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Carved in Bone
by Jefferson Bass Details
The "Body Farm" at the University of Tennessee is a place where human corpses are left to the elements, and every manner of decay is fully explored -- for the sake of science and the cause of justice. The scientist who created the Body Farm has broken cold cases and revolutionized forensics, and now he spins an astonishing tale inspired by his own experiences. A woman's corpse lies hidden in a cave in the mountains of East Tennessee. Undiscovered for thirty years, her body has been transformed by the cave's chemistry into a near-perfect mummy -- one that discloses an explosive secret to renowned anthropologist Bill Brockton.
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Body Farm Novel
Deja Dead
by Kathy Reichs Details
Internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina to explore beautiful Quebec, Canada. Instead she found herself involved in a series of murders, and establishes an office in Montreal while she commutes back and forth to North Carolina.
Probable Cause
by Ridley Pearson Details
For James Dewitt, it has been five months since he killed a man, his wife was killed, and his daughter disabled for life. Having given up his job as a forensic investigator, he now works as a detective in the town of Carmel. Suddenly Carmel is hit with a series of apparent suicides, and as Dewitt investigates, he finds himself being dogged by the cop whom he blames for his wife's death.
by Patricia Cornwell Details
Leaving behind her Charleston forensic pathology practice to accept an assignment in New York City, Kay Scarpetta learns the story of an injured psychiatric patient who claims he was attacked by a stalker who was killing someone else at the time.
The Anatomy of Deception
by Lawrence Goldstone Details
A mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a young doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer.
The Bone Collector
by Jeffery Deaver Details
Retired forensic scientist and criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is enlisted to track down a serial murderer stalking victims in New York City. Injured on the job and now a quadriplegic, Rhyme can move one finger, which enables him to use his computer. Assisted by policewoman Amelia Sachs, Rhyme races against time to find the killer. Includes a glossary of forensic terms.
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Lincoln Rhyme
The Broken Circle
by Shirley Wells Details
Forensic psychologist Jill Kennedy and DCI Max Trentham investigate a crime in the quiet Lancashire village where Kennedy has made her home. A man with a dark past has been murdered after moving there from London. While local residents are always wary of newcomers, one in particular seems especially determined to hinder the investigation.
The Silence of the Lambs
by Thomas Harris Details
Clarice Starling, a young FBI agent, tracks down a serial killer, known as Buffalo Bill, who preys exclusively on overweight women. He flays the victims' bodies and deposits the remains in rivers. The only clues are provided by another sociopathic killer, psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter, who practices cannibalism.
by Robin Cook Details
Forensic pathologists Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery both have puzzling cases in New York City, but do not realize their investigations are connected and have wider implications. Meanwhile taxi driver Yuri Davydov, a Russian immigrant disillusioned with the American dream, experiments with his biotechnical knowledge to plot revenge.
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Updated 12/28/2012
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