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“The Body Farm novels have become bestsellers because of their attention to the fine details of forensics combined with great plot lines.”—Deseret News (Salt Lake City) The latest Body Farm novel from New York Times bestseller Jefferson Bass, The Bone Thief is a must for fans of Patricia Cornwell and TV’s C.S.I. The hero of four previous thrillers—Carved in Bone, The Devil“The Body Farm novels have become bestsellers because of their attention to the fine details of forensics combined with great plot lines.”—Deseret News (Salt Lake City) The latest Body Farm novel from New York Times bestseller Jefferson Bass, The Bone Thief is a must for fans of Patricia Cornwell and TV’s C.S.I. The hero of four previous thrillers—Carved in Bone, The Devil’s Bones, Flesh and Bone, and Bones of Betrayal—Dr. Bill Brockton must stop a grisly black market dealing in body parts and cadavers in this white-knuckle adventure written by the man widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert in forensic anthropology. Read The Bone Thief and discover why Kathy Reichs calls Bass, “The real deal.”...

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The Bone Thief Reviews

  • Ellen
    2019-03-22 02:14

    The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass.A body needs to be exhumed to make a DNA comparison for a paternity claim. Once the lid of the coffin is raised Dr. Brockton, Miranda (his assistant) and other present are astonished. Limbs had been expertly amputated from the corpse. The first step was to investigate the funeral home that handled the body prior to burial.This discovery leads Brockton into a world he never gave second thought to. soon the FBI is at his door with a proposition...a plead for his assistance in capturing the evil mastermind behind a multi-billion dollar business of stealing and selling body parts. Dr. Garcia (Eddie) has become a close friend as well as a colleague of Dr. Brockton's. Since Eddie's devastating loss of his hands in a radioactive encounter a what comes next is at the forefront of his thoughts and Dr. Brockton's. This horrific accident has all the medical staff and associates on the edge of their seats.The beginning chapter or two had perked my interest which faded a bit afterwards. However all the information whether I found it interesting at first or not blended together during the later third of the story. The last few chapters were so beautifully written in detail and compelling I couldn't stop.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-23 00:26

    I've enjoyed this series in the past and this one was no different in that aspect. However, it had the potential to be a great five star read for me but the ending just killed my enthusiasm. The plot was great throughout the book and definitely kept my attention but near the end, it felt like the author realized that it was time to wrap things up and just threw the ending together. And what about the little side plot that get sprinkled throughout the book, only to be swept aside and put out of mind towards the end? Frustrating! Still, if you're a fan of the series or into forensics, pick it up and give it a shot. Just don't expect much from the being of the book.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-08 01:20

    When Burton DeVreiss, Attorney, contacted Dr. Bill Brockton it was to inform Brockton that he had obtained an order to exhume the body of Trey Willoughby to obtain a DNA sample to be used as proof of paternity. Dr. Brockton and his assistant Miranda were shocked when the body was exhumed and the silk suit worn by the deceased was cut open. Trey Willoughby’s arms had been removed and the sleeves filled with white PVC pipe.This is just one of the many puzzles presented by this fifth book in the series. Burton DeVreiss had been involved with Dr. Brockton in an earlier book in the series where a funeral home was negligent in handling the bodies that were entrusted to the home for proper burial or cremation. Now it looks as though another funeral home is going to be under investigation.Dr. Brockton, founder of the Body Farm, is contacted by the FBI and requested to go undercover to investigate a black market operation that is selling body parts. The FBI feels that since Brockton has access to so many bodies that are donated to the Body Farm he is the perfect person to infiltrate the operation. This is particularly true since Brockton is facing many budget cuts in his department and the department is in need of funds. Although hesitant at first Brockton finally agrees to go undercover. Not only does the sting operation put Brockton’s reputation on the line Brockton’s life is placed in danger.Dr. Garcia, whose hands were very badly damaged in the previous novel, Bones of Betrayal, is seeking options to replace his hands that were damaged so badly by a radioactive pellet in a body when he was performing an autopsy. Brockton and Miranda are both working to find a solution or possible hand transplant for Dr. Garcia.More information has come to light about Isabella, who disappeared at the end of the previous novel. Isabella had a brief personal relationship with Brockton and this relationship has come back to haunt Brockton.Several story lines are going on in this novel but they all come together with a satisfactory conclusion but not before Dr Brockton thinks life as he knew it is at an end.

