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Body Farm Thriller 1: Carved in Bone - Jefferson Bass

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Jefferson Bass / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2008-04-03 by Quercus

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      12.03.2012 01:35
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      Okay but a little bit average at best.......

      Carved In Bone is the first in a series of forensic thrillers set in and around the infamous Body Farm and written by the Scientist who first founded it along with a writing partner under the joint pen name of Jefferson Bass. This series takes a fictional representation of Dr.William Bass, called Dr.Brockton in these novels, and pits him in a series of criminal investigations that utilise his paticular and unique talents to help identify decomposing remains and track down their killers.

      In this first book, Brockton is called out to remains discovered in a cave. It is the first time that Brockton has had to work with this paticular Sherriff and relations between the two are initially quite hostile, especially when the good Doctor is approached by a local ne'er-do-well who seems to have information about the identity of the victim. Somebody wants desperately to blame this local black sheep for the homicide in question who trusts Brockton will help him uncover the truth. But there are also plenty who would like to see the back of Brockton too, it soon transpires.....

      This is an okay thriller that starts off well but never really gets you excited. It has a relatively strong plot and a good cast of characters but it all just feels a bit run-of-the-mill I'm afraid! If you like good forensic thrillers, I would recommend Simnon Beckett's David Hunter series above this any day and not just because Beckett is British! I honestly think the David Hunter novels are much better written, though there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this debut from Jefferson Bass, its just not paticulary inspiring!

      Those wishing, like me, to discover more about The Body Farm will likewise feel a bit cheated. There are some interesting forensic factoids here but little insight into The Body Farm per se and the complications of Brockton's troubled personal life feel almost unwelcome!

      Overall, this is an okay start to the series but a bit of a let-down if I'm honest. It was one of my first purchases for Kindle but I think if I read subsequent volumes, I will probably get them out of the library. Certainly this is not awful but when you read as much as me, often you just find yourself wanting a little bit more.....

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