The Breaking Point by Jefferson Bass

The Breaking Point, by Jefferson Bass is one of those books you eagerly devour because you want to know how it ends; however, you don’t want to finish it because there isn’t another Jefferson Bass book to read until the next one is published.

If you aren’t familiar with the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass, please add them to your reading list. Dr. Bass is a world-renowned forensic anthropologist. He created the Anthropology Research Facility at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. It is popularly called the Body Farm. Dr. Bass teamed up with writer Jon Jefferson to write a Body Farm series of novels. The novels explore the many ways in which a forensic anthropologist can find evidence in a dead body that will help solve the mystery of how that person died or who that person was. It sounds gruesome, but it really is not. The books touch on the details of such work, but only enough to educate the reader and give the books credence.

Although each book in the Body Farm Novel series can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend that you read the series in chronological order. Particularly, one should read Cut to the Bone (released in 2013) before reading The Breaking Point. There is a spoiler in The Breaking Point that will take some of the edge off the suspense in Cut to the Bone, if you haven’t read it.

Typical of the Jefferson Bass Body Farm novels, The Breaking Point takes the reader down a path with countless twists and turns. I believe it is my favorite book in the series because it puts Dr. Bill Brockton (the series protagonist whose life and work are based on that of Dr. Bill Bass) in several simultaneous predicaments from which the reader wonders if he can extricate himself. I won’t state here whether or not Dr. Brockton survives The Breaking Point. All the loose ends are tied up in the end yet, as in any good series, the door is left open for a new adventure.

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