Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jefferson Bass does it again! This is a fascinating read. When I began reading this novel, I didn't realize that this was the prequel to his "body farm" series. I thought the timing was off, or perhaps I had read the books out of order, but I continued to read and finished the book. I didn't realize it was the prequel until I was ready to write my review. Makes sense now!
Dr. Bill Brockton is the head of the anthropology department at the University of Tennessee. He starts an experiment at the university where he studies dead bodies (sounds gross, but it isn't, really). One of his goals is to determine "time since death" by studying the evidence of decay and infestation. Another is to discover clues to the cause and manner of death. The purpose is to help the police solve crimes, thus, forensic anthropology is born.
This book finds Dr. Brockton helping the police with several murders. He then realizes that some of the cases are eerily familiar, like cases he has helped to solve in the past. There is a serial killer with a grudge out to get Dr. B.
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