Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Bone Thief

The Bone Thief
by Jefferson Bass

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass. Jon Jefferson is a journalist and a filmmaker. Bill Bass is a forensic anthropologist who taught at the University of Tennessee. He also founded the Anthropological Research Facility, better known as The Body Farm. They collaborate on the plots. Bass provides the expertise while Jefferson pounds away at the keyboard and creates the manuscripts. Their protagonist, Bill Brockton, is based on Bill Bass. Like Bass, Brockton teaches anthropology at the University of Tennessee and he runs The Body Farm. This book delves into the ugly world of black market sales of bodies and body parts. The FBI convinces Brockton to help them with a sting operation so they can bring some of these traffickers to justice. Brockton's moral compass makes it hard for him to play the role of budding black marketer. This is the fifth book in this well-crafted series. The plots are well-thought out. There is a strong sense of place. It's easy to visualize the steel girders that support Neyland Stadium and the offices underneath it that house the anthropology department. Bill Brockton and his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady have a very comfortable relationship -- lots of banter and the occasional difference of opinion. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Diane Fallon Series by Beverly Connor, the Lindsay Chamberlain Series by Beverly Connor, the Temperance Brennan Series by Kathy Reichs, or The early Patricia Cornwell novels.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

[ official The Bone Thief section of the official Jefferson Bass web site ]

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