The Bone Yard

The Bone Yard

Book - 2012
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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. But 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 ago.

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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2012], c2011.
ISBN: 9780061807046
Characteristics: 308 p. : ill. --


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Dec 09, 2019

There is a historical basis for The Bone Yard's plotline, which was inspired by events and stories from an actual north Florida reform school. That made this is an exceptionally heartwrenching and difficult book to read.

IndyPL_RobinK Jul 28, 2019

This one continues to intrigue in the series as Dr. Brockton investigates and former boys reformatory where bones are uncovered, bringing another true story to light in this fictional tale.

Mar 22, 2016

Dr. Bill Brockton, head of U of Tennessee Anthropology Dept., continues to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides.

With 2 storylines, helping one of his students prove her sister's suicide was actually a homicide, and locating a hidden graveyard in a long defunct boys reformatory to prove murder, this is an often pedantic narrative.

While interesting, it was not compelling and I probably won't go on to read any of the 6 or so other books in the series.

Aug 13, 2015

New author to me. I liked the first book! I will take catfish1's advice and try more.

taylorswiftlover Jul 10, 2012

Love these type of book . always keeps you on your toes! yes , there are parts that are gruesome but that just add to the ambiance to the book

Dec 08, 2011

This book sounds awesome but I don't read that often.

Jul 17, 2011

This series just gets better. Great characters, sombre plot based on actual events, and the familiar forensic details. Thoroughly recommended.

NZaleske Jun 01, 2011

Very good read. A bit gruesome, but he's a bone doc!

ronsmedley May 08, 2011

Entertaining read all right.
I read most of the Body Farm series. Stuff about the human body that I never ever thought about before nor ever read about before either.

rdrlady Apr 26, 2011

Makes one want to check up on how own state handles juvenile offenders.


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Mar 22, 2016

Love can make you smaller, or it can make you bigger. Just depends on what you do after it.

Mar 22, 2016

The students had competed fiercely to get into the NFA course, and several had told me how thrilled they were to train at the Body Farm - probably the only place on earth, after all, where cinching a noose around a neck was an act of scientific inquiry rather than of suicidal despair or racist hatred or - very rarely - state-administered execution.

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