The Devil’s Bones

Jefferson Bass, Author
Jefferson Bass, Author . Morrow $24.95 (315p) ISBN 978-0-06-075985-8
Reviewed on: 12/24/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
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The lack of a strong central plot undercuts the third forensic thriller by bestseller Bass, the team of Dr. Bill Bass, founder of Tennessee’s world-renowned Body Farm, and journalist Jon Jefferson (after 2007’s Flesh and Bone ). Two cases occupy Dr. Bass’s fictional alter ego, Dr. Bill Brockton—the death of Mary Latham, a 47-year-old Knoxville native, whose charred remains were found in a burned-out car, and a disreputable Georgia crematorium that simply dumped bodies on its grounds. These probes soon take a backseat to a cat-and-mouse game with the doctor’s arch nemesis, Garland Hamilton, who tried to frame him for murder in Flesh and Bone . When Hamilton escapes from incarceration before going to trial, Brockton must keep looking over his shoulder. While a smattering of Bass’s trademark authentic forensic detail lifts this main narrative thread, a more focused look at a single case might have made the novel a better read. (Feb.)

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