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A burned car sits on a Tennessee hilltop, a woman's lifeless, charred body seated inside. Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton's job is to discover the truth hidden in the fire-desecrated corpse. Was the woman's death accidental . . . or was she incinerated to cover up her murder?
But his research into the effect of flame on flesh and bone is about to collide with reality like a lit match meeting spilled gasoline. The arrival of a mysterious package—a set of suspiciously unnatural cremated remains—is pulling Brockton toward a nightmare too inhuman to imagine. And an old nemesis is waiting in the shadows to put him to the ultimate test, one that could reduce Brockton's life to smoldering ruins.
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 Facilitythe Body Farma 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.
“[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.”
“A superb mystery—well-plotted, filled with memorable characters, based on accurate forensic science.”
“A superb mystery...written with more flair and literary sensibility than anything by John Grisham.”
-Charlotte Observer, praise for CARVED IN BONE
“A gripping murder mystery.”
-Emily A. Craig, Ph.D., Kentucky State Forensic Anthropologist and author of Teasing Secrets from the Dead
“[A] unique corpse, solid science, quirky humor and a lovable protagonist.”
“[F]ascinating...a delightful course in “how to examine a skeleton,” and the intrigues of the Tennessee moonshine backwoods!”
-Michael M. Baden, M.D., author of Remains Silent and former Chief Medical Examiner, New York City
“CARVED IN BONE introduces a captivating protagonist and is full of obscure, fascinating forensics. [A] fine new talent.”
-Stephen White, New York Times bestselling author of MISSING PERSONS
“Carved in Bone brims with terrific forensic detail . . . the real deal.”
-Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author, praise for CARVED IN BONE