Body Farm

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,314 ratings

Cut to the Bone Publisher's Summary

In this long-awaited prequel to his New York Times best-selling series, Jefferson Bass turns the clock back to reveal the Body Farm's creation - and Dr. Bill Brockton's deadly duel with a serial killer.

In the summer of 1992, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee senator Al Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House. On a sweltering hillside in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Brockton, the bright, ambitious young head of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Department, launches an unusual - some would call it macabre - research facility, unlike any other in existence. Brockton is determined to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides. But the scientist's plans are derailed by a chilling murder that leaves him reeling from a sense of deja vu. Followed by another. And then another: bodies that bear an eerie resemblance to cases from Brockton's past.

The police chalk up the first corpse to coincidence. But as the body count rises, the victims' fatal injuries grow more and more distinctive - a spiral of death that holds dark implications for Brockton himself. If the killer isn't found quickly, the death toll could be staggering. And the list of victims could include Brockton…and everyone he holds dear.

©2013 Jefferson Bass, LLC (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 0.5

    • 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 203
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    In this long-awaited prequel to his New York Times bestselling series, Jefferson Bass turns the clock back to reveal the Body Farm's creation - and Dr. Bill Brockton's deadly duel with a serial killer. In the summer of 1992, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee senator Al Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House. On a sweltering hillside in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Brockton, the bright, ambitious young head of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Department, launches an unusual - some would call it macabre - research facility, unlike any other in existence.

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

    • By Bogie on 02-03-15

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  • Book 1

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    • Carved in Bone

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  • Book 2

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    • Flesh and Bone

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    • Devil's Bones

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  • Book 4

    • 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 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    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, and the key site for the Manhattan Project during World War II. Although more than sixty years have passed, could repercussions from that dangerous time still be felt today?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent read

    • By Joel on 10-29-09

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  • Book 5

    • 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 408
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 324

    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.

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

    • By Charles Atkinson on 05-04-12

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  • Book 6

    • The Bone Yard

    • A Body Farm Novel
    • By: Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135

    The onset of summer brings predictably steamy weather to the Body Farm, Dr. Bill Brockton's human-decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee. But Brockton's about to get more heat than he's bargained for when Angie St. Claire, a forensic analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asks him to help prove that her sister's death was not suicide, but murder. Brockton's quick consulting trip takes a long, harrowing detour when bones begin turning up amid the pines and live oaks of the Florida panhandle.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Call me crazy

    • By John on 08-04-15

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  • Book 7

    • 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 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: Inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical but evidence for authenticity soon grows stronger.

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

    • By Norma on 07-02-12

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  • Book 8

    • 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 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    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 - and the researcher is at the pinnacle of his career. Under his leadership, the University of Tennessee's forensic anthropology program has become the most prominent in the world, and Brockton's skills and knowledge are in high demand among top law enforcement.

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

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

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  • Book 9

    • 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 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent 25 years solving brutal murders - but none so horrific and merciless as his latest case: A ravaged set of skeletal remains is found scattered in the woods of nearby Cook County. They are all that is left of a victim who had been chained, hand and foot, to a tree on a remote mountainside. The bones tell Brockton and his longtime graduate assistant, Miranda, that the victim was a young male under the age of thirty. As they dig deeper to establish his identity, they uncover warning signs that long-simmering hatred is about to explode.

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

    • By FJI on 03-15-17

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