Author: Jefferson Bass
Book Name: Flesh and Bone
Series: Body Farm
Blurb: Anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton founded Tennessee’s world-famous Body Farm–a small piece of land where corpses are left to decay in order to gain important forensic information. Now, in the wake of a shocking crime in nearby Chattanooga, he’s called upon by Jess Carter–the rising star of the state’s medical examiners–to help her unravel a murderous puzzle. But after re-creating the death scene at the Body Farm, Brockton discovers his career, reputation, and life are in dire jeopardy when a second, unexplained corpse appears in the grisly setting.
Accused of a horrific crime–transformed overnight from a respected professor to a hated and feared pariah–Bill Brockton will need every ounce of his formidable forensic skills to escape the ingeniously woven net that’s tightening around him . . . and to prove the seemingly impossible: his own innocence.
Review: It has been hard for me to find a crime drama genre book that I truly like, even though I do love the genre, let alone one that impressed me. This one did. Simply because all the things that all those other books do wrong and drive me crazy, this one managed to do right.
The main character, Bill, while incredibly educated and intelligent isn’t the one to do all the work in this to solve the crime. His character does stick mainly to his expertise and lets others that have their own expertise come in and do their jobs. The police aren’t idiots. They may not be perfect and they may not always get it right, but they also don’t always need someone else to do their jobs for them. On a whole, the situations that go on in this book are so much more realistic and believable than what you so often see in others in this same genre.
Having read the first book in the series, I really kind of knew just from reading the blurb where this would end. In a way. I had no clue the path it would take to get there, though, and that kind of hit me in the gut because I really didn’t expect that at all.
I was seriously impressed by the emotional impact of this story. For me that is kind of huge as I don’t often see a male author get that aspect of a story to ring true enough for me to connect with it. That is one of the bigger reasons I tend to stay away from male authors, so to be able to get the emotions to resonate as they did in this book is surprising and will definitely keep me coming back to this series as it continues.