Bones of Betrayal by Jefferson Bass
Posted by litekepr on April 2, 2010
I just completed the 4th book in the Body Farm novel series and its great. The review I read all said it was the best so far and I have to agree. I’ve enjoyed each book in this series and really enjoy the stories, the characters, the forensic details and much more.
For people who aren’t familiar with these books – they are a collaboration between Dr Bill Bass (from the University of Tennessee and the founder of “the Body Farm”) and Jon Jefferson (author, director, producer). They are both awesome people and they have collaborated on 6 books to date – unless I’ve missed any others. They have the Body Farm fiction series and also the Body Farm non fiction books – all center around Dr Bass’ experiences as a forensic anthropologist.
This is the 4th book in the fiction series and you can read each individually, but each story builds on the last and I like all the additional detail I bring to the story since I’ve read them all. BUT do NOT let that stop you from checking out this new book if you haven’t read the others. You can always go back and read them later :)
This book is set in Tennessee and it is centered around an interesting death in Oak Ridge – the home of the atomic bomb. I love novels that share real history and this book includes a lot of history and detail about what happened in this small town in the mountains in the 40s – before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That history is woven into the story very well and we meet Beatrice – who is our narrator about much of the intimate history that took place in her life in Oak Ridge. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
All of the Dr Bass stories include interesting and unusual deaths – but I would expect no less :) This book is no exception. In the beginning of the book, Dr Brockton (the main character based on Dr Bass) is called to a crime scene and the dead body is frozen in the water in a pool. In true Dr Bass fashion – he uses his beloved chain saw to cut the body out of the ice. The body is removed from the pool – but the chainsaw is also lost in the pool. That is only the first mishap. The body is taken back to the morgue and during the autopsy, it is discovered that the body died from the inside out – and a radioactive pellet is discovered inside the body. That all happens in the first 4 chapters.
There are so many details I’d like to share, but I don’t want to give too much away. However I will share some tidbits -
1 – the chain saw isn’t the only thing in the bottom of the pool
2 – the radioactive pellet stirs up a series of complications
3 – there are a second and third dead body as the story progresses
4 – Dr Brockton meets a woman who looks very much like his lady love that was killed in an earlier book
5 – Miranda (Dr B’s able assistant) meets a charming young man – and they bump heads early in on
6 – a roll of film in the freezer holds clues to spies and murder
7 – Beatrice may not be who she appears to be
8 – Dr Brockton’s new lady friend has a detailed history
9 – we even get a tour of the sewer lines in Oak Ridge
Highly recommended for people who like mysteries, murder mysteries, forensic detail, historic locations and events in fiction and anyone who just likes a really good story. Can’t wait for the next book :)