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Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, founded the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility -- the Body Farm -- a quarter-century ago. He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career, Death's Acre. Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in theNew York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science and broadcast on National Public Radio. The coauthor of Death's Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.
Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protÉgÉ, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical—after all, fake relics abounded during the Middle Ages—but evidence for authenticity looks strong initially, and soon grows stronger.
Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the haunting image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ, and then a laboratory test finds the bones to be two thousand years old. The finding triggers a deadly tug-of-war between the anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming—and trigger the end of time.
Set against an international landscape, and weaving a rich tapestry of religion, history, art, and science, The Inquisitor's Key takes Jefferson Bass to an exciting new level of suspense.
The Inquisitor’s Key by the team of Jefferson Bass (Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass) continues the story’s main character, renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton. This is the seventh novel in the Body Farm series, which Dr. Brockton’s forensic work this time around is more eminence to religious and art history. His assistant, Miranda Lovejoy, is in Avignon, France performing an excavation at a medieval fortress that once was the residence to the French Pope. Miranda and her associate, Stefan Beauvoir, may have just unearthed the greatest archaeological discovery in history. With bones anticipating Dr. Brockton’s knowledge in Avignon, France, he is once again at the heart of a mystery after learning that the bones may be that of Jesus Christ.
The mystery that surrounds the bones will keep readers interested in the story. A storm of questions will brew and will continue to do so until the very last page. Readers will also get a history lesson about the Inquisition and the demolition of the Knight’s Templar’s in the 14th century. Jefferson Bass confers on the history of art and religion, the geography and architecture of modern-day Europe, and the science of forensic anthropology.
The writing style of Jefferson Bass is incredible and the details brought upon this book are unparalleled compared to others. With an author who founded The Body Farm at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, readers get a firsthand look at the interesting works of forensic anthropologists. This novel was definitely cooked from intelligence, experience, and history. A combination that is not easy to put together in a book. Longtime readers and newcomers to the series will find The Inquisitor’s Key to be a thrilling entry into an already concrete series. The book’s new direction towards religion and art history is also a great way for newcomers to taste the adventures of Dr. Bill Brockton without having to dive into the previous ones.
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