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?
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“Fans of forensic fiction will want to add this author to their list of favorites." (Booklist)
Excellent listen. Didn't want to stop listening and didn't want it to end. I want more Jefferson Bass ( but unabridged only please)!
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
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.
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.
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.
I loved reading for years, but now I've become so attached to Audible I'm finding reading tedious. Is that a bad thing?....
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.
Up there with Koontz
Yes, it had a lot of detail and a very good story line. Things keep happening.
Very good reader, good voice.
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.
If you like a mystery you'll like this book.
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.
When Dr Brockton found someone had locked him out of the gate and his subsequent actions.
It made me laugh and surprised me.
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.
Freelance journalist, now living in Israel. Audible books listener for 30 years, when I had to pretend to be blind to get access.
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!
Ardent Audible listener with 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.
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.
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