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Beyond the body farm : a legendary bone detective explores murders, mysteries, a
Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson
Adult Nonfiction GN69.8 .B36 2007

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Forensic anthropologist Bass nicely complements his memoir, Death's Acre, with this unnervingly cheerful collection (ably co-written by science journalist Jefferson) of case studies and anecdotes from the field of corpse identification. With careful attention to detail and the occasional darkly humorous aside, the authors describe charred maggot cocoons; the grotesquely dismembered victims of a fireworks factory explosion; and the forensic uses of sonar, scanning electron microscopes and computer databases. Disparaging "the CSI effect" on jurors who expect DNA testing to be quick and exact,Bass extols the virtues of old-fashioned legwork and gut reactions, though he's always quick to admit when his methods and intuition fall short. The authors keep the narrative flow moving nicely, and Bass's voice is practical, passionate and eminently Southern-and his decades of teaching experience at the University of Tennessee come through strongly in such helpful suggestions as "If you decide to murder somebody, don't think that you can completely cover your tracks with fire." Strong-stomached readers who like to get dirt under their nails will gladly follow the UT forensic anthropology team up mountains and into rivers as they put names and faces to long-decayed bodies. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Sept. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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