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Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murder, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science | [Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson]

Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murder, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science

A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Dr. Bill Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition. Bill Bass' research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time since death. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using cases from his career to take readers into the real world of "CSI".
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A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Dr. Bill Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition. Bill Bass' research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time since death. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using cases from his career to take readers into the real world of "CSI".

Some of Bill Bass' cases rely on the simplest of tools and techniques, while other cases hinge on sophisticated techniques Dr. Bass could not have imagined when he began his career: using computer data and video image processing to help identify murder victims; harnessing scanning electron microscopy to detect trace elements in knife wounds; and extracting DNA from a long-buried corpse, only to find that the female murder victim may have been mistakenly identified a quarter-century before.

Witty and engaging, Bass dissects the methods used by homicide investigators every day, leading liseners on an extraordinary journey into the high-tech science that it takes to crack a case.

©2007 Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 02-04-08
    Joanne Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 02-04-08 Member Since 2006

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    I am a huge fan of Bill Bass and after reading his first book (The body farm) years ago; I was pleased to find a second.
    It is actual/factual yet not text bookish. A good read for forensic fans.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Lubbock, TX, United States 04-28-08
    Kristin Lubbock, TX, United States 04-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "I'll Be a Donor for Sure"

    If you've read Dr. Bass' previous non-fiction book, Death's Acre, you know exactly what you will be getting yourself into, but with substantially more grit. This is not as much a personal story of Dr. Bass as it is hard facts about tough cases. Dr. Bass never disappoints, and I am forever grateful for the work he has done in the forensic field, as we all should be. Good book, excellent man.

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    Maude Lebowski Texas 04-28-08
    Maude Lebowski Texas 04-28-08 Member Since 2007

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    "I'll Be a Donor for Sure"

    If you've read Dr. Bass' previous non-fiction book, Death's Acre, you know exactly what you will be getting yourself into, but with substantially more grit. This is not as much a personal story of Dr. Bass as it is hard facts about tough cases. Dr. Bass never disappoints, and I am forever grateful for the work he has done in the forensic field, as we all should be. Good book, excellent man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia New Bern, NC, United States 05-23-13
    Patricia New Bern, NC, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    I have read other books about the body farm and have always been intrigued by the details and stories of the Dr. Blass. This book was exceptionally interesting because of the stories associated with his cases.....especially one...but you'll have to read the book to find out which one! Great book!

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    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
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    "Really interesting."

    Fascinating book, wonderfully read.

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    Pamela Coral Springs, FL, United States 01-11-10
    Pamela Coral Springs, FL, United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting Listen"

    If you like Patricia Corwell novels but want the reaaallll story behind all of the forensic information - here you go. I found it very interesting and even bought one of this author's fiction books to see how he does in that area.

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    Lannielui 07-21-08
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    "Informative and Entertaining"

    Dr. Bill Brass delivers a delightful mix of information and entertainment in his book, Beyond the Body Farm. In this book, he delves into fascinating aspects of forensics as well as interesting case studies. One of which, includes the mysterious events behind the death of the Big Bopper. The hard core facts are balanced by witty commentary and personal internal dialog. A great read for all forensic fans and highly recommended.


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