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"Death's Acre" recounts the career of a real-life forensic hero, Dr. Bill Bass, creator of the famous "Body Farm" at the University of Tennessee--the world's only research facility devoted to studying postmortem human decomposition. The research data gathered at the Body Farm has helped
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Bass and police solve many gruesome murders and put away some particularly brutal killers. The book is structured largely around these cases, which give it a gritty true-crime feel, but it also delves into Dr. Bass's own life, loves, and losses as well, giving a picture of a man who's a visionary scientist, brilliant sleuth, eloquent advocate for murder victims, and surprisingingly funny human being.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   lawmen Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Prairie?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   in awe    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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