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Chop Shop (Bug Man Series #2) [Paperback]

By Tim Downs (Author)
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Item description for Chop Shop (Bug Man Series #2) by Tim Downs...

An autopsy room is where secrets are revealed. . .or buried. Young Dr. Riley McKay has worked hard toward her career in pathology - and now she has secured a fellowship at the renowned Allegheny County Coroner's Office in Pittsburgh. But her promising future is threatened when suspicious activities incriminate her supervising pathologist, Dr. Nathan Lassiter. Bungled autopsies, concealed evidence, and unexplained wounds accumulate at an alarming rate. When Riley is ignored by her seniors and threatened by Dr. Lassiter, she turns in desperation to Dr. Nick Polchak, the Bug Man, to help her uncover the truth. From a handful of tiny maggots, Nick and Riley begin to unearth the facts, and together they discover that these blunders are not accidents but part of a larger evil that threatens their very lives. The flies on the wall can talk. Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak is listening.

Publishers Description
Intern forensic pathologist Dr. Riley McKay has noticed irregularities in autopsies at the Allegheny County Coroner's lab. Suspecting foul play, she seeks help from Dr. Nick Polchak, the "bug man" renowned for his ability to solve murders by analyzing the insects on victim's bodies. Nick and Riley uncover a sinister link between the lab's director and PharmaGen, a start-up drug company specializing in genetic research. They also discover that PharmaGen fronts an underground system to procure transplant organs for wealthy clients by finding and murdering matching donors. But PharmaGen learns of their security breach and orders the couple destroyed. While staying a step ahead of PharmaGen assassins, romantic attraction develops between Nick and Riley. But the attraction is complicated by a tragic secret that Riley hides -- a secret closely tied to one member of PharmaGen's operation which propels the novel to its astonishing conclusion.

From Publishers Weekly
Romance among the maggots and blowflies? Well, yes, and plenty of hilarity and suspense in this delightful sophomore Bug Man novel from Downs (Shoofly Pie). After physically threatening a college student who falls asleep in his class, entomologist Nick Polchak is put on temporary probation. He meets up with Dr. Riley McKay from the Pennsylvania Allegheny County coroner's office, who is on the trail of something fishy and needs his help analyzing some corpses. A black market in transplant organs has resulted in targeted murders, and PharmaGen's traffic in applied genetic information may be a screen for other dubious dealings. Complicating things is Riley's own well-kept secret about her medical condition. The pacing drags a bit toward the middle, and a contrivance or two move the plot along, but Downs keeps the pages turning with some excellent twists and first-rate humor. He laudably knows how to show rather than tell-a rarity for Christian fiction. Good entomological details add authenticity to the story, and the heavy themes of the pitfalls of a utilitarian approach to ethics and the hazards of judging human value on the basis of social worth are mostly thought provoking instead of preachy. Downs's flair for the unusual-and his notable improvement over his already strong first effort-make him a writer to watch in the faith fiction market. (July 20) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
Chop Shop (Bug Man Series #2) by Tim Downs has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award - 2004 Second Place - Mystery category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Chop Shop (Bug Man Series #2) by Tim Downs has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/07/2004 page 30
  • CBA Retailers - 08/01/2004 page 45

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Howard Books
Pages   338
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2004
Publisher   Howard Publishing
Series  Bug Man  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  1582294011  
ISBN13  9781582294018  
UPC  645177935269  

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More About Tim Downs

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! TIM DOWNS is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University in Graphic Design. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, "Downstown," which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred newspapers worldwide. In 1979 he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, where he founded and directed the Communication Center, a communication training facility. He continues to serve as a speaker and writer. He and his wife, Joy, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences since 1985. He is author of "First the Dead, Less Than Dead, Chop Shop, Head Game, Plague Maker, Shoo Fly Pie," and "Finding Common Ground," which was awarded the Gold Medallion Award in 2000. He is also co-author of "Fight Fair" and "The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage" along with his wife Joy. Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.
JOY DOWNS is a 1979 graduate of Indiana University in Journalism. After graduation, she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ where she served as a radio writer and producer and helped direct the Communication Center, a communication training facility of Campus Crusade. Joy and her husband, Tim, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences. Together they have co-authored two books entitled "The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage" and "Fight Fair!: Winning at Conflict without Losing at Love." Joy lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and three children.

Tim Downs currently resides in the state of North Carolina.

Tim Downs has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bug Man Novel
  2. Bug Man Novels

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Reviews - What do customers think about Chop Shop (Bug Man Series #2)?

I hate bugs  Jul 21, 2008
...But I really liked this book. If you like mysteries and a little forensic bug science thrown in, this is a good read. And if your hesitant because he is a christian author and you don't want to be preached at, not to worry, no soap box included, or foul language either.
Smart, Funny, Fun = One Great Book - mild spoiler warning  Jul 18, 2008
I had almost come to the point of despair over how few truly wonderful books I've read of late. This book cured that. I count myself lucky to be such a latecomer to this series because now I can snap up a few more of them without waiting. Why isn't this author world wide famous? His story has plot, humor, action, intellect, and handles them very well.
Dr. Polchak is an interesting character. Not your typical drop-dead gorgeous hero, but a smart guy who isn't afraid to take risks or dump himself and some poor woman into a river if the cause is right.
Some plot twists seemed a little too convenient, but that's the way a tight story's run. Dr. McKay is a nice foil to the lovable bug man.
Most importantly, this book made me laugh. I hate mysteries that simply overdo the seriousness factor. Chop Shop handles humor with a deft hand. Many many thanks to the author for this intriguing tale.
Excellent. I can't get enough of these bugs.  Mar 7, 2006
What an excellent book! A great improvement over the first in the series "Shoofly Pie" which I liked very much. Not as funny but much more intense. Both books had excellent endings. A lot of thought went into the writing of "Chop Shop" and it shows. Deep character, intelligent plot and sharp wit. Tim Downs is rising on my list of favorite authors. Now for the problem; there's very little that's Christian about it. It's clean, no sex, no cursing and it brings up some good ethical points (absolutes being the big one) but as far as spiritual growth it's not really there. Don't get me wrong this book is excellent but I do miss knowing our God just a little bit better when it's all over.
flies on walls tell all!  Feb 15, 2005
Rebeccasreads recommends BUG MAN2: CHOP SHOP as a lively & informative mystery about corporate doctors intent on securing a steady supply of body parts, & a young pathologist troubled by the autopsies her supervisor is making her sign-off on.

Dr. McKay finds Nick Pollack, the Bug Man of SHOO FLY PIE, in his greenhouse, & shows him some juicy maggots she's extracted from the latest corpse to cross her table. Together they set out on a trail of clues that will lead them to a firey & fatal finale.

Tim Downs has a hilarious way with words, poking fun of the pomposity of academia & financial tycoons, all the while spinning a gripping yarn. & if the ending, the real ending, leaves a bit to be desired, well, isn't that just like life?

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