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Without Mercy
Body Farm #12
Jefferson Bass

William Morrow
May 30, 2017 / ISBN 9780062363213
Mystery: Forensic

Reviewed by Jen Oliver

Without Mercy continues the story of forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton. He is asked to help investigate a case where skeletal remains are found tied to a tree. He and his long time graduate assistant, Miranda, find themselves knee-deep in a violent hatred. Meanwhile, the serial killer that Brockton put away, Nick Satterfield, escapes from prison and is set to find and destroy Brockton’s life.
Brockton is a strong character and the team of Jefferson Bass has continued to show Brockton’s knowledge along with his vulnerabilities in another strong mystery. The setting of Brockton’s lab shows Miranda’s growth in the field and where Brockton feels most comfortable. The impact of Satterfield in Brockton’s life is shown when Satterfield escapes from prison and goes after his loved ones. The plot of the murdered skeleton is well developed and has enough plot twists to make readers think one thing and be forced to think something else.

Without Mercy holds true to the Body Farm series of books and makes a great addition, if not ending, to the series. The acknowledgements hint that this might be the last book. If this is truly the end, the team of Jefferson Bass has gone out on a high level of storytelling.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Carved in Bone #1 [review 1] [review 2]
Flesh and Bone #2
The Devil's Bones #3
Bones of Betrayal #4
The Bone Thief # 5 [review 1] [review 2]
The Bone Yard #6 [review 1] [review 2]
The Breaking Point #9

Without Mercy #12

Reviewed 2017