  • Michael
    2019-04-16 19:31

    The latest "Body Farm" novel, based on the real-world program at the University of Tennessee, finds the series take a slight change of pace. Dr. Bill Brockton is brought in to consult on a paternity case, only to find when the body in question is exhumed that the arms are missing, replaced by PVC pipe.The investigation leads to Brockon's involvement with an FBI sting center on a businessman who purchases bodies for various medical conferences and to sell on the black market. Meanwhile, Brockton faces a personal dilemma when he finds out that the woman he was involved with in the previous novel and who is now a fugitive from justice is pregnant, possibly with his child.One of the major drawbacks of the last couple of "Body Farm" novels I've read is that while the cases were interesting, we didn't really get to know much about Brockton and that the writing team of Jefferson Bass kept going over the same grounds with the character again and again. In "The Bone Thief," the central mystery allows Brockton to breath a bit more and for the readers to get some insight into the character. Brockton's professional and personal dilemmas are a highlight of the story and the novel wisely allows him to grow a bit as a character. And while not reading the previous entry in this series, "Bones of Betryal" isn't essential to understanding and following the story here, I will warn you that "The Bone Thief" can and will ruin much of the mystery of that story.

  • Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna
    2019-03-25 18:15

    It was just not my cup of tea, I guess. Too many references to previous books. It was annoying and did not allow me to see the book as a stand alone work. Those references applied pressure to read the first books in the series. I understand some reference to previous books, but here I feel that a large part of the story was rooted in previous books in the series and the storyline kept going back to "ghosts of the past." The new storyline did not start going untill it was 1/3 way into the book. It was over pretty fast and the end was just too positive. I feel that the book brought too many loose ends from the past and laid out too many loose ends for the future. I would recommend Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell as a much better read in this particular genre.

  • Linda I
    2019-04-17 18:20

    The hardest part about finding good crime thrillers for someone who has a strong science foundation and a penchant for reading well-written crime novels is having to wade through the mediocre to find those rare diamonds (well, I guess the same can be true for much of life, like dating). Unfortunately, this is another one of those oh-hum, mass market appeal, watered-down forensics story. Bummer. The storyline felt sloppy, loose and totally predictable. Well, predictable except for one minor revelation at the end that was really unimportant. I had high hopes for this series, since it seemed similar to Kathy Reich's Temperance Brennan books. Alas, Reich's still reigns. I wouldn't recommend the story to a friend unless they can't find anything better. And, there's ALWAYS something better.

  • Magpie67
    2019-04-03 18:43

    Author’s Note: Fact and Fiction, “’This book is a work of fiction,’ Reads the disclaimer in the front of this novel. ‘Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.’ ‘That very disclaimer itself is part fiction: Although many characters and most plot threads in the The Bone Thief are woven entirely out of thin air, this book has many bases in scientific and biomedical fact. Within this subject area, truth rivals or surpasses fiction in ways that are mostly inspiring but occasionally horrifying. The thriving trade in bodies and body parts, including illegal black-market sales of corpses and tissues, was recently the subject of a riveting nonfiction book, Body Brokers, by Annie Cheney. Published in 2006, Cheney’s book documents, among other things, shocking postmortem ‘chop shops’, our term, not hers, operated by a California funeral-home owner and a Texas medical-school staff member. Body Brokers also describes multiple instances of bodies and body parts being sent to laboratories and even luxury hotels... including, Cheney reports, ‘forty-two heads and necks to the Marriott Marquis’ in New York City’s Time Square for medical trainings. Cheney’s book also documents the tragic case of a young man who died suddenly from toxic shock after receiving an improperly sterilized bone graft, one contaminated with Clostridium sordellii bacteria. Crime fiction focuses, by definition, on the seamier side of life. The happier truth is that organ transplants and tissue grafts allow remarkable feats of medical repair and restoration. And as stem-cell technology advances, offering the potential to grow rejection-proof tissues and organs with the patient’s own DNA and tissue type, the possibilities become almost miraculous. Indeed, near miracles are already being wrought: The surgery in Spain that was described by our character Glen Faust, in which a cadaver trachea was used as a scaffold to create a new windpipe from the recipient’s own stem cells, is unvarnished fact. The one significant bit of artistic license we’ve taken with biomedical fact is the notion that by combining CT scans with advanced composite materials it’s possible to synthesize bones that are virtually exact copies of their originals. That’s not possible, not yet anyway. But never say never. A few footnotes about hands: Artificial hands are now very sophisticated and lifelike in their workings, as a glance at the i-LIMB Hand, with its individually controlled fingers, makes clear... www.touchbionics.com/i-LIMB. Soon bionic prostheses will become even more advanced, thanks to millions of dollars’ worth of R&D sponsored by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program, motivated by the military’s commitment to restoring function to soldiers whose arms or hands have been lost to trauma, is led by two premiere R&D laboratories: DEKA Research and Development, the birthplace of the portable insulin pump and the Segway scooter, and the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, whose numerous other projects include interplanetary satellites and bomb-disposal robots. Within the new few years, Revolutionizing Prosthetics aims to create bionic arms that are virtually identical to natural limbs in performance and durability. Hand surgery, too, has undergone remarkable advances. Toe-to-thumb transplantation, briefly discussed as a way to restore function to Dr. Garcia’s right hand, is a well-established and highly successful way to replace a missing thumb, as Asheville, North Carolina, hand surgeon Bruce Minkin, a former student of Dr. Bill Bass, explained. After a teenage patient lost his thumb and two fingers to an explosion, Dr. Minkin grafted one of the boy’s toes onto his mangled hand, creating a thumb that looks and functions almost like the original. Total hand transplantation is, for now, an inspiring but experimental and very rare procedure. Worldwide, only about forty hand transplants have ever been performed. Those numbers will rise, and the procedure will become more common, if Dr. Linda Cendales has her way. Dr. Cendales, is the only surgeon in the United States who has been formally trained in both hand surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Cendales is not just a gifted surgeon, she’s also a pioneering researcher. As the first edition of this book goes to press, Dr. Cendales is evaluating transplant candidates, and preparing to test a powerful new anti-rejection drug that she hopes will revolutionize transplant medicine and bring hope and hands to more real-life patients like our fictional Eddie Garcia.” Well Jefferson and Bass did it again, they made me love, beyond reason, another book in their series. I felt like I gained so much knowledge while in the background fictional character Dr. Bill