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A Body Farm Novel By Jefferson Bass

Harper, December 29, 2009 ($$7.99)
ISBN-10: 0061284750
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-128475-5

Reviewed by Susan Johnson

Fans of forensic fiction may now add a new gem to their collections. Jefferson Bass is actually a combination of two authors, Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist and the original founder of the Body Farm in Tennessee and Jon Jefferson a well published author.

In BONES OF BETRAYAL, their fourth book, they explore the world of World War II and the building of the first atomic Bomb.

When Dr. Bill Brockton is called to the scene of a mysterious death in Oak Ridge, Tennessee he has no idea of how deeply in the past this investigation will take him.

The victim, Dr Leonard Novak, is found in a frozen swimming pool and is assumed an accidental drowning. But it is soon discovered that he died a horrible and painful death from ingesting a highly radioactive pellet and that he was a key player in the Manhattan project in the early days of World War II.

As Dr. Brockton begins to investigate he visits with the widow of Dr. Novak. She appears both informative at times and then bordering on the edge of insanity or age related dementia at others. He soon realizes that the murder may not be a present day thing but an attempt to hide crimes better left in the past.

Bass very nicely covers the Tennessee area and lays a good background for the story of the Oak Ridge facility and the way things were during that time in history.

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