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First the Dead (Bug Man Series #3) [Hardcover]

By Tim Downs (Author)
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Item description for First the Dead (Bug Man Series #3) by Tim Downs...

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina all government agencies were ordered to assist with efforts to rescue those who had survived. "First the Living" was the clear mandate given to everyone--including those who were there as part of the DMORT team and whose specialty was identifying and notifying the families of the deceased.

But there's a problem with that plan when forensic entomologist Nick Polchek realizes that some of the bodies he's seeing in the putrid waters flooding New Orleans were dead prior to the hurricane making landfall. Someone thought the hurