"Anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton founded Tennessee's world-famous Body Farm—a small piece of land where corpses are left to decay in order to gain important forensic information. Now, in the wake of a shocking crime in nearby Chattanooga, he's called upon by Jess Carter — the rising star of the state's medical examiners — to help her unravel a murderous puzzle. But after re-creating the death scene at the Body Farm, Brockton discovers his career, reputation, and life are in dire jeopardy when a second, unexplained corpse appears in the grisly setting.
Accused of a horrific crime — transformed overnight from a respected professor to a hated and feared pariah — Bill Brockton will need every ounce of his formidable forensic skills to escape the ingeniously woven net that's tightening around him... and to prove the seemingly impossible: his own innocence."
What I love about this series:
The effortless authenticity of it...in the forensic science, the crime scenes, the characters and the murder investigations. All the little details really. And it's because one of the co-authors, Dr. Bill Bass, is a world-renowned forensic anthropologist who founded the Body Farm in Tennessee, and who really knows his stuff. And that comes through in these books...but in a way that's easy, effortless, incredibly interesting, not too gory, and very compelling.
I read Carved in Bone, the first book in this series, a year and a half ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I honestly don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading this next book, but Flesh and Bone is a terrific read, too. Dr. Bill Brockton is an easy character to like--smart, funny, a bit sarcastic, and so human. I like his friends, and the other secondary characters, too. And even though there's a lot of forensic science in these books, the story (and the suspense) never bogs down. At least it didn't for me. I definitely won't be waiting another year and a half to read the next book in this entertaining mystery series.