Brockton worked a sting with the F.B.I. among his daily duties. This title is a carry over from the last one with character Dr. Eddie Garcia, who lost his hands when the deceased individual he was working on had a radioactive ball inside it’s stomach lining. Dr. Eddie Garcia came into direct contact by touching and breathing in the radioactive material as the corpse was thawing out, causing him to lose most of his right hand and all of his left hand. Amidst the story of Dr. Brockton helping the F.B.I is also the research and funding of his Body Farm, Dr. Garcia’s hands and future, the body of a television personality who asked that her process of decomposition be documented as she, herself, was a news anchor for the local area t.v. in Eastern Tennessee, and then there is the favor for Burton DeVriess LLC. A body needs to be pulled from the cemetery to do a paternity test in a court case. One problem with that, the body has fake arms and legs in the casket. In case you were wondering where the DNA would be attained from: the teeth or the long bones of the arm or thigh. “The sleeves of his silk jacket, like the legs of his silk trousers, were filled with white PVC pipe: plastic plumbing in place of human flesh and bone.” A series of questions, cops and lawyers press on as other bodies are exhumed from the now closed, defunct mortuary, which leads to a casket only containing sand bags and another one with a deceased individual and a murdered victim, nestled beside them, the murder weapon. “Curiouser and curiouser.” These two authors have a knack to create a fictional story heaped with facts and tidbits of information I would never have thought of, for instance another reader asked me if hand transplants become that successful, what do we do with the fingerprints? Is the patient fingerprinted after surgery and who gets to keep this information? I told her, I’m going to ask them... because now I’m curious. “How many cadavers came through the door?’ ‘Twenty-seven last year.’ He cocked his head. ‘How many’d you get last year, Doc?’ ‘A hundred thirty-five,’ I said. He whistled. ‘That’s a lot of bodies.’ ‘Lots of people want to donate their body to science,’ I pointed out. ‘Partly that’s because funerals have gotten so damn expensive, but mostly it’s because people like the idea of doing some good after they die, helping train doctors or advancing medical research or forensic science.” Dr. Bill Brockton’s sting is a secret and he must keep his assistant in the dark, but Miranda is completely aware that things aren’t normal. Bill is ethically under stress trying to hide what he is doing and yet that age old blackmail deal rears its ugly head, sending each corner of his life into a tailspin after an innocent trip to the Library. Poor Dr. Bill Brockton thought his meeting be at the quiet, calm library of Las Vegas not filled with the lights and noise of the public. Little did he know it was a place of ill repute until the cab driver dropped him off. “‘Sinclair wasn’t talking about the place where you borrow books. He was talking about a strip club called The Library.’ ‘A strip club called The Library. Only in Vegas, huh, Doc? You gotta love it.’ ‘No I don’t,’ I snapped. ‘I hate it. ‘Crap, I wasn’t expecting a strip club. What do I do?’” Dr. Bill Brockton has never stepped foot into a place such as this and agent Rankin is quite humored. “‘This is the description of the place that’s posted on the Web. ‘This gentlemen’s club isn’t just for bookworms. The club actually does have volumes lining the entrance, but the clientele comes here for a different type of learning experience. And they visit often enough to keep The Library busy even on school nights.’ ‘That’s hilarious.’ ‘Not to me,’ I said. ‘I really don’t like this.” Bill’s conscience wrestles with his need to sell the idea he has bodies to give Sinclair. To add a twist to the thought process, Bill even decides to ask for more money due to the nature of losing his job and career over this venture. Greed raises it’s ugly head in this book, but at what price? “‘Fascinating,’ said Dr. Hoover. ‘Life and death, crime and punishment, justice and injustice, your work really does wrestle with the Big Questions, doesn’t it?’” Indeed this was how I felt as I navigated through the pages wondering how much fact authors Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson had woven in with the fictional characters. I decided to share the facts with my readers. I highly recommend these forensic thrillers filled with history, science miracles and a touch of mystery to keep the reader entertained until the wee hours of the morning. The knowledge and the quirky humor make all the characters lovable in their own settings. I have four books and a novella left in the series and I’m hoping there are more to follow.

