Carved in Bone (Body Farm Series #1)

Carved in Bone (Body Farm Series #1)

by Jefferson Bass
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Carved in Bone (Body Farm Series #1) by Jefferson Bass

There is a patch of ground in Tennessee dedicated to the science of death, where human remains lie exposed to be studied for their secrets. The real-life scientist who founded the "Body Farm" has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics . . . and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he's being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment's unique chemistry. But Brockton's investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won't forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton's own guilt—and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.

With Fascinating Insider Information on the Body Farm!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061804885
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Body Farm Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 18,717
File size: 673 KB

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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Carved in Bone (Body Farm Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1615 reviews.
Cuchillo More than 1 year ago
I had read the fifth book first and just loved it. Great characters, some of the most detailed and unique I've ever seen. The stories are complex, multifaceted, and if you like forensic stories, Patricia Cornwell, autopsies, murder investigations, etc, then this is a must for you. Extreme technical accuracy. When we read book #5, I went out and bought the first four in the series and my wife and I devoured them one by one. It is not necessary to read them in sequence, but it will help as some events and characters are referred to downstream and come into play in subsequent stories (in a peripheral way). Start with Carved in Bone (#1), then Flesh & Bone, The Devil's Bones, Bones of Betrayal, The Bone Thief, then The Bone Yard (hardback as I write this). You won't be disappointed!
guitchess More than 1 year ago
Carved In Bone is what every novel should be, a good story. Told in a linear, detailed fashion, this story does not leave you with unanswered questions or subplots that seem to veer off and dissipate. It does, however, have twists and turns that keep the story from being bland and lifeless. Carved In Bone also has enough technical detail about bodies and the investigation process to assure the reader that the authors are quite knowledgeable in their studied profession, which leaves the reader to wonder which details are from actual investigations. One might wonder, after reading my previous statements, why I would only rate this novel at three stars. In my opinion, the mediocre rating of this book stems from one flaw, over simplicity, that feeds other flaws, simple characters and simple plot. Most characters in a novel are supposed to be simple. Their simplicity contrasts the complexity of the hero/heroin. However, in Carved In Bone, the main character is the most boring in the story. Perhaps this trait was intentional to make him more identifiable to the reader, but it made me wish the book was wrote in 3rd person rather than his point of view so I could learn more about the other, more interesting characters. It felt as though a highly intelligent professional character was "dumbed down" to keep the reader from disconnecting. The plot, while a satisfying story, could have used more complexity. A simple, easy to follow story may be a bit boring those readers that are accustomed to mystery/crime novels. A little heavier use of foreshadowing and flashbacks would have seasoned this one nicely. Just my thoughts.
TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, and it did have some exciting scenes in it. I also enjoyed learning some science behind it. However, there were two scenes that I found a bit unrealistic. The first is when Dr. Bill is looking for something during a re-autopsy, gets frustrated and uses his gloved hands to poke around the organ bag. (Hello, why not use the x-ray machine to see if it's even in the bag first...) The biggest No They Didn't is when Dr. Bill conducts a crime scene investigation with help from his undergrad and grad students. Seriously, a capital murder scene and there are NO professional CSIs in the entire state of TN who can work it? (so Hollywood!) Other than that, I enjoyed the book and would be interested in seeing more from this expert writing duo.
annemfreitas More than 1 year ago
For a first book, Carved in Bone has a great mix of information, murder, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. I downloaded the NOOKbook even though I had head the paperback... and I read it again on my nook. I look forward to downloading more from Bas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a very big reader. I always have to have something to read. So when i was searching for a new series i stumbled upon this one and decided to take a chance and read it. Im glad i did. Its very well written. Im now halfway through book 2 in the series and im exited to see what happens next! :)
numb3rsgirl More than 1 year ago
I love all the books in this series. They are very well written forensic mysteries. If you love CSI, Bones, or any of the other "dead-body" tv shows, you will love this series of books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book from the beginning. I finished it within two days. I agree with another poster- there were some moments that were not really believable, but other information that made me think about the way we study human life and death. Very interesting- I would recommend reading this book for enjoyment.
creedmspiggy More than 1 year ago
This book was AWESOME!!!! Loved it. I loved Dr. Bass' classes in college and this book series was the best Christmas present ever :) Could not put my nook down finished it in 2 days and that was with 4 kids running around the house on Christmas.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Actually, the name of the site at the University of Tennessee is the Anthropology Research Facility, but it's known to the world as 'Body Farm,' a nickname chosen by a Tennessee FBI agent and made famous by Patricia Cornwell's popular crime novel. The facility, a three acre site devoted to postmortem-decay research, was founded some 25 years ago by Dr. Bill Bass, renowned for his expertise in forensic anthropology. Now, in addition to his studies and the assistance he gives to law enforcement officials, Dr. Bass has teamed with journalist/filmmaker Jon Jefferson to pen a novel so loaded with forensic detail that some may decide to sleep with the lights on. This writing team wastes no time in snagging readers with a prologue detailing protagonist Bill Brockton's probing of a corpse with a hunting knife. After locating a space just behind the heart's lower chambers, '...I set the tip of the hunting knife there¿it snagged in the soft flesh¿then leaned in and began to push. It took more force than I'd expected......As my victim jerked and skidded from the force, a rib broke with the sound of a green tree branch splintering.' Definitely not a story for the squeamish or weak of heart. The graphic prologue is fair warning of descriptions to come as Brockton is called upon by Cooke County's sheriff Tom Kitchings to accompany him to a remote cave hidden in the Appalachian Mountains. This is a trip fraught with peril for Brockton as he suffers from vertigo and motion sickness. Nonetheless, his malaise is forgotten when he enters the cave and finds a mummified body on a rock ledge. Of course, there are many questions: is it a male or female? How long has the body been there and how did he/she die? Those familiar with forensic science will find much in Brockton's descriptions of adipocere (grave wax) which, evidently, leaves a corpse resembling a wax museum figure. The body is returned to the Body Farm, and the research begins. It's a challenge that both intrigues and baffles Brockton as even with his wide experience he has never seen anything like this before. Both affable and curious Brockton enjoys a challenge, but his investigation into this person's death is not all welcome among the residents of Appalachia, plus a jealous medical examiner throws roadblocks at every turn. In addition, Sheriff Kitchings, the all-powerful, chooses not to cooperate. Eventually, we learn of a long ago but not forgotten feud among the mountain people, but what really sets the narrative apart is copious forensic detail. Fans of this genre of crime fiction won't want to miss a word others may shiver and shudder a bit. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow so good to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a solid free nookbook read, definitely worth more than both the price I didn't pay in money ($0)and the price I paid in time (a few hours). The terminology of forensics used was clearly explained for the non-anthropologist reader. You cannot go wrong as it is free and entertaining. There are several books in this series; no doubt Barnes & Noble offered this one gratis to lure readers into buying the others (which I haven't read). I may read more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing and plot lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read and enjoyed it.If you like details of interest with a good murder plot you need to read this.
jenmurph21 More than 1 year ago
I got this when it was free and I am impressed. It's not something I'd normall read but I liked this book. Those into forensics would enjoy this book I think. Likeable characters and a good storyline. A good book and I just might read the other "Body Farm" books.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good read
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I read this for the first time about 5-7 years ago. I bought it thinking I was gonna read something new, but the details came back to me as I was reading. Still good the second time around.
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This has got to be one of my favorite books! I cannot wait to read all of the books in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mearly ok. Not the best novel, but not the worst.
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