Carved in Bone

Carved in Bone

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On the campus of the University of Tennessee lies a patch of ground unlike any in the world. The "Body Farm" is a place where human corpses are left to the elements, and every manner of decay is fully explored -- for the sake of science and the cause of justice. The scientist who created the Body Farm has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics, and now, in this heart-stopping novel, he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

A woman's corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed by the cave's chemistry into a near-perfect mummy -- one that discloses an explosive secret to renowned anthropologist Bill Brockton. Dr. Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death and decay at the Body Farm, but even he is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment where nothing is quite what it seems.

The surreal setting is Cooke County, a remote mountain community that's clannish, insular, and distrustful of outsiders. The heartbreaking discovery of the young woman's corpse reopens old wounds and rekindles feuds dating back decades. The county's powerful and uncooperative sheriff and his inept deputy threaten to derail Brockton's investigation altogether. So do Brockton's other nemeses: his lingering guilt over the death of his wife, and the fury of a medical examiner whom Brockton dares to oppose in court.

Carved in Bone is a richly atmospheric, superbly suspenseful, and magnificently rendered trip into the world of forensic science, the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and the dark passageways of the human psyche. Full of vivid characters and startling twists and turns, this thrilling novel heralds the debut of a major new voice in crime fiction -- and an unforgettable work from the hand of a scientific legend.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006.
ISBN: 9780060759810
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jefferson, John 19th century


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IndyPL_RobinK Jul 06, 2019

This excellent, intelligently written book is the first in a series. I was hooked and read it practically in one day. Hard to believe how exciting it is since it is based on a forensic anthropologist.

Oct 13, 2016

Interesting, fun, fast-paced, and despite some repetition (we get it, bones can tell a lot about a dead person) it is a very enjoyable read. It was definitely much better than anything that Cornwell has put out in years

bookfanatic1979 Jul 30, 2012

When I heard Bass, the author of Death’s Acre, (which I read last year) had a fiction series based on his real-life experiences I had to read it. Fascinating. I will definitely be continuing on with these books.

Jul 14, 2012

Wow...there really is a "body farm"; it's in Tennessee. The writing team, a teacher and forensic anthropologist, add intriguing details about decomposition. In this book, a corpse hidden in a cave had just the right conditions to transform her into a mummy.

bec314wis May 31, 2011

A good read! It has murder, mystery, romance (small), and some comedy in it! I loved meeting the characters and hope they are carried over into the next book! Mini-spoiler alert: there is a part in the book where the Dr is exploring the cave, it's so well written I felt like I was there with him!

MerlinsMum May 13, 2011

A good introduction to The Body farm as well as a promising first novel. Both authors also wrote Death's acre a non-fiction book about the Body farm and William Bass's more interesting cases.

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