FLESH AND BONE
December 26, 2007
Harper (Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Rating: 5 Cups
Dr. Bill Brockton is a forensic anthropologist from UT – Knoxville. He lost his wife of thirty years to cancer two years ago, and is now just recovering from the harsh blow of her death. He is working on a case involving a battered body discovered near Chattanooga.
Dr. Jessamine Carter is the medical examiner in Chattanooga. For the past six months she has been the acting ME in the Knoxville Regional Forensic Center. She and Bill strike up a sweet friendship but someone threatens their relationship.
For four years, Miranda Lovelady has been Bill’s graduate assistant. They work great as a team while searching through skeletal wreckage of some highway facility or murder victim. Recently Jess has been brought in as part of the medical team, and she and Bill seem to be growing closer with each passing day. Things do no go well in Bill’s forensic search of the battered body, and more so when it appears he is suspected of murder. The more Bill wonders about his present situation he is also torn with his new love for Jess. It seems someone is intent on tearing down any relationship he has built with her. With his job on the line, and his new feelings for Jess, Bill is about to be faced with an even greater dilemma that will test his faith and love more than ever as danger darkens every move he makes.
Flesh and Bone is a thrilling fast-paced read. Wow, it captures the reader from page one and takes them on a terrific ride. The in-depth characters are realistic in everything they do. I could feel the emotions and intensity that strikes Bill in his workload, his relationship with Jess, and getting over the death of his wife, Kathleen. I admire the way Bill speaks of his desires while working with Jess. Jefferson Bass creates a great characterization of the players making them believable in all their actions. He crafts an interesting plot, some twist and turns along with the way of forensic studies, and spins a story that locks into the readers mind and holds tightly. As a skillful author, Mr. Bass has certainly done his research, making this one extraordinary read that should not be missed.
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