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    Description There is no scientist in the world like Dr. Bill Bass. A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition--three acres of land on a hillside in Tennessee where human bodies are left to the elements. His research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time of death. But during a forensics career that spans half a century, Bass and his work have ranged far beyond the gates of the Body Farm. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using fascinating cases from his career to take readers into the real world of C.S.I. Some of Bill Bass's cases rely on the simplest of tools and techniques, such as reassembling--from battered torsos and a stack of severed limbs--eleven people hurled skyward by an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory. Other cases hinge on sophisticated techniques Bass could not have imagined when he began his career: 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. In "Beyond the Body Farm," readers will follow Bass as he explores the depths of an East Tennessee lake with a twenty-first-century sonar system, in a quest for an airplane that disappeared with two people on board thirty-five years ago; see Bass exhume fifties pop star "the Big Bopper" to determine what injuries he suffered in the plane crash that killed three rock and roll legends on "the day the music died"; and join Bass as he works to decipher an ancient Persian death scene nearly three thousand years old. Witty and engaging, Bass dissects the methods used by homicide investigators every day, leading readers on an extraordinary journey into the high-tech science that it takes to crack a case.

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    Beyond the Body Farm
    A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dr Bill Bass, By (author) Jon Jefferson, By (author) William M Bass
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 282
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780060875299
    ISBN 10: 0060875291

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: LNF
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: NC
    Libri: I-NC
    B&T General Subject: 510
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17780
    B&T Approval Code: C39205040, C39300000
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000, LAW041000, MED030000
    BIC subject category V2: JKVF1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A60920000
    DC22: 614.17092
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 614.17092
    DC22: 614/.17
    LC classification: GN69.8 .B35 2007
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    BISAC V2.8: TRU002000
    William Morrow & Company
    Imprint name
    William Morrow & Company
    Publication date
    04 September 2007
    Review quote
    "scientifically authoritative, as well as accessible to mainstream crime buffs...Some cases are heartbreaking; at least one is downright weird."--BookPage