  • Doug Phillips
    2019-04-12 02:32

    From time to time, I just need to step back from my regular course of history works and true crime tales to check in with the team at the Body Farm. This book (#5 in the series) lives up to the others in the Body Farm works and reveals many personal details about Dr. Brockton that help to round out his character. Following the Jefferson Bass team's structure of weaving mystery along with a personal connection for Brockton's character through his consulting, I now feel as though I am starting to know my way around the University of Tennessee locations and personnel. That being said, it seems as though some of the story development is somewhat contrived to make sense of other loose strings in the story. That is a minor quibble, though, and I'm looking forward to my next visit to 'the farm'.

  • Ken Griffin
    2019-04-20 21:38

    Enjoyed !!

  • Bette
    2019-04-11 01:33

    This is truly a suspenseful story. Many different threads each separate but entwined and each fascinating, thrilling, and heart stopping.

  • Paul
    2019-04-09 22:42

    So once again I've delved in the world of Dr Bill Brockton. Its a series of book that i'm always happy to pick up. This time we find our hero mixed up in the world of organ transplantation. A subject I hold dear as i'm signed up as an organ donor myself. Going into this book I was already a wear of the dark side of this medical practise. People have been known to sell organs the world over and everyone has heard the story of people waking up in baths of ice or though I feel this maybe more fiction than reality. So how would our hero deal tackle the subject. As for Brokton its business as usual trying to keep the body farm afloat and deal with a second life helping out crime agencies. For me he resembles the farther figure of crime fiction. He is always looking out for those around him ether giving sage advice or trying to help people out of a bind. This time he has voluntarily dumped him self in harms way. Going undercover for the F.B.I sounds like a great idea until the harsh reality of what he is doing come crashing down around him. This is a man who is more accustomed to dealing with the after effects or a crime than being at its for front. He deals with this in a slightly bumbling way as you could imagine. And while I was never truly worried he would make it out alive there are some time I would if the wouldn't be a few scars by the end. Also for the first time he has to deal with weather or not he can break his principles to come out on top. It was interesting to see someone fighting with there own moral code. Have far would I go to see justice served. To be honest i'm not sure and I like how this is reflected in our hero. His struggle seemed to show a genuine conflict within the charter. Some characters make a return visit from previous books to aid our doctor on his way. And for those new to the series it wouldn't take long to pickup there connections to our good doctor. Foremost is his good friend medical examiner Eddie Garcia Dealing with devastating wounds him suffered in the previous book. It works as an interesting cases study on how people come to terms with being left disabled and how there world view can be changed. Once again this is a book that comes from a very real world problem. The black market for body parts is a thriving international business. There simple are not enough parts to go around and people will pay big money to get what they want. I like the fact that for the most part these books are very grounded in the real world. The story the author chose to tell never seem that far fetched. And are told in a style that is easy to get on with. The dodgy world we are introduced to is one of people out for money. While they may try and shine you off with there altruism for these people its all about the bottom line. This is a world of sharks and our Dr is most defiantly there prey. At the heart of this thriller is a cat and mouse game although in this case its more of a cat dog mouse game. Between the criminals the F.B.I and the doctor. While some of the medical terms are unknown to me a quick Google search is always at hand to fill in any blankets. And at no point did I feel this detracted from my enjoyment of the book. For me this is a point that raises them up. The story is full of intrigue and suspense. Bass does this in a slower way than some other authors but I still found my self trying to fit the pieces together at the same pace. The other elements that always come though in these books is that of family but not necessarily in the traditional sense It more the friends an colleges that make up this small band. They all care about each other even if at times they may not show it. Much like in real life this can lead to conflict between them. Non more so than when Brokton has to keep secrets from those he cares about. Leading to some interesting results. And as before i was able to spend a happy evening with one of the books in this series. There is just as much for new comers as those who have been with it since the beginning. As you would expect the story comes with its share of twist and turns. I hold these books up there with my favourite's and will be happy to jump into the next one when the time come around.

  • Matt
    2019-03-24 00:40

    Jefferson Bass is blessed with the ability to write a concise novel that explores numerous areas within the medical field and keep things interesting enough to have readers understand the process. Those who rave over BONES (or Kathy Reichs books) or even the Patricia Cornwell series will surely lap up this book, the fifth installment in the series which has kept my attention from the word, GO! Bass is able to always keep the material fresh (pardon the pun) and new, while still stringing the story along and pulling in past cases and stories into the mix. The books are set close enough that the loose thread placed in the closing pages of the previous novel remains fresh in the reader’s mind and within the deeper storyline of the overall plot. Bass has moved away from the traditional forensic anthropology cases, where we spend the book trying to track the killer and discover more about the victim. Nuclear radiation was ingenious and now the world of prosthetics and transplant surgery ties so perfectly into this book that it is as though the entire series has been mapped out and tied together before they were written.The books are simple to understand, yet the reader is not left feeling as though everything medical is watered down to the level of an elementary student. Real words are used and explained and yet the reader can feel as though these are real issues and actual conversations that could and would take place. Bass is also able to jam pack the entire story into a reasonable amount of time, making it all the more readable and well worth the invested time.While I knew this from the beginning, I have yet to address the use of first-person narrative. I find that in some books like this, using the main character’s eyes makes the story quite one-sided. I suppose, since this is not a thriller, we need not see things through the eyes of a killer, but still, using Dr. Brockton alone has not made the story one dimensional in the least. The story is as thorough as we could want it and while he does seem like the social and medical hub of it all, things progress nicely with him at the narrative helm.Spectacular work and many kudos Messers. Jefferson and Bass! I am ready for the next one.

  • Rebeka
    2019-03-23 01:22

    Okay, I'll start off with complete honesty... I ALMOST gave this book only three stars. The reconciliation between Brockton and his son felt so forced and contrived, with the conflict never really adequately explained, I was left shaking my head in dismay. And the plot twist at the end about the relationship between the two main villains... was that really necessary? Honestly... it was just plain weird. I don't even know why that was included.That being said, I still loved this book. I learn so much from reading these books, that's part of the reason I love them so much. All that stuff about sepsis, I was devouring it. And the thefts of organs and body parts... for surgery practice! It was something I'd never thought of before and I was stunned. It was made all the more fascinating because one of my cousins just passed away from sepsis, not from a transplant, but it was just really fascinating to read things that were never adequately explained to my family.Sometimes it bothers me just how much the authors go out of their way to torment Dr. Brockton, but I can't really talk I guess... sometimes it's just the best way to move a story along. Agents Price and Rankin seriously get on my nerves though...Not enough of Art in this book, but then again, there was so much going on that I'm amazed that the different threads were all wrapped up as neatly as they were. And I continue to adore the dark humor in these books.So even though it has some issues, I still enjoyed the book tremendously and I'll be reading the next one as soon as possible.

  • Dorie
    2019-04-15 22:29

    The writing team of Jefferson Bass has yet to disappoint me with any of their books, and this one was really good as well. The plot centered around black market body parts and human tissue research, which was a fascinating subject to explore. Bill Brockton is roped into assisting with a sting operation with the FBI, and risks alienating Miranda, his young assistant and good friend. For some reason, even though I've read a lot of the books Bass has set at "The Body Farm", this one really made me start thinking about what would happen to my body after I died. It made me start making decisions and putting plans in place. Although no one ever likes to think about such a thing, I was surprised at the peace of mind this gave me. What really disturbed me however (as this book highlighted) is that despite your wishes and plans, your next of kin can do whatever they like after you die, including disregarding your wishes. I think new laws should be put into place that gives the person the right to decide what happens to their remains and have an Executor enforce it similar to a Last Will.

  • J.R.
    2019-03-29 19:26

    A routine endeavor to recover DNA from a corpse reveals the body has been desecrated and plunges Dr. Bill Brockton into a case which poses both personal danger and a moral dilemma for the forensic anthropologist.Brockton agrees to go undercover for the FBI in a sting operation to stop grave robbers engaged in a black market body parts scheme. His secret involvement poses a rift with Miranda Lovelady, his graduate assistant and self-appointed social conscience, as well as threat to his life.At the same time Brockton is risking life and reputation for the FBI he is having a moral crisis over issues stemming from his past relationship with a murderess and life-threatening injuries to his friend and colleague Dr. Eddie Garcia.In addition to an engaging tale, the writing team of Bass and Jefferson always provide an interesting quota of fascinating scientific information in an easily digestible format. This novel is no exception to that rule, providing details on the illegal body trade, organ transplants and tissue grafts and other biomedical facts.

  • Nancy Ellis
    2019-04-07 00:33

    I enjoyed this book more than the previous one in the series. There was more "action" involving several interesting subplots that all came together in the end. At first it looks like a relatively routine case, exhuming a body for DNA in a paternity suit, but when the body is found to be missing its arms and legs, this leads to deeper involvement in the black market of cadaver parts/tissue, causing Dr. Bill Brockton to go undercover for the FBI. A very enjoyable read and as always I'm fascinated by all the medical and forensic info that fills these books!

  • Jamie Clanin
    2019-03-31 19:27

    Well written with plenty of action and medical detail, and connected back nicely to the previous book. At the same time, the conclusion seemed rushed. The buildup took a little while, but then the pacing picked up and several major events happened all at once right at the end.I would have liked a little more, so the writing and story must have been good enough to keep me involved. Much better than the first one I read, and definitely a series I'll stick with.

  • Erin L
    2019-03-20 18:32

    Review of the audiobookThis is the first of the series that I've read, but it's the 5th in the series. A lot of mention is made of previous events. The reader is given enough information to follow along, but I would have benefited from reading in order rather than starting here.That said, I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting, the mystery intriguing and the technical details utterly fascinating.

  • Erin
    2019-03-25 18:29

    Another solid Body Farm Novel. Again, the forensics are top notch but aspects of the story are a bit cheesy. The subplot with his former love Isabella seems forced. Even his relationship with his grad student Miranda seems a bit fake in this book. All in all, though, I enjoyed it because of the forensics and the Knoxville backdrop.

