Jefferson Bass
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Jefferson Bass

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Together, they wrote Death's Acre, a nonfiction account of the Body Farm, before tackling forensic under the pen name of Jefferson Bass. Their debut novel, Carved in Bone, reached # 25 on The New York Times Best Seller list and was followed by Flesh and Bone, The Devil's Bones, and a second nonfiction title, Beyond the Body Farm. Of the six Body Farm novels already in print, five have been New York Times bestsellers. Their seventh novel, "The Inquisitor's Key," comes out May 8, 2012.

Jefferson and Bass bring their own unique set of strengths to the partnership. Dr. Bass, the duo's scientific expert, is a legend in forensic circles. In 1980 he created the world's first laboratory devoted to human decomposition: the University of Tennessee's "Body Farm." Dr. Bass has authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific publications, most of them based on the research facility's work. During half a century in the classroom, Dr. Bass taught tens of thousands of students, including many of the foremost forensic anthropologists practicing in the United States today. He's been featured on numerous network television news programs, as well as in documentaries for National Geographic and the BBC. CBS was not exaggerating when it called Dr. Bass "America 's top forensic scientist."

Jon Jefferson, the "writer" half of Jefferson Bass, is a veteran journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. His journalism credits include work for The New York Times, National Public Radio, Newsweek, and USA Today. Jefferson learned the art of combining scientific material with compelling human stories during a decade as a science writer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In the 1990s he began writing and producing television documentaries, mainly for the History Channel and the Arts and Entertainment Network, covering topics ranging from World War II fighter planes to ancient art treasures at the Vatican. While making a two-hour A&E special about the Vatican in 1998, Jefferson first visited Avignon; thirteen years later, he returned to Avignon to research the richly layered new Body Farm novel, The Inquisitor's Key. The Jefferson-Bass collaboration began in 2001, when Jefferson wrote and produced two National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm--films that earned high rating around the world. The rest, as they say, is history--or, in this case, memoir and crime fiction!

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Best Sellers

    • The Bone Thief

    • A Body Farm Novel
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 413
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 327
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 328

    Dr. Bill Brockton must confront a crime of unimaginable proportions on his own doorstep....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good mystery, well read but poorly written.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 05-04-12

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Flesh and Bone

    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Erik Singer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Dr. Bill Brockton, the founder of the world-famous Body Farm, is hard at work on a troubling new case. A young man's battered body has been found in nearby Chattanooga....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Just OK

    • By Kristina on 12-16-07

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Bone Yard

    • A Body Farm Novel
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine state when he's called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a boys' reform school in Florida....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Call me crazy

    • By John on 08-04-15

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Breaking Point

    • A Body Farm Novel
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    It's been 10 years since Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm - the world's first postmortem research facility dedicated to advancing the frontiers of forensic science....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very moving personal plotline.

    • By Carolyn E. Golding on 07-30-15

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Cut to the Bone

    • A Body Farm Novel, Book 0.5
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

    In the summer of 1992, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee senator Al Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Holding on until the end

    • By Bogie on 02-03-15

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Without Mercy

    • A Body Farm Novel
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent 25 years solving brutal murders - but none so horrific and merciless as his latest case....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too much idealism not enough story line

    • By FJI on 03-15-17

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Bones of Betrayal

    • A Body Farm Novel
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    Dr. Bill Brockton is in the middle of a nuclear-terrorism disaster drill when he receives an urgent call from the nearby town of Oak Ridge - better known as Atomic City, home of the Bomb....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent read

    • By Joel on 10-29-09

    Regular price: $23.76

    • The Devil's Bones

    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom McKeon
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    A woman's charred body has been found inside a burned car perched atop a hill in Knoxville....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Devil's Bones

    • By Christie on 04-19-08

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Inquisitor's Key

    • A Body Farm Novel, Book 7
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    Miranda Lovelady, discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: Inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • You go a long way before a story

    • By Norma on 07-02-12

    Regular price: $28.51

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