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Breaking Point
by Jefferson Bass
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William Morrow, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass form the writing team of Jefferson Bass. Dr. Bass is a world-renowned forensic anthropologist and the creator of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility, also known as the Body Farm.

Jon Jefferson is a journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker who has written and produced two National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm which is a plot of land where donated bodies are left to the elements, in order to learn more about decomposition, which in turn can help police the world over solve murders.

On to Jefferson Bass's fictional character. In this ninth in the series, forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton is called by the FBI to assist in identifying a body that was in a plane that crashed into a mountain. It is believed to be a 'maverick millionaire' whose charred remains are all that is left after the fiery crash. No clues are found until Brockton spies a single tooth in the wreckage. He is able to identify the man as more teeth are gathered.

His identification is questioned which sets him on a course to prove that he is right. Thinking that this famous anthropologist has made a mistake, the media arrives in swarms to discredit the very man who has been so helpful in the past! On top of this turmoil, Brockton receives a threatening message from the serial killer who severed his wife's little finger ten years before. Another shock hits him while he is at the most disturbing point in his life. This is beyond what he could have ever conceived of happening.

The Breaking Point is the ninth novel written by the two men. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. This one is no exception. Their plots run over with information about crime that I've never read before. And that information is woven in skillfully. Each book I read, I was sure I knew who had done what. Guess how many times I was right? None! I was always certain I could see where the plot was going. But wrong, again and again. The Breaking Point is well worth a read.

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