Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CUT TO THE BONE by Jefferson Bass

If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of reading A Body Farm novel by the estimable writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson Cut To The Bone is a perfect place to start.  This book  takes us back to 1962 when our fictional hero Dr. Bill Brockton was a much younger head of the Anthropology Department at the University of Tennessee.  He is working to create a unique research facility, a place where bones can be kept and studied.  Now, if you’re already a fan of this series you know you’re in for another entertaining, exciting read - superb crime fiction.

While Brockton would much prefer to spend his time in forensic research he’s often called upon to investigate what may be a crime scene.  In this case it is an especially chilling one.  Initially, it is believed that the similarities between the current case and Brockton’s past investigations is mere coincidence.  Not so.

As more and more bodies are discovered it becomes obvious that coincidence is not involved.  All bear quite distinct resemblances to cases from Brockton’s past, and it now appears that Brockton himself may be the next victim.  Somehow, there must be a way to discover the killer’s identity.  Little do they know that he is a deranged murderer, a man disgracefully discharged from SEAL training.  This disgrace “had cut deeply; it had cut to the bone, and it had left him scarred as surely as his stepfather’s cigarettes had scarred him.”

But what in the world could his shame possibly have to do with Brockton?

- Gail Cooke

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