The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel

By Jefferson Bass

It turns out a regimen case for Dr. invoice Brockton, the exhumation of a physique to procure a bone pattern for a DNA paternity try out. yet a surprising discovery awaits Brockton and his colleagues while the coffin is opened: the corpse inside of has been horribly violated. The grisly locate embroils the physique Farm's founder in a deadly research right into a flourishing black industry in physique components, as Brockton is recruited for an FBI sting to convey down a postmortem chop shop—using corpses from the physique Farm as bait.

But as he descends deeper right into a ghoulish empire at the path of a ruthless grave robber, Brockton faces a devastating selection which can compromise the research and position him in even graver peril. And for the sake of a broken friend—a medical expert who has misplaced his hands—Brockton will be pressured to danger his ideas, his freedom . . . or even his life.

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Why could we party for a drink? ” “Well, I don’t, yet i do know you do at times. i assumed perhaps you should meet someplace in Farragut in your method domestic and simply capture up a section. ” “I’ll be operating until nighttime, Dad. I simply referred to as Jenny to inform her that I couldn’t meet her and the men for pizza. I don’t also have time to respire, less to hang around, till April 16th. ” “Oh. Sorry. after all no longer. I didn’t suggest to impose. ” They have been a similar phrases Eddie Garcia had stated to me whilst I hesitated to accomplish the post-mortem for him. Had he felt as stung by means of my response as I now felt by means of Jeff’s? a protracted silence hung within the air. ultimately he stated, “Dad, is whatever mistaken? Are you in hassle back? ” The “again” made me wince. I’d grew to become to Jeff for aid while i used to be wrongly accused of murdering Jess Carter. He’d stood by means of me unquestioningly then, and he’d by no means made me believe love it were a burden. however the undeniable fact that he’d acknowledged “again” simply now embarrassed me; I felt like a child who’s gotten into difficulty in class one too repeatedly. “No, I’m now not in trouble,” I stated. “I’m no longer. ” “Are you in poor health? My God, Dad, are you ill? ” “No, no, not anything like that. I’m high quality. good, now not ‘fine,’ precisely, yet now not in poor health. ” “What’s in your brain? Is anything troubling you? ” “I…” I felt my throat tightening. “It’s simply that there’s whatever vital i must consult you approximately, Jeff. Face-to-face. ” there has been a pause. “Okay, Dad. certain. inform you what. There’s a Panera Bread beautiful just about my workplace, out in Turkey Creek. have you learnt it? ” “Is that the single that’s contained in the vast objective shop? ” “No, that’s Starbucks. Panera is throughout from the motion picture theaters. Kinda close to Borders Books. ” “Oh, I remember,” I acknowledged, even though I didn’t, actually—Turkey Creek was once an enormous, sprawling retail improvement, thousands of shops and eating places strung out alongside a two-mile, traffic-snarled street. I shunned it each time attainable, which, fortunately, used to be nearly regularly. I figured i'll name Panera on my mobile phone for instructions if I had difficulty recognizing them amid the thicket of outlets and symptoms. “I forgot to convey something to eat,” Jeff was once asserting, “and they’ve acquired respectable soups and sandwiches. How approximately I meet you there in an hour? good, let’s say fifty mins; that will be seven-thirty. The dinner crowd can have slacked off by means of then. ” 40 mins and cell-phone calls later, i realized the striped awnings of Panera and pulled into one in all Turkey Creek’s gargantuan parking plenty. Turkey Creek my foot, i presumed. they need to name this position Asphalt Acres. Then, Yeah, they usually should still name you Grumpy outdated guy. I sat within the truck with the radio on—Sirius had a channel with Nineteen Forties big-band tune I’d gotten addicted to lately—and watched for Jeff. Twenty mins glided by, and that i was once with reference to to name and money on him while his hybrid SUV whipped into the car parking zone and lurched to a cease. Jeff jumped out, conversing quickly on his telephone, and ended the decision as we converged on the door. “Sorry I’m late,” he stated. “One of my consumers is a medical professional, and, being a medical professional, he assumes he’s my most vital patron.

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