“Jefferson Bass” = Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson. The story is the sixth volume in the American body farm series. I have not read any of the earlier books, but I received this book for free during CrimeFest (probably one of those we won in the pub quiz).
Dr Bill Brockton, forensic anthropologist, meets forensic analyst Angie St Clare when she participates in a course at the Body Farm in Tennessee. She runs off home after a phone call, and the following day she asks him for help. Her sister is dead, presumably suicide, but Angie is certain her husband killed her.
Dr Brockton wants to get away from the quiet season in Tennessee so he obliges her and goes to Florida. Here he is also involved in a case involving the skull of an unidentified child. More skulls are found in Apalachee County, and a horrible case about children who have been abused unfolds.
A good and interesting novel, and despite the theme and the writers´ knowledge about forensics, it is never too graphic for my taste. It is clear that the forensic elements and the theme of the young victims are in focus, however, meaning that they resort to a few coincidences to clear up the main case.