Author: Jefferson Bass
Book Name: The Devil’s Bones
Series: Body Farm
Blurb: 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.
Review: As book three in this series, this is just as great as the first two. I have to say after reading all of these so far, I’m absolutely loving the series. I love the characters that are developing along the way as well.
Bill’s character comes across as this truly genuine guy that is imperfect but still tries to be a decent human being. All of the supporting characters that seem to be constant, Miranda and Art are much the same. The humor that gets tossed around amongst them is very much on the corny side, but it is kind of a charming sort of corny that I actually like. I think it tends to emphasize a bit of the dorky side, especially with Bill’s character, and helps the reader get a strong feel for who he is outside of just his professional expertise.
For this book, I was glad to see a resolution to the Hamilton plot that has spanned the first three books. It has been excellently written and handled and by resolving it now, it didn’t become a burden to the series, but it got enough time and attention to give it weight and importance. My one teeny, tiny complaint is that there was a somewhat big event in the last book (Bill getting sued by a student), that didn’t get addressed or resolved in that book that I expected to see in this one, but didn’t. Either I missed it, or it just got glossed over, but it wasn’t mentioned at all so I was a little surprised because it isn’t clear how that got worked out.
Overall, though, another wonderful addition to the series.