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Carved in Bone

(2006)
(The first book in the Body Farm series)
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On the campus of the University of Tennessee lies a patch of ground unlike any in the world. The "Body Farm" is a place where human corpses are left to the elements, and every manner of decay is fully explored -- for the sake of science and the cause of justice. The scientist who created the Body Farm has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics, and now, in this heart-stopping novel, he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences.

A woman's corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed by the cave's chemistry into a near-perfect mummy -- one that discloses an explosive secret to renowned anthropologist Bill Brockton. Dr. Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death and decay at the Body Farm, but even he is baffled by this case unfolding in a unique environment where nothing is quite what it seems.

The surreal setting is Cooke County, a remote mountain community that's clannish, insular, and distrustful of outsiders. The heartbreaking discovery of the young woman's corpse reopens old wounds and rekindles feuds dating back decades. The county's powerful and uncooperative sheriff and his inept deputy threaten to derail Brockton's investigation altogether. So do Brockton's other nemeses: his lingering guilt over the death of his wife, and the fury of a medical examiner whom Brockton dares to oppose in court.

Carved in Bone is a richly atmospheric, superbly suspenseful, and magnificently rendered trip into the world of forensic science, the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and the dark passageways of the human psyche. Full of vivid characters and startling twists and turns, this thrilling novel heralds the debut of a major new voice in crime fiction -- and an unforgettable work from the hand of a scientific legend."

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

"Carved in Bone brims with forensic detail... the real deal." - Kathy Reichs


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Hardback Editions

January 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel
Author(s): Dr Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
ISBN: 0-06-075981-X / 978-0-06-075981-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel
Author(s): Jefferson Bass
ISBN: 0-06-227735-9 / 978-0-06-227735-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel (The Body Farm)
Author(s): Jefferson Bass, Quercus
ISBN: 1-84724-279-0 / 978-1-84724-279-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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March 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Carved in Bone (Body Farm Novel)
Author(s): Jefferson Bass
ISBN: 0-06-112127-4 / 978-0-06-112127-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: WmMorrow
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December 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Carved in Bone (Body Farm, Bk. 1)
Author(s): Jefferson Bass
ISBN: 0-06-075982-8 / 978-0-06-075982-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel
Author(s): Jefferson Bass
Publisher: William Morrow
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March 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Thriller (Body Farm Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Jefferson Bass
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon UK