The Bone Yard

The Bone Yard

Book - 2011
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"[Bass is] the real deal."
--Kathy Reichs

The sixth electrifying forensic mystery by author Jefferson Bass ("a fresh voice in the crime novel arena" --Seattle Post-Intelligencer), The Bone Yard is the most gripping installment yet in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm series. Called away from Tennessee's renowned Body Farm (the real life human decomposition laboratory around which these remarkable thrillers are based), Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine state when he's called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a Florida boys' reform school. Rich in authentic forensic detail and featuring a protagonist as involving as crime fiction's most popular medical examiners--including Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, Karin Slaughter's Sara Linton, and Kathy Reichs's star forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan--The Bone Yard is unassailable evidence that this series "just keeps getting better" (Booklist).

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2011.
ISBN: 9780061806780
Characteristics: 325 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 09, 2019

There is a historical basis for The Bone Yard's plotline, which was inspired by events and stories from an actual north Florida reform school. That made this is an exceptionally heartwrenching and difficult book to read.

IndyPL_RobinK Jul 28, 2019

This one continues to intrigue in the series as Dr. Brockton investigates and former boys reformatory where bones are uncovered, bringing another true story to light in this fictional tale.

Mar 22, 2016

Dr. Bill Brockton, head of U of Tennessee Anthropology Dept., continues to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides.

With 2 storylines, helping one of his students prove her sister's suicide was actually a homicide, and locating a hidden graveyard in a long defunct boys reformatory to prove murder, this is an often pedantic narrative.

While interesting, it was not compelling and I probably won't go on to read any of the 6 or so other books in the series.

Aug 13, 2015

New author to me. I liked the first book! I will take catfish1's advice and try more.

taylorswiftlover Jul 10, 2012

Love these type of book . always keeps you on your toes! yes , there are parts that are gruesome but that just add to the ambiance to the book

Dec 08, 2011

This book sounds awesome but I don't read that often.

Jul 17, 2011

This series just gets better. Great characters, sombre plot based on actual events, and the familiar forensic details. Thoroughly recommended.

NZaleske Jun 01, 2011

Very good read. A bit gruesome, but he's a bone doc!

ronsmedley May 08, 2011

Entertaining read all right.
I read most of the Body Farm series. Stuff about the human body that I never ever thought about before nor ever read about before either.

rdrlady Apr 26, 2011

Makes one want to check up on how own state handles juvenile offenders.


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Mar 22, 2016

Love can make you smaller, or it can make you bigger. Just depends on what you do after it.

Mar 22, 2016

The students had competed fiercely to get into the NFA course, and several had told me how thrilled they were to train at the Body Farm - probably the only place on earth, after all, where cinching a noose around a neck was an act of scientific inquiry rather than of suicidal despair or racist hatred or - very rarely - state-administered execution.

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