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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jefferson Bass Narrator: Tom McKeo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Body Farm Novels Release Date:
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In two previous New York Times bestselling novels, Jefferson Bass enthralled readers with ripped-from-the-headlines forensic cases, memorable characters, and plots that "rival Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Drawing on research at the Body Farm—three acres of land in the backwoods of Tennessee, where bodies are left to the elements to illuminate human decomposition—Bass has moved fiction to a fascinating new realm, with forensics expertise drawn from his five decades of work as the world's leading forensic anthropologist. But this latest novel cements Jefferson Bass as one of the finest writers of suspense working today, and in a work of drama, cunning, and heartbreak, thrills the reader with fiction that feels all too real.

A woman's charred body has been found inside a burned car perched atop a hill in Knoxville. Is it accidental death, or murder followed by arson? Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton's quest for answers prompts an experiment straight from Dante's Inferno: In the dark of night, he puts bodies to the torch, researching how fire consumes flesh and bone.

In the meantime, Brockton is sent a mysterious package—a set of cremated remains that looks entirely unreal. With the help of a local crematorium, he investigates and discovers a truth too horrifying to believe: A facility in another state has not been disposing of bodies properly, instead scattering them all around the grounds.

Little does Brockton know that his research is about to collide with reality—with the force of a lit match meeting spilled gasoline. En route to trial, his nemesis, medical examiner Garland Hamilton, has escaped from custody. What follows is a deadly game of cat and mouse, played for the ultimate stakes: Brockton's own life. With help from his loyal graduate assistant, Miranda, and ace criminalist Art Bohanan, Brockton eventually tracks Hamilton, but when the police arrive, they find only a smoldering ruin. Sifting through the ashes, Brockton finds the incinerated remains of Hamilton . . . or does he? The answer—along with Brockton's ultimate test—comes in a searing moment of truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] unique corpse, solid science, quirky humor, and a lovable protagonist.”

    USA Today

  • “A superb mystery—well plotted, filled with memorable characters, based on accurate forensic science.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Blood pressure-raising.”

    Knoxville News Sentinel

  • “[A] fine thriller...this third installment is the best of a steadily improving series, but it’s doubtful we’ve seen the finest moments yet.”


  • “Bass’ trademark authentic forensic detail lifts this main narrative thread.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The authors juggle several quickly moving narratives until the final confrontation between Brockton and his nemesis. Buy wherever forensic fiction is popular, and be aware of several graphic scenes and descriptions.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Tom McKeon’s slow, deep voice is perfect for the character of Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist who runs a body farm in Cooke County, Tennessee…As the plot takes listeners through Brockton’s investigations and personal struggles, McKeon’s voice aptly portrays his shifting moods.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mckenzie | 4/18/2011

    " My favorite book of the Body Farm series thus far, The Devil’s Bones continues to leave a trail of mystery and mayhem for Dr. Bill Brockton. What more, I love how much Miranda is involved in this case. My only complaint? It ended rather abruptly. I turned the page, expecting there to be more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terribrown | 3/9/2011

    " I love the forensic stories, there is something to learn in each book plus great stories. Recommend highly all body farm books by Bass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 2/21/2011

    " More fun and frolics at the body farm, murder mystery and intrigue with a healthy dose of forensic anthropology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Terri | 1/17/2011

    " First book by this author(s) for me. I enjoyed it. It had enough sub plots to keep you going and not a tried and true end. I would definitely try another one either in the series or by the author(s). "

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