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Cut to the Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass

Cut to the Bone Reviewed by Allen Hott

Cut To the Bone is the newest chapter in the story of Dr. Bill Brockton and his work as a forensic specialist out of the Body Farm. Dr. Brockton in actuality is the fictional counterpart of Jefferson Bass who began the Body Farm in the Knoxville, Tennessee in the real world. The farm was an offshoot of his work in the Anthropology Department of the University of Tennessee. He has worked and still works with various police units as they try to solve mysteries that have dead bodies or skeletons involved. Bass was often chided early on for not being able to be more accurate in placing the time of death in many of these cases of found bodies/skeletons.

He discovered that one of his biggest allies in being more accurate was studying the sizes and lifespans of the various flies or maggots that devoured most of the body’s materials after death. After realizing how important those little bugs were in his profession he convinced the university to allot him some ground and he then began accumulating corpses from around the area that were unidentifiable. By placing them in his “farm” he and his assistants would watch the decomposition and create timetables from the work of the flies. Read the rest of this entry »