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By Jefferson Bass

Jefferson Bass’s Cut to the Bone, the long-awaited prequel to his ny Times bestselling secret sequence, turns the clock again to bare the physique Farm's creation—and Dr. invoice Brockton's deadly duel with a serial killer.

In the summer time of 1992, Arkansas Governor invoice Clinton and Tennessee Senator Albert Gore commence their long-shot crusade to win the White condominium. within the sweltering hills of Knoxville on the collage of Tennessee, Dr. invoice Brockton, the brilliant, formidable younger head of the Anthropology division, launches an unusual—some may name it macabre—research facility, not like the other in existence.

Brockton is set to revolutionize the examine of forensics to assist legislations enforcement greater remedy crime. yet his plans are derailed by way of a chilling murder that leaves the scientist reeling from a feeling of déjà vu. by means of one other. after which another: bodies that undergo eerie resemblances to instances from Brockton’s past.

But because the physique count number rises, the sufferers’ deadly accidents develop an increasing number of distinctive—a spiral of demise that holds darkish implications for Brockton...and everybody he holds dear.

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He seemed over his shoulder on the questioner, a middle-aged lady in an orange domestic Depot apron. Stoop-shouldered and beaten-down taking a look, she fell someplace at the spectrum among mousy and hard-bitten. She in actual fact had by no means been lovely, and now her face was once drooping and folding in on itself, as though she have been already wasting the teeth. He stuck a whiff of stale cigarette smoke coming from her, which defined her leathery dermis and ashen hue. Satterfield chanced on her now not in basic terms unappealing yet actively repellent, no longer that he was once buying something yet a device right here in any case. “No thank you. simply taking a look. ” He became again towards the reveal, folding the cartoon and exchanging it in his pocket, then drifted again towards the axes. “Gotcha a few bushes desire cuttin’? ” she endured. Christ, he suggestion, is she engaged on fee? attempting for worker of the Month? “We obtained chain saws, too, subsequent aisle over. ” “No trees,” he stated flatly. He glanced over his shoulder again—she was once nonetheless there—and then he slowly became to stand her. “No trees,” he repeated, cocking his head a bit of, as though whatever concerning the notice itself unexpectedly struck him. With a mild smile he extra, “Just . . . limbs. ” “Oh, you’re prunin’. How thick are the limbs? ” “Not very,” he stated. His eyes drifted from her face to her shoulder after which down her arm, and he reached out and took carry of her left wrist, encircling it thoroughly together with his thumb and center finger. Startled, she yanked her arm, yet he had a company grip. She opened her mouth to protest—maybe even to yell—but he bore down demanding, urgent his thumb into the bony part of her wrist, and all she may possibly do used to be gasp now, her eyes darting in panic, the way in which the rabbit’s had. “Not thick at all,” he acknowledged, smiling, elevating her arm for a better glance. “Probably approximately like this. possibly now not particularly so thin. ” He grew to become her forearm this manner and that, reading it from a variety of angles, nonetheless bearing down at the bone. eventually he permit off, even though her wrist remained firmly in his grip. “What do you suggest? ” She cleared her throat. “Well, if you’re simply slicing branches,” she acknowledged, her voice strained and trembling, “a lopper may be what you will want. ” She pointed her unfastened hand towards the wall on the finish of the aisle. Satterfield spotted that the hand used to be quaking; he cherished that. He raised his eyes to check her face—her eyes downcast, her posture cringing, like a chained puppy approximately to be beaten—and then he glanced within the path she used to be pointing. whilst he observed the collection of long-handled pruning instruments there, he published her and walked wordlessly to the wall. the lady scuttled away, rubbing her wrist, maintaining a cautious watch over her shoulder. Satterfield took one of many instruments from the wall and unfold the handles, inflicting the steel jaws to gape; then, as he squeezed the handles, the jaws clamped close. The slicing blade seemed robust and wickedly sharp, however the side used to be all wrong—straight as a ruler—and he frowned and hung the software again at the wall. He used to be turning to head whilst he spotted that there has been multiple kind of lopper.

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