Title: Bones of Betrayal
Author: Jefferson Bass
Release Date: December 29, 2009
Genre: Crime Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
When Dr. Bill Brockton, the creator of the Body Farm, is called to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he isn’t sure what to expect. What he finds is a body frozen in a swimming pool, and it turns out the corpse is related to the town’s colorful past. Oak Ridge was one of the key locations supporting the Manhattan Project during World War II, and it looks like that history is coming back to haunt them.
Bones of Betrayal is the fourth installment in the Body Farm series, and once again, Bass proves that his imagination is going strong. It’s great to read a series where every installment feels fresh. Characters and the premise remain constant, but the situations differ from book to book. Some focus on multiple, smaller storylines, characteristic of what Dr. Brockton might deal with on a day to day basis, while others, like this one, have a larger, overarching storyline that makes up the bulk of the novel.
This novel provides a twist on the traditional crime fiction storyline by taking the reader back to the days of World War II. Oak Ridge was a center for Manhattan Project research and Bass uses that history to flesh out the backstory of Bones of Betrayal. It was incredibly interesting to have the chance to learn something new about our country’s history of which I was painfully unaware while also being thoroughly entertained by the storyline. I appreciated this added depth that Bass gave the novel through this history.
The mystery in Bones of Betrayal is engaging, but admittedly the identity of the murderer is predictable. The story is more about the history than anything else. These novels are reliably easy reads; I know I’ll be entertained when picking one up, and don’t have to invest too much in them. They’re perfect for a plane ride, or after a long day at work; I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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