By Jefferson Bass

Anthropologist Dr. invoice Brockton based Tennessee's world-famous physique Farm—a small piece of land the place corpses are left to decay to be able to achieve very important forensic details. Now, within the wake of a stunning crime in close by Chattanooga, he is known as upon via Jess Carter—the emerging big name of the state's clinical examiners—to aid her get to the bottom of a murderous puzzle. yet afterre-creating the loss of life scene on the physique Farm, Brockton discovers his profession, popularity, and lifestyles are in dire jeopardy whilst a moment, unexplained corpse seems to be within the grisly setting.

Accused of a terrible crime—transformed in a single day from a revered professor to a hated and feared pariah—Bill Brockton will want each ounce of his bold forensic talents to flee the ingeniously woven web that is tightening round him . . . and to turn out the doubtless very unlikely: his personal innocence.

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