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The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass (Review #3)

The Bone ThiefReviewed by Allen Hott

Whoa! What a book! But a bit of a warning in advance. This book is about dead bodies and the study of them as they begin to break down after death and interment. And there is one section wherein Doctor Bill Brockton and his aide perform an autopsy, which is spelled out in graphic detail. There are one or two other instances of happenings that are perhaps not for the squeamish.

But for most of us? A really great book as Brockton goes about his business of running the Body Farm in Knoxville Tennessee where donated bodies are evaluated in the study of decomposition. Knowing facts about how the decomposition of the dead body is a big help to law enforcement as they piece together when, where, and how someone died.

One of East Tennessee’s most notable television personalities has recently died and stipulated that her body go to Brockton and the Body Farm. That piece of notoriety helped get more folks looking to what all can be done on the Farm.

The court had called upon Brockton and his crew to do DNA exam on a gentleman who had been dead for some time. This gentleman was buried in a normal cemetery so the body/casket had to be dug up for the examination. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass (Review #2)

The Bone ThiefReviewed by Patricia Reid

When Burton DeVreiss, Attorney, contacted Dr. Bill Brockton it was to inform Brockton that he had obtained an order to exhume the body of Trey Willoughby to obtain a DNA sample to be used as proof of paternity. Dr. Brockton and his assistant Miranda were shocked when the body was exhumed and the silk suit worn by the deceased was cut open. Trey Willoughby’s arms had been removed and the sleeves filled with white PVC pipe.

This is just one of the many puzzles presented by this fifth book in the series. Burton DeVreiss had been involved with Dr. Brockton in an earlier book in the series where a funeral home was negligent in handling the bodies that were entrusted to the home for proper burial or cremation. Now it looks as though another funeral home is going to be under investigation.

Dr. Brockton, founder of the Body Farm, is contacted by the FBI and requested to go undercover to investigate a black market operation that is selling body parts. The FBI feels that since Brockton has access to so many bodies that are donated to the Body Farm he is the perfect person to infiltrate the operation. This is particularly true since Brockton is facing many budget cuts in his department and the department is in need of funds. Although hesitant at first Brockton finally agrees to go undercover. Not only does the sting operation put Brockton’s reputation on the line Brockton’s life is placed in danger. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

thiefIt is always a wonderful opportunity to review a book written by the team of Jefferson Bass because I know there will be a great read waiting for me. Their books have everything I could want in a book – suspense, a plot that just doesn’t quit and memorable characters.

In The Bone Thief, Dr. Bill Brockton has been called in to work on a case – one that would seem to be routine. The main purpose is to exhume the body and obtain DNA for a paternity test.

Dr. Brockton brings along Miranda, his graduate assistant . One of her duties is to run the Anthropology Department’s osteology laboratory (the bone lab). She also helps coordinate the body donation program.

Everything seems to be going according to plan until the coffin is opened. To everyone’s dismay, the body has missing limbs. How could this have happened? Read the rest of this entry »