The e-novella Jordan’s Stormy Banks and the book Cut to the Bone are both prequels to the other Body Farm novels by Jefferson Bass, the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. The novella is set in 1990 while the novel is set in 1992. In the fictional stories, Dr. Bill Brockton is seeing a need to study human decay and then goes about starting the Body Farm. In real life, Dr. Bill Bass did those things in 1971 and 1981.
Jon Jefferson said he had to alter the timeline because the fictional Brockton is younger than the real Bass. Otherwise Brockton would be founding the Body Farm as a teenager. In my radio interview with the authors, I joked that Brockton could have been like Doogie Howser.
The e-novella was released earlier this month. Cut to the Bone will be released on Tuesday. The publisher has made a preview of the first three chapters available online.
Jon and Dr. Bass have several book-signing events in the region during the coming week. Once again, I was fortunate enough to be the first stop on the Jefferson Bass publicity tour. On September 10, we recorded an interview which airs this morning on the Journal Broadcast Group’s Knoxville stations. You can hear a podcast of the show via the link below.
In the interview, we talk about the similarities between the Thomas “Zoo Man” Huskey case and the fictional crimes in the books. Some of the crime scenes and evidence recovery methods are the same. I ask Jon about one of the more shocking crime descriptions and about his plans to continue the story arc in another book. As time was running out, I gave a quick synopsis of the way a crushed hyoid bone can prove strangulation. Both Jefferson and Bass acknowledged that I’ve obviously learned a lot from reading their books.