New York Times best-selling author Jefferson Bass delivers an authentic and knuckle-biting thriller in which forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton must confront a crime of unimaginable proportions on his own doorstep.
Dr. Bill Brockton has been called in on a seemingly routine case, to exhume a body and obtain a bone sample for a DNA paternity test. But when the coffin is opened, Brockton and his colleagues, including his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady, are stunned to see that the corpse has been horribly violated. Brockton’s initial shock gives way to astonishment as he uncovers a flourishing and lucrative black market in body parts. At the center of this ghoulish empire is a daring and prosperous grave robber. Soon Brockton finds himself drawn into the dangerous enterprise when the FBI recruits him to bring down the postmortem chop shop—using corpses from the Body Farm as bait in an undercover sting operation.
As Brockton struggles to play the unscrupulous role the FBI asks of him, his friend and colleague, medical examiner Eddie Garcia, faces a devastating injury that could end his career. Exposed to a near-lethal dose of radioactivity, Dr. Garcia has lost most of his right hand and his entire left hand. Out of options, he embarks on a desperate quest: both of his ravaged hands will be severed at the wrist and replaced with those from a cadaver. But unless suitable ones are found soon, the opportunity will be lost.
As Brockton delves deep into the clandestine trade, he is faced with an agonizing choice: Is he willing to risk an FBI investigation—and his own principles—to help his friend? Will he be able to live with himself if he crosses that line? Will he be able to live with himself if he doesn’t? And as the criminal case and the medical crisis converge, a pair of simpler questions arise: Will Dr. Garcia survive—and will Brockton?
Flesh and bone: listen to another Body Farm Novel.
©2010 Jefferson Bass, LLC (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
“Fans of forensic fiction will want to add this author to their list of favorites." (Booklist)
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I had a very , very long drive over a too short weekend, and I wanted to find a book that would keep me interested and awake. I'd found "The Bone Thief" by 'Jefferson Bass', and it was even more than I hoped for.
'Jefferson Bass' is the writing partnership of Jon Jefferson, a science writer and Dr. William Bass, the forensic anthropologist who founded the University of Tennessee'a 'Body Farm'. The Body Farm studies donated bodies to learn about decomposition to help solve crime. I've been reading non-fiction books mentioning Bill Bas and his work for years (like Mary Roach's Corpse), and fiction too (Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series).
I expected some serious forensic anthropology in "The Bone Thief", and it was there. What was unexpected and fascinating was the through discussion of transplants and body donations. A great deal of the discussion was true, as the afterward explained
The story started out strong, but the mystery and solution was pretty formulaic, so that was disappointing.
The narration was good, and Dan Foren did a good job distinguishing the characters. I liked the southern accent he used for the main character, Dr. Bill Brockton.
This forensic mystery was good company for the long drive.
Half way through I stopped listening because a) nothing happened and b) I could care less about any character.
Jefferson Bass could have kept the manuscript at home rather than seeing fit to share it with the rest of the world.
No, but this performance was good.
Only the main and supporting characters and the minor characters. I liked the backhoe operator, but otherwise no one was of interest.
Hey audible, I want my $5 back.
The inane banter got on my nerves after half an hour. Pretends to be clever, doesn't make it.
There was nothing about this story that stood out and made me want to continue to listen. Usually I am looking for a little time throughout my day to listen to a chapter of whatever book I am currently listening to. With this book, I had to make myself go back. I kept hoping it would get better, but it just slogged along at a slow, rather boring pace. The mystery here really wasn't, the narrator wasn't good, and throughout I felt like I was being lectured to. While some may enjoy this, when I finally got to the end I was glad it was FINALLY over.
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