THE DEVIL’S BONES
February 5, 2008
William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins
10 East 53rd St., New York, New York 10019
Rating: 4 Cups
Dr. Bill Brockton, forensic anthropologist and professor at the University of Tennessee, knows there is something suspicious about the woman’s body found burned in a car fire. He knows it was no accident and he’s going to prove it.
The Body Farm at the University of Tennessee was started by Dr. Brockton. He and his colleagues place donated corpses in various situations on the farm and study the ways that bodies decompose. This work is extremely beneficial to forensic studies as well as criminal investigations.
Dr. Brockton and his colleagues are performing dangerous experiments with fire and bodies to determine if the woman who was found was dead before she was burned. Also, a friend has asked him to investigate a crematorium that he suspects is not giving the relatives of the deceased their true remains. Meanwhile, a deranged murderer who killed Bill’s lover and attempted to kill Bill, has just escaped from prison.
The Devil’s Bones starts off with a bang and does not quit until the very end. This exciting adventure is peppered throughout with interesting facts based on reality. With three different plots rolled into one novel, the intrigue is heart-stopping. Without being too scientific for the reader to understand, the Dr. Brockton’s investigations read like true crime. With fantastic characters and heart pounding plots, Jefferson Bass is definitely one author whose books I would not hesitate to read.
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