Bill Brockton, Ph.D., the protagonist of this novel, is a tortured soul—but he's not that interesting. However, his field is. Want to find hitherto lost or hidden dead bodies? Want to know when and how they met their maker? Then you need a forensic anthropologist, not just the police. And that science has blossomed, thanks especially to the work of Dr. Bill Bass, whose research facility at the University of Tennessee, affectionately called the Body Farm, has studied body decomposition for 30 years.