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Author: Jefferson Bass Narrator: Tom McKeon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Body Farm Novels Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9780061629723
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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.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 1/13/2011

    " A read that was written well enough for me to finish but a somewhat weak storyline. It was derivative - straight out of a big news story and it didn't delve deeply into that story or the sub-stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/4/2011

    " The more of this series I read, the more it makes me think of the tv show "Bones." I have a morbid fascination with forensic science, and this is just up my alley! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/27/2010

    " This is the third book in the Body Farm series. It is a well written, entertaining mystery told from the perspective of a forensic anthropologist. The last chapters were longer than they needed to be because of the author's usual commentary on a social issue - this one being homelessness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cupcakencorset | 9/22/2010

    " Not great writing. Not great pacing. Not great character development. Good story. Firmly grounded in the real world, landmarks and brand names and all. Worth the read, but not worth a re-read or full-price purchase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 9/17/2010

    " I simply love the writing of Jefferson Bass. The duo's work just sucks me in with Dr. Bill Brockton! I find him so funny and enjoyable. I am really happy I found this onto the next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/16/2010

    " surprisingly charming for a murder mystery about a forensic anthropologist. go figure? I will definitely read more Jefferson Bass novels, this was my first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darby | 7/22/2010

    " This wasn't my usual bag, but it wasn't bad. I thought the forensicky-thing would suck bad, but it turns out I liked the blue collar effort of describing the job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 6/18/2010

    " Brockton does more bizarre and gruesome experiments to try and solve the murder of a local woman. As seems to be the norm for this series, other things crop up but it's all tidily sorted out by the end of the book. I'm loving this series and finding them a quick fun read. "

About the Author

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, founded the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility—the Body Farm—a quarter century ago. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career at the Body Farm, Death’s Acre. He is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.