Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
A decomposing body is uncovered in a shallow grave off a lonely beach...
The skeleton is articulated, the bone fresh and the vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue its a recent burial, and a case Tempe must take.
Dental remains and skeletal gender and race indicators suggest that the deceased is a middle-aged white male but who was he? Why was he buried in a clandestine grave? And what does the unusual fracture of the sixth cervical vertebra signify?
But just as Brennan is trying to piece together the evidence, another body is discovered and before long Tempe finds herself drawn deeper into a shocking and chilling investigation, set to challenge her entire view of humanity...