Reading the Jefferson Bass books in order means only one thing: reading the author duo’s Body Farm forensic thriller series.
Jefferson Bass (website) is a writing team consisting of dr. Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist who founded the Body Farm anthropology research facility, and Jon Jefferson, a writer, journalist and TV documentary filmmaker. The duo has written so far 8 crime fiction novels in the Body Farm series, along with 2 non-fiction books about dr. Bass and his several forensic cases.
Bill Bass (born William Marvin Bass III) was born in 1928. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia after which he received his master’s degree at the University of Kentucky. In 1961 he received his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He started his career as an archaeologist working at Native American grave sites. He taught at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and he founded the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility where he still works even though he is officially retired.
Dr. Bass has written and co-authored over 200 scientific publications along with a memoir about his career called Death’s Acre. He is a teacher, awarded National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Jon Jefferson is a well-known journalist whose works have been published in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek and Popular Science. He was also broadcast on National Public Radio. Related to the Body Farm he has written and produced two National Geographic documentaries.
Born in 1955 in St. Joseph, Missouri, he spent most of his early ears in Guntersville, Alabama. He majored in Birmingham-Southern College in English, where he went after winning a scholarship.
After graduation, he had several jobs, including staff science writer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, teacher, and administrator at Planned Parenthood of East Tennessee, a journalist, and TV documentary writer and producer. His filming the two-part documentary on National Geographic led him to meet dr. Bass, which started their collaboration together, with the first book Death’s Acre.
After publishing Death’s Acre, the author duo’s first book, which is also a non-fiction story, the authors have written and gotten published several extremely popular series which would be called under the title The Body Farm. The series made both authors popular not only within their own fields but also within the crime, mystery and thriller genres of books.
The authors have published so far almost one book a year, and each book has been applauded by both readers and critics alike. The books have a very realistic feel to them and they helped greatly average readers get more familiar with the unique field of forensic anthropology over the years. Some people actually voiced their opinions that the forensic science depicted in the Body Farm series was more interesting than the stories themselves.
Doctor Bill Brockton, a renowned anthropologist who dedicated his life studying the dead at the Body Farm, was first introduced in Carved in Bone. The book was written in 2006 and it first started the main character’s work with the police in solving often heinous crimes.
On this page, I have listed all the Jefferson Bass books in order for the Body Farm series and the non-fiction works around the body farm facility. The books are listed in publication order, with the reading order in brackets.
The Body Farm Series In Order
Currently, there are 10 main Body Farm novels and 2 novellas. The latest book is titled Without Mercy. If you want to read the Jefferson Bass books in the right chronological order, as opposed to the publication order, you should start with Cut To The Bone, as it takes place in the early 1990s, before the happenings in Carved in Bone.
1. Carved In Bone (Body Farm #1), 2006
2. Flesh and Bone (Body Farm #2), 2007
3. The Devil’s Bones (Body Farm #3), 2008
4. Bones of Betrayal (Body Farm #4), 2009
5. The Bone Thief (Body Farm #5), 2010
6. The Bone Yard (Body Farm #6), 2011
7. Madonna and Corpse (Body Farm #6.5), 2012
8. The Inquisitor’s Key (Body Farm #7), 2012
9. Jordan’s Stormy Banks (Body Farm #7.5), 2013
10. Cut to the Bone (Body Farm #8), 2014 – first book in chronological order
11. The Breaking Point (Body Farm #9), 2015
12. Without Mercy (Body Farm #10), 2016
Non-Fiction Books About The Body Farm
At the moment there are two Body Farm non-fiction books published by Jefferson Bass duo.
Death’s Acre, 2004
Beyond the Body Farm, 2007