Without Mercy (Body Farm Series #10)

Without Mercy (Body Farm Series #10)

by Jefferson Bass

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Without Mercy (Body Farm Series #10) by Jefferson Bass

In the most suspenseful installment of the New York Times nestselling Body Farm series to date, forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton investigates a bizarre murder—and confronts a deadly enemy he thought he’d put behind bars for good.

Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders—but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. As Brockton and his assistant Miranda dig deeper, they uncover warning signs of a deadly eruption of hatred and violence.

But the shocking case is only the beginning of Brockton’s trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: The deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled—the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield—escapes from prison, bent on vengeance.

But simply killing Brockton isn’t enough. Satterfield wants to make him suffer first, by destroying everything he holds dear: Brockton’s son, daughter-in-law, grandsons; even Miranda, his longtime graduate assistant, now on the verge of completing her Ph.D. and launching a forensic career of her own.

The dangers from all directions force Brockton to question two things on which he’s based his entire career—the justice system, and the quality of mercy—and to wonder: can the two co-exist?

If not, which will Brockton choose in his ultimate moment of truth?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062363213
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Series: Body Farm Series , #10
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 185,706
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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Without Mercy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every Jefferson Bass book written, and re-read them all, many times. I love the characters, the knowledge I gain every time I read these books, the stories they tell. This last book left me disgruntled, sad, angry. If you're the author, then you have control of the characters. Why kill off a beloved figure? Especially if this is to be the last book? Why not let them go on living, happily, in their fiction world? I didn't see any point for ending that subject's life, it just left me distressed & sad. It served no purpose. A reference was made to one of Bill's former flings being dead, but that was never addressed anywhere except that one line. So what did happen to Isabella & her baby? It would have been nice to have an answer to that one. It was just left hanging. And as to the political agenda that crept into this tale, well, it wasn't necessary. These books are "of the moment" enough without politics. I'm tired of hearing white people say they're ashamed to be white because of supposed "white priviledge". I realize it's a popular stance to take these days, but it had no place in this story. Miranda could have been sufficiently outraged at the hate crimes without declaring that it made her ashamed to be white. What race we are born to isn't a choice, we don't get to pick & choose our parents. Nor is what happened in the past our fault, we can't change it. We can improve on it, hopefully prevent it from happening again, but we didn't commit the crimes or create the situations. So Jefferson Bass should stick to what they do best; weave amazing mysteries around murder, mayhem, & bodies. Let Bill Brockton go on sabbatical without a cloud of racism hanging over his head. I'd love to think there will be more Body Farm mysteries, but it sounds as though they've wrapped it up. That thought leaves me feeling sad & dissatisfied. I hate to see it end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding as always, but I could have done without the political spin. Strphanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was ok, but it just came off as wrapping the series up. Too much political correctness and pandering for my taste. I hope they don't end with this book. Because it was the least enjoyable one they've written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
13835877 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily received an ARC of Without Mercy by Jefferson Bass in exchange for an honest review. Reading Without Mercy is like reading an episode of Bones! Forensics and crime stories have always been a favorite of mine, so needless to say this was right up my alley. Miranda and Waylon were by far my favorite characters. Miranda's sarcasm and lack of filter made for some entertaining dialogue throughout the story. Waylon makes me think of a big southern teddy bear. The story was entirely fast paced, but the plot did move along at a steady enough pace to keep my interested. The only aspect of the novel I did not enjoy was the blatant inclusion of the author's political views/agenda. When I am reading a novel, I want to escape from the world and political debates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so sick of poltics. The last thing i expected to see in this book was reference to Trump and how he is spewing hatered. I dont care how this aurhor feels about the election, i want to read a book to get away from the hatered coming from both sides. I just want authors to do what they are paid to do, entertain, not interject thier personal views on me. I will no longer be reading or recommending this author. If i couldget mymoney back i would !!!!!!!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes the jaw-dropping finale of the Promise Falls Trilogy. Everything has been leading to this. It s the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd, and the small town of Promise Falls, New York, has found itself in the midst of a full-blown catastrophe. Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with similar flu-like symptoms and dozens have died. Investigators quickly zero in on the water supply. But the question for many, including private investigator Cal Weaver, remains: Who would benefit from a mass poisoning of this town? Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is faced with another problem. A college student has been murdered, and he s seen the killer s handiwork before in the unsolved homicides of two other women in town. Suddenly, all the strange things that have happened in the last month start to add up Bloody mannequins found in car 23 of an abandoned Ferris wheel a fiery, out-of-control bus with 23 on the back, that same number on the hoodie of a man accused of assault The motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23 and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than he s ever been before "
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
"Some days I think we're making progress. Other days, I think the problem is just human nature itself, stretching all the way back to Adam and Eve." A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of reviewing The Inquisitor's Key by the fabulous Jefferson Bass duo. That novel was my first introduction to their Body Farm series featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton. I really enjoyed reading that novel, and appreciated the way Bass crafted a story that was both a religious thriller and brilliant character study. When I was contacted by the publisher to read Bass's latest novel Without Mercy, I jumped at the opportunity. Dr. Bill Brockton heads up The Body Farm, a University of Tennessee institution that he founded and maintains. Assisted by his doctoral student Miranda, Brockton has become a leading name in anthropology and one of law enforcement's go-to guys. His latest assignment finds Brockton investigating the partial remains of a person who seems to have been chained to a tree and left for dead. Without a full skeleton and with limited evidence that was tarnished by time, Dr. Brockton finds himself facing one of the most gruesome crimes of his career. On top of the usual vigor of his job, Brockton also faces some added stress on the personal front. Miranda his student and assistant is presenting her thesis soon and is beginning to look for a place to start her career. Unable to face the implications of this impending vacancy, Brockton buries himself in the one place he always feels safe. . . his work. But even his job is beginning to abandon him. With advancements in technology and methodology exceeding Brockton's own expertise, he begins to question his relevance in the field that he's devoted his life to. Just when everything is looking grim, things get even worse. Brockton receives word that Nick Satterfield, a sadistic murderer who he helped put behind bars, has escaped from prison. Suddenly, he is forced into facing a nemesis that he thought he was done with. With the added pressures of both his personal and professional life caving in on him, Brockton fears for both his sanity and his life. In Without Mercy, the tenth installment in the series, Jefferson Bass presents a fast paced mystery that will have you reading into all hours of the night. Beyond the thriller, it is the intense depth of Brockton's character that will leave a lasting impression. I was riveted by the way Brockton faced the threat of becoming obsolete in a field that he pioneered. Even though I am not a faithful reader of the series, Bass's writing helped me to grasp the context and emotional implications of the characters. Even with an ending that veered a bit too far from reality, Without Mercy is a solid thriller that provides everything a fan of the genre is looking for.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
This is a story that blends science and police procedures into an intriguing and suspenseful tale. Narrator Tom Stechschulte does an excellent job giving distinct voices to these characters. His mannerism is spot on enhancing this enthralling story. The story is a good mix of suspense and details of anthropology without bogging you down in precious details. Moving at a good pace, the story has twists and turns that will hold your attention from beginning to end. While some facts are disturbing and dark, the story includes bits of humor and friendship for a good balance. The characters are likable and well-developed. The setting moves around a bit but is easy to follow. Full descriptions make you feel you’re in the setting. WITHOUT MERCY is a gripping story that deals with revenge, captivity and the evil that sometimes overtakes man. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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