CARVED IN BONE by Jefferson Bass (William Morrow, c2006, 0-06-075981-X) is my most recent read and my first finished book of this month.
First things first:
I picked up the hunting knife with my left hand and tested its heft, then shifted it to my right hand to compare.
The main character is Dr. Bill Brockton, a forensic anthropologist, instructor at the University of Tennesee and the keeper of the Body Farm.
The author, Jefferson Bass is actually two people: Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, co-authors of the non-fiction book DEATH'S ACRE: INSIDE THE BODY FARM. While I didn't find the writing challenging, I did find the character's engaging and well developed. By the time I finished the book, I felt like I knew each and every one of them personally which doesn't happen all too often in books. And most of them I liked.
The most intriguing aspect of the book for me was the idea of children's fingerprints. In the book, Arthur Bohanan, a police officer both in the book and real life, is working the disappearance of a missing child. Although they had witnesses to the child being in a car and placing her with the suspect, the find no evidence of her fingerprints in the vehicle. Interestingly, scientific studies have shown that a child who has not yet reached puberty age has water-based fingerprints which will evaporate as compared to someone having reaching the age of puberty with oil-based fingerprints. This is something I hope to learn more about since my SO is in law enforcement, he was unfamiliar with the idea and I think this information will be beneficial if not crucial.
Next up, THE TENTH CIRCLE by Jodi Picoult and ISOLATION WARD by Joshua Spanogle.