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The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel | [Jefferson Bass]

The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“Fans of forensic fiction will want to add this author to their list of favorites." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer Avon , NC United States 02-10-11
    Amazon Customer Avon , NC United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2003
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    Excellent listen. Didn't want to stop listening and didn't want it to end. I want more Jefferson Bass ( but unabridged only please)!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-09-12
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Loose ends at the end"

    Since this book appears to be part of a series I guess that's why we never learned what happened with Brockton's paternity issues. Looks like I'll never know because this installment wasn't good enough to make me want to continue. Oh, the story and characters were adequate even though it wasn't too difficult to figure out where things were going. The author provided a large clue about two-thirds of the way through. I was also a tad bored with Brockton's descriptive crawling on the steep creek bank. It seemed to me the author was trying to fill up pages. This is one of those books that you are not sorry you listened to but won't be motivated to listen to another one in the series. Worth $4.95 but not a credit.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 03-12-12
    itinerant here and there 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "nothing too interruptive"

    This is a pleasant book filled with a lot of information thinly disguised as a plot, a kind of Ask Mr. Science ambiance. The happy scientist is a nice guy, not merely straitlaced but utterly naive as well. The narrator seems apt for this protagonist. If you like your tales tame, this is a good one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 04-01-12
    karen United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Surprisingly good -- very good, in fact."

    I read the first book in the series and liked it so much I bought the next book in hardcover as soon as it came out, something I almost never do. Alas, that second book was not good -- I thought the whole concept was inherently incredible, the writing amateurish, and overall, it was way, way too pedantic. If I wanted to read a textbook, I could have done that. I'd decided that these authors had only one good book in them.

    But then I saw "Bone Thief" on Audible on special -- for the price, I was willing to try another one. And wow! This one is great. Very very good story -- something for everyone. Good plot, plenty of "oh good grief, he's not really going to..." moments, really fascinating tidbits of fact about transplants, interesting and likable characters. Now I'll be looking for more in this series. It's just excellent, the whole thing. Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 08-25-13
    Victor 08-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I was glad when this book was over."
    What would have made The Bone Thief better?

    A better story. This one was boring, and it took a long time for the boredom to carry on to the end.


    What was most disappointing about Jefferson Bass’s story?

    The story wasn't that great.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan Woren’s performances?

    Probably not.


    What character would you cut from The Bone Thief?

    All of them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Florence, SC, United States 05-06-12
    Kathy Florence, SC, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, learned alot."
    What did you love best about The Bone Thief?

    The bone thief is a fiction book, but can relate to in life with it taken at Univ. TN. Very informative about the forensic side. Enjoyed it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-04-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Good mystery, well read but poorly written."

    I am a southerner, my son and daughter in law went to UT, (where the story is centered), so I listened with a willingness to like this book. I found the writing tedious and even juvinile. At least that was my impression.

    However, the story is intriguing, well researched and reveals the realities of University financing. However, I felt the author did a poor job developing characters and the relationships between them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 04-15-12
    Brenda 04-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good book"
    Where does The Bone Thief rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Up there with Koontz


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it had a lot of detail and a very good story line. Things keep happening.


    What about Dan Woren???s performance did you like?

    Very good reader, good voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, very much so. I listen to them at work, I hated to go to break and couldn't wait til the next day to listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a mystery you'll like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Sulphur Springs, TX, United States 04-05-12
    Doris Sulphur Springs, TX, United States 04-05-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great Read"
    If you could sum up The Bone Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising
    Exciting
    Excellent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Bill Brockton
    I liked the way the author made him real when dealing with emotions and I loved his seemingly extensive knowledge of so many things.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dr Brockton found someone had locked him out of the gate and his subsequent actions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and surprised me.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read any of Jefferson Bass before this experience, but now I plan to begin with the first in this series.
    I really like his style, it has me wanting more from him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-22-12
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Solid but not gripping"

    I do recommend this book, but the title suggests nail-biting and page-turning suspense. It is NOT THAT level of gripping. I like the main character, and I was interested in how his story unfolded. And the medical, surgical, biological descriptions seemed realistic without horrifying me (as in grossness).

    My slight complaint is the tidy and somewhat mushy way the loose ends got neatly resolved in the conclusion.

    This book gives away the endings of 2 previous books, so I suggest you read the series in order.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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