The Bone Thief LP: A Body Farm Novel

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Harper Collins, Apr 6, 2010 - Fiction - 492 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Jefferson Bass delivers an authentic and knuckle-biting thriller in which forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton must confront a crime of unimaginable proportions on his own doorstep. Find out why Booklist says, "Fans of forensic fiction will want to add this author to their list of favorites."

The Bone Thief

Dr. Bill Brockton has been called in on a seemingly routine case, to exhume a body and obtain a bone sample for a DNA paternity test. But when the coffin is opened, Brockton and his colleagues, including his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady, are stunned to see that the corpse has been horribly violated.

Brockton’s initial shock gives way to astonishment as he uncovers a flourishing and lucrative black market in body parts. At the center of this ghoulish empire is a daring and prosperous grave robber. Soon Brockton finds himself drawn into the dangerous enterprise when the FBI recruits him to bring down the postmortem chop shop—using corpses from the Body Farm as bait in an undercover sting operation.

As Brockton struggles to play the unscrupulous role the FBI asks of him, his friend and colleague medical examiner Eddie Garcia faces a devastating injury that could end his career. Exposed to a near-lethal dose of radioactivity, Dr. Garcia has lost most of his right hand and his entire left hand. Out of options, he embarks on a desperate quest: both of his ravaged hands will be severed at the wrist and replaced with those from a cadaver. But unless suitable ones are found soon, the opportunity will be lost.

As Brockton delves deep into the clandestine trade, he is faced with an agonizing choice: Is he willing to risk an FBI investigation—and his own principles—to help his friend? Will he be able to live with himself if he crosses that line? Will he be able to live with himself if he doesn’t? And as the criminal case and the medical crisis converge, a pair of simpler questions arise: Will Dr. Garcia survive—and will Brockton?

 

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User Review  - judithrs - LibraryThing

The Bone Thief; a Body Farm Novel. Jefferson Bass. 2010. I think I have read all of the novels written by Dr. Bill Bass and John Jefferson. Bass is the forensic anthropologist who established the Body ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Dr Bill, volunteers, sort of, in an FBI sting which soon endangers his reputation and his relationship with Miranda. Before they sort out who is stealing body parts, he discovers that he may be going ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
18
Section 4
32
Section 5
38
Section 6
50
Section 7
67
Section 8
77
Section 25
264
Section 26
289
Section 27
295
Section 28
301
Section 29
308
Section 30
322
Section 31
331
Section 32
341

Section 9
83
Section 10
102
Section 11
121
Section 12
136
Section 13
140
Section 14
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Section 15
160
Section 16
181
Section 17
190
Section 18
197
Section 19
203
Section 20
208
Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
243
Section 24
255
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
367
Section 37
371
Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
401
Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
435
Section 44
448
Section 45
455
Section 46
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Section 47
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About the author (2010)

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. Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science, and broadcast on National Public Radio. The coauthor of Death's Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.

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