  • Teresa Crawford
    2019-04-09 23:43

    Though I rated this book a 4, I really think it's more of a 3 1/2. I did enjoy the book, seemed to have a great mix of humor, fiction and scientific and biomedical facts. I'm just not 100% sold on the plot, but maybe it's just me. Alas, it won't stop me from heading off to read the next in the series!

  • Heather
    2019-04-07 23:20

    Poor Dr. Brockton - always getting himself in a pickle. I sure do like these books. Humor, emotion, mystery, science-y stuff - I enjoy it all. Now, on to the next one!

  • Mary Drayer
    2019-04-12 22:17

    Oh the Body Farm series transports me into another world. ❤️Them all-

  • Dav
    2019-03-29 22:35

    The Bone Thief • by Jefferson Bass(The Body Farm Series #5)Dr. Bill Bass and his collaborator Jon Jefferson use the pen name Jefferson Bass to co-author The Body Farm novel seriesDr. Bill Brockton a forensic anthropologist, the famed director of Tennessee's Body Farm is asked to collect a DNA sample from a corpse that was buried some years ago (2003). Once the body is exhumed and the coffin opened they're surprised to see the well-dressed corpse is just a head, torso and two hands. PVC pipe inside the suit coat and pants have replaced the mans legs and arms. Later another coffin is found to contain sandbags, the whole corpse missing. Prior to burial someone is collecting bodies and parts.Before long the FBI approaches Dr. Bill wanting him to offer his supply of cadavers for sale on the black market, specifically to Raymond Sinclair (Ray) their prime suspect in the body part chop shop. The FBI assures Dr. Bill if something goes wrong he and the University will not be held accountable.In the meantime the cops are still after Isabella who, a couple of months ago, murdered an atomic scientist in retaliation for the World War II bombings in Japan ( Negasaki). A lovely librarian, she had a brief fling with doctor Bill before anyone knew she was nuts. They find her hideout in the sewer system along with a pregnancy test, yes Bill may be a father.In addition Dr. Garcia, a medical examiner and Bill's colleague and friend inadvertently handled the radioactive pellet during the autopsy of the scientist (a very poison pill used to kill the patient). The deadly radioactivity left Dr. Garcia with few fingers on the right hand, no left hand and a long hospital stay. He needs a hand transplant ASAP.The sting works and the feds arrest Ray, but once he's out on bail he goes gunning for Dr. Bill. Eventually the FBI rescues Bill's reputation and publicly proclaim him a hero for helping end the body theft conspiracy. The author put Dr. Bill through much; he was shot at, suffered hypothermia in the woods, got frostnip fingers, was blackmailed with photos from a strip club and was thought to be a slimy embezzler by his colleagues. In a confrontation at the Body Farm Bill catches Ray's accomplice Glen Faust, but Glen redeems himself when he takes a bullet meant for Bill. The FBI arrive and shoot Ray before he fires another shot. While slowly dying Glen agrees to donate his hands for Dr. Garcia's needed transplant-- it's a success.The story offers a pro and con on the ethics of paying for organs and body parts. It's also based on the real world problem of post-mortem chop shops, aka body brokers.Mostly liked it.The real Body Farm: "University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, better known as the Body Farm. . . started by anthropologist William M. Bass, for study of the decomposition of human remains. It is located a few miles from Knoxville, Tennessee. . . Bodies are placed in different settings throughout the facility and left to decompose. . .to provide insights into decomposition under varying conditions." wikiTHE BOOK SERIES:1. Carved In Bone (Body Farm #1), 20062. Flesh and Bone (Body Farm #2), 20073. The Devil’s Bones (Body Farm #3), 20084. Bones of Betrayal (Body Farm #4), 2009 ● 5. The Bone Thief (Body Farm #5), 20106. The Bone Yard (Body Farm #6), 20117. Madonna and Corpse (#6.5 a novella), 20128. The Inquisitor’s Key (Body Farm #7), 20129. Jordan’s Stormy Banks (#7.5 a novella), 201310. Cut to the Bone (Body Farm #8), 2014 – (chronologically 1st in the series)11. The Breaking Point (Body Farm #9), 201512. Without Mercy (Body Farm #10), 2016• •

