Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt–and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.
This was my first foray into the genre of forensic science and I have to admit that I was quite pleased with my choice.
Jefferson Bass used a first person narrative to drive this story forward with a nice spattering of humor delivered by some very real and believable characters.
The science in this book was delivered in such a manner as to make the book interesting without the need for a secret decoder ring. I now know more about human skeletons and the decomposition of bodies than I ever thought possible.
I will definitely be making my way through the rest of this series and would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting book from the genre of Forensic Science.