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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jefferson Bass Narrator: Tom Stechschult Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Body Farm Novels Release Date:
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In this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass, Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine state when he's called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a boys' reform school in Florida

The Bone Yard

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. Two adolescent skulls–ravaged by time and animals, but bearing the telltale signs of lethal fractures–send Brockton, Angie, and Special Agent Stu Vickery on a search for the long-lost victims. The quest leads them to the ruins of the North Florida Boys' Reformatory, a notorious juvenile detention facility that met a fiery end more than forty years ago.

Guided by the discovery of a diary kept by one of the school's young "students," Brockton's team finds a cluster of shallow graves, all of them containing the bones of boys who suffered violent deaths. The graves confirm one of the diary's grim claims: that one wrong move could land a boy in the Bone Yard. But as the investigation expands, it encounters opposition from the local sheriff, who's less than delighted to find forensic experts from the state capital and the Body Farm digging up dirt in his county.

As Brockton and his team close in on the truth, they find skeletons in some surprisingly prominent closets . . . and they learn that the ghosts of the past pose perilous consequences in the present.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novels about forensic anthropologist ans crime solver Bill Brockton have become worthy of mention in the same breath with Kathy Reich’s Temperence Brennan mysteries. The series has always been skillfully written, but the most recent titles have been especially gripping…Fans of forensic-themed mystery fiction…definitely should add the Brockton series to their reading lists.” 


  • The Bone Yard is especially good and should find an audience with CSI fans and devotees of crime fiction in general…[A] tense puzzler…The real appeal is in the technical detail as Bass shows that careful observation and a few test can make silent bones tell a story.”

    Pasadena Star-News

  • “In The Bone Yard [Bass] provides the reader with plenty of grisly detail…plenty of good reading to keep the thriller aficionado in your house busy.”

    Canberra Times (Australia)

  • “Full of creepy small-town tension…A particularly chilling read.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 2/20/2014

    " I'd read another Body Farm book years ago, and picked this up at the library without remembering much about the first one I'd read. In this one Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist, explores and exposes the atrocities committed by staff of a boys school in Florida. This is a very entertaining story of the struggle of good to triumph over evil. I want to read more from this series. I have one caveat. The authors describe the actual excavation of an Arikara burial site. Although I know that when it occurred, times were much different than now, I could not help but be deeply offended by the desecration of ancestral native graves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent story in a good series. Unfortunately, the plot deals with a sad and violent story of a Florida reform school, but it is qwell written and holds your interest through out. Dr. Brockton is a very likeable and endearing character that keeps you reading until the last page. Jefferson Bass deal with forensic events in an informative and factual way that will hold a reader's interest, without any of the cheesy gimmicks in the CSI genre. A very good addition to a higly recommended series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lora King | 2/10/2014

    " I so enjoy these books. This is the first time Dr. Brockton has headed down to Fla. and it's a doozy of a story. A dog finds a bone and opens up a whole new can of worms for the authorities. A boys reformatory school in the 50's-60's was the scene of horrible injustice and Dr. B helps shed light on the sicko's who ran it, and continue in power today. We need to be so vigilant about monitoring those who oversee young offenders. You want to shower after reading this story, but it's a great mystery and you know the story will be resolved in these books. It's like Bones, but with a guy if you haven't read this series of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly Moore-Campbell | 2/9/2014

    " I LOVE LOVE this series and authors! This is the man who started the "Body Farm" at the University of Tenneessee and his fiction is based on real stories. Highly recommended! "

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