Dr Bill Brockton, the head scientist at the Body Farm in Tennessee, gets called out to Cook County for a grisly discovery. Brought into a cave by the Cook County sheriff and deputy, Brockton finds a body that has basically turned to wax. He brings it back to his lab and determines cause of death and that this murder happened 30 years ago.
When Brockton tries to investigate the murder, he is having troubles determining who to trust. Everyone seems to want to throw his investigation off, including the sheriff. As most mysteries, there are a couple more deaths during the investigation and quite a dramatic conclusion.
I really like books by Jefferson Bass because the characters are so human and likable, and because they explain complex topics so that anyone can understand. The mystery is suspenseful, but I can always guess who did it before it's actually revealed.
One thing I don't really understand however, is why Brockton investigates the crime itself. As the person who looks at the bones to determine what happened to the person, do these people really start to investigate the crime by interviewing others and going back to the crime scene? It seems like that should be left to the police.