surprisingly, Jonathan Bass paints a clear and authentic picture of the research facility. After all, Dr. Bill Bass is an expert in forensic anthropology and created The Body Farm in University of Tennessee while Dr. Jon Jefferson wrote and produced two films on the facility. I learned a bit about forensic pathology, which made the book even more enjoyable. As heroes go, Dr Bill Brockton is an enjoyable one to follow. An acknowledged expert in his field, he is generous with his time and a dedicated teacher. He is insatiably curious and tenacious. He looks for puzzles and won't rest until he solves them. He's a hero to root for. When he comes across the bones that reveal disturbing cruelty to young children, he responds the way that we wish we could, the way we wish people did in real life. He focuses everything on finding out more about these children, solving the mystery of their death and bringing their attackers to justice. The story is engrossing - with sympathetic characters, red herrings, plot twists, and a satisfying ending. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend The Bone Yard. ISBN-10: 0061806781 - Hardcover Publisher: William Morrow (March 8, 2011), 336 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the Jeffersin Bass books. I just hate that they end so suddenly. I feel that when they start to get really exciting it's over.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good read.
5769721 8 months ago
This series is excellent, I couldn't put it down.
bgknighton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good, solid entry into the series. No real developments on the personal side, but an interesting mystery. Actually, less of a mystery than a comment on reform schools and the difficulty of eradicating sources of evil. Still a good read.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the Jefferson Bass forensic novels from the very beginning. The Bone Yard is the sixth book in this riveting series. Recurring character Dr. Bill Brockton is the director of the Body Farm (an anthropology research facility) in Tennessee. Here's the neat part - co author Dr. Bill Bass is himself the founder of the original Body Farm and a world recognized forensic anthropologist. His writing, scenarios and plots have the unmistakable ring of truth and authenticity, which make them absolutely riveting reads.In the Bone Yard Dr. Brockton takes on consult with a colleague in Florida. She's asked him to examiner her sister's remains to try to prove that it was murder, not suicide. While looking into this case, he is also asked to have a look at a skull that a local resident's dog has found. When the dog starts bringing back more skeletal remains that show signs of violence, Bill is asked to stay on a bit longer. As he helps investigate, the ugly past of a local reformatory for boys is brought to light.I've read the last five books, but decided to listen to The Bone Yard. (great on my walks!) Tom Stechschulte was the reader (I've listened to him before and enjoy his measured reading.) His voice conjured up the mental image I had already formed for Dr. Bill Brockton. Slightly older and gravelly, not overly forceful, but intelligent.The subject matter is a bit graphic - some readers/listeners may find it disturbing. But the case itself is based in reality. I was happy that this latest book avoided Dr. Bill's romantic problems brought up in the last book, The Bone Thief. I found them somewhat extraneous and enjoyed having just the mystery as the focus this book. This is a series I've come to enjoy and I will definitely be waiting for the next book. Read an excerpt of The Bone Yard.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be completely honest I started reading these books because they are co-written by Dr. Bill Bass, the founder of the famous Body Farm and the University of Tennessee. I have degrees in biological anthropology plus I love crime stuff and Dr. Bass is an amazing man. Along with his co-writer, Jon Jefferson, the Body Farm series truly brings an accurate picture of forensic anthropology to life. This is not glamorous work with fancy labs and stilettos. This is work done in various conditions in and out of the field. It's understanding the archeological parts of it, much of which require stoop labor as you very carefully uncover truths. It's messy, smelly, and dirty, and if you travel the accommodations mostly suck.Combine all this realistic science with good plotting and storytelling and you get a great thriller. These books are compulsively readable. This one, the latest in the series, is set around discoveries of reform school abuses. The events in the book are loosely based on the scandals at the Florida School for Boys' and the ever-growing number of children and teenagers who are killed at various boot camps. The Bone Yard is a must-read for anyone who cares about how we treat our children and what we do in our prisons. What does it mean to be living in a country where the prison population is about 2.5 million? The US has the largest population of imprisoned or jailed people in the world. What exactly do we expect to gain from all of this? Is this solving our problems or making them worse? And, if we are willing to let children and teenagers be emotionally, mentally, physically, and sexual abused within systems that are designed to help them turn away from a life of crime and violence, then who are we?Great combination of science, real life, and murders and bad guys, you won't be able to put this one down.
SuseGordon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[The Boneyard] is another Body Farm book with Dr. Bill Brockton heading down to Florida to stave off summer boredom and investigate a skull from an unknown "grave". The resulting investigation into a former Boy's Reformatory that has long since burned down, stirs up not only more skulls and bones, but also some fresh murders. Dr. Brockton reminisces about past excavations, thus giving us some of his back history, while using some of those past techniques to find the truth in his current investigation. A very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Body Farm mystery tore me up as it is by far the saddest story, the Lost Boys at the school. So much going on in this one, but they weave a tale together so skillfully that you can't stop reading, don't want to put it down, and the action never stops. I truly enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story starts with a nice setup murder mystery but the abandons it to follow the "real" mystery. Almost as though the writer was saying to himself he needed to get our hero to Florida but couldn't figure out a good way to do it. After they solve the main story line you get a quick and unsatisfying end to the first murder just to tie up that pesky loose end. In the end I was glad to arrive at the end.
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Never really stopped and full of great information and stories..
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I do love this seres. Another fine addition although I did miss Miranda Lovelady.
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All of the Jefferson Bass novels are interesting reads. I have enjoyed three of them already.
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I love these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More gold from the Body Farm duo.