Beyond the Body Farm

  • by Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
  • Narrated by Tom McKeon
  • 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Dr. Bill Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition. Bill Bass' research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time since death. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using cases from his career to take readers into the real world of "CSI". Some of Bill Bass' cases rely on the simplest of tools and techniques, while other cases hinge on sophisticated techniques Dr. Bass could not have imagined when he began his career: using computer data and video image processing to help identify murder victims; harnessing scanning electron microscopy to detect trace elements in knife wounds; and extracting DNA from a long-buried corpse, only to find that the female murder victim may have been mistakenly identified a quarter-century before.
Witty and engaging, Bass dissects the methods used by homicide investigators every day, leading liseners on an extraordinary journey into the high-tech science that it takes to crack a case.


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Liked it

I am a huge fan of Bill Bass and after reading his first book (The body farm) years ago; I was pleased to find a second.
It is actual/factual yet not text bookish. A good read for forensic fans.
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- Joanne

Interesting Listen

If you like Patricia Corwell novels but want the reaaallll story behind all of the forensic information - here you go. I found it very interesting and even bought one of this author's fiction books to see how he does in that area.
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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio