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 acquire a bone pattern for a DNA paternity attempt. 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 elements, as Brockton is recruited for an FBI sting to carry 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 that 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 compelled to chance his ideas, his freedom . . . or even his life.

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