  • Jud Hanson
    2019-04-12 20:28

    It starts as another routine request for a DNA test to determine paternity. What it becomes is something entirely different: an exhumed body with PVC pipes where the arms should be. The next thing he knows, the FBI is knocking on his door, wanting his help investigating a black-market operation dealing in body parts. Brockton is understandably reluctant to participate, as the Body Farm only recently avoided being shut down by a group of politicians who didn’t fully understand it. However, after getting the okay from UT and a letter of protection from the FBI, Brockton agrees to help. Brockton meets the ringleader at a conference in Las Vegas and agrees to deliver a load of human arms in exchange for money, all the while being monitored by the FBI. Things begin to go sour though and Brockton begins to wonder if helping in this sting was a good idea after all.The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass is the fifth entry in the popular Body Farm series. The Body Farm is indeed real, as are the coauthors behind the series: Dr. Bill Bass, Body Farm Founder; and Jon Jefferson, a writer and producer of two National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm. The Body Farm series is an excellent one and #5 continues what has become one of the best forensic-based mysteries in literature today. The plot is easy to follow and written in such a way that any layperson can enjoy this novel fully. I would give this novel 4/5 stars.

  • Cornelia Wippich
    2019-04-20 22:36

    Ein sehr sehr spannendes Buch aus der "Body-Farm"-Reihe. Das Autorendou schafft es perfekt forensische Fakten mit einem spannenden Plot zu verknüpfen und die Hauptfigur Dr. Bill Brockton ein weiteres mitreißendes Abenteuer erleben zu lassen. Um der Handlung folgen zu können, empfiehlt es sich zuvor die anderen Bücher der Reihe zu lesen, ist aber auch als eigenständiges Buch gut lesbar. Die Charaktere werden gut beschrieben und herausgestellt ohne langatmig für Kenner zu wirken.In diesem Thriller wird die Problematik des illegalen Knochen-/ Körper- und Organhandels behandelt und stellt die Integrität des Hauptcharakters auf die Probe. Bill Brockton wird vom FBI in einem Undercovereinsatz eingesetzt, bei dem er Freundschaften, seinen Ruf und sein Leben riskiert. Sehr spannend mit Suchtpotenzial und macht Appetit auf das nächste Buch der Reihe.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-04 22:36

    In this 5th outing of the Body Farm mystery series, Dr. Bill Brockton assists on a seemingly routine exhumation to identify paternity for a court case. When the skeleton is removed, both the arms and legs have been replaced with plastic pipe. Recruited by the FBI to do undercover work in the highly competitive and flourishing body parts black market, Brockton finds himself on the outs with friends and families as he cooperates with law enforcement. Subplots that include the possibility of being a father again and a hand transplant for a colleague keep the story moving.

  • Dr. Simone J. Simone
    2019-03-20 21:36

    Give The Body Farmer A Hand! or Two.I cannot get enough of Body Farm books. Forensic science owes a tremendous debt to Dr. Bass and all of the students who have passed through the Farm and extended the boundaries of forensics. This particular book told quite an exciting story that could have ended the life of the good doctor. From lap dances to hypothermia to pregnancy to a shootout to a helicopter ride through a gale to a transplant.

  • Cathy Umbehagen
    2019-03-27 02:33

    Just okay. Mediocre plot. Flat characters. I was looking forward to a "forensic thriller" , but found little in the way of thrills. I caught myself shaking my head at some points in the book because the main character just did some really dumb things for a supposedly intelligent man. A disappointment all around for me.

  • Steve Payne
    2019-04-12 02:31

    This was the weakest in the series thus far. Not a lot happening outside of a lot happening outside of a lot of introspection by the lead character. The plot seemed contrived at best, too clever for its own good.

  • Mariska Raeymakers
    2019-04-20 20:15

    Goed boek. Spannend. Al waren er wel bepaalde dingen die je wel zag aankomen, zoals de transplantatie van de handen voor García. Maar het einde was wel weer onverwacht. Al leek het wel alsof het einde snel snel bij elkaar was geschreven. Maar zeker een aanrader als je van dit genre houdt.