Title: The Bone Thief
Author: Jefferson Bass
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Genre: Crime Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Dr. Bill Brockton, founder of The Body Farm and a forensic anthropologist, is doing a favor for a friend when he agrees to examine an exhumed corpse to determine the outcome of a paternity suit. But what he gets when he opens the coffin is shocking, to say the least. The corpse isn’t intact, and investigating it leads Dr. Brockton into the dark world of the black market for body parts.
Jefferson Bass’ The Bone Thief represents a new start for Dr. Bill Brockton, the main character of the series. He’s faced a lot over the course of the previous four novels, and now, in the fifth installment, he’s wrapped up most loose ends. This means that in many ways, this book starts fresh. Yes, it refers to events in previous books, and does spoil the ending of more than one of them, but if you’d like to jump into this series, this is a good book to do it on. For the most part, the action stands alone and it doesn’t depend on the books that came before it.
Dr. Brockton’s character development was a little stiff at the beginning of the series, but he’s come a long way since. If anything, The Bone Thief makes clear that he’s much more than just a vehicle to tell a story. Readers will really feel for Bill as he navigates his way through difficult waters and faces tough moral dilemmas. His integrity really shines through in this book, and it’s wonderful to see how far he’s come.
The discussion of the black market trade of body parts is really fascinating in The Bone Thief. It makes for a very interesting premise while also being educational. Readers will enjoy the delivery of information while reveling in the fast-paced plot. This has really developed into a well-written and gripping series where each installment improves upon the last. They’re fun, informative reads that will have you hooked from beginning to end.
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