Just finished reading THE BONE YARD by Jefferson Bass and I found it fascinating, despite the title.

At a friend’s request, Dr. Bill Brockton is called away from the Body Farm (his human decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee) to help prove that a woman’s suicide was, in fact, murder.  However, Brockton’s quick consulting trip takes a harrowing detour through the Florida panhandle when two adolescent skulls are discovered near the ruins of a once notorious juvenile detention facility, destroyed by fire more than four decades before.

Local stories about the North Florida Boys’ Reformatory are chilling:  nightmarish tales of savage beatings, torture and worse.  Guided by the diary of a former “student”, Brockton’s team soon makes a grisly discovery:  a cluster of shallow graves containing the bones of teenage boys, all of whom suffered violent deaths.  But the search for answers becomes more perilous the closer Brockton comes to the truth, because unexpected skeletons reside in some surprisingly prominent closets…and summoning ghosts from the past can have devastating consequences in the present.

Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson.  Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, founded the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility — the Body Farm— thirty years ago.  He is the author or co-author of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career at the Body Far, Death’s Acre.  Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker.  His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science, and broadcast on National Public Radio.  The co-author of Death’s Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.  Bass lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jefferson lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Available in paperback.  307 pages.  For more check out


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Retired educator interested in living life fully. Will write about aging wisely, good reads, food, travel, dance reviews, and other items as they interest me.
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