Patricia Cornwell wrote a book called The Body Farm, this book is about the REAL body farm where forensic research is done. Dr. Bass has spent many years researching bones and the effects of the elements on dead bodies. His expertise has helped convict murderers, identified loved ones and solved mysteries.
He recounts not only what goes on at the Farm but also many of the cases he has been on. He gives credit where credit is due, citing work done by other scientists and his students. His specialty is bones, he has also worked with teeth and his students have studied bugs, tool marks on bones and many things to help solve the cases that come their way.
This book did not delve deeply into his personal life, he does make brief mention, such as, “I didn’t go on this case because my wife at the time was battling cancer ….” and “I have to give credit to my third wife …. because she made me do ….”. I think his other book Death’s Acre is more of a memoir than this, he refers to it and now it is on my To Be Read list.
Dr. Bass writes in a very informal manner, he explains things so the layperson can understand. It could be he learned this from his years testifying and having to make juries understand. He doesn’t go beyond his knowledge or experience, he admits when he doesn’t understand some aspect of forensic science. The result is an informative enjoyable book that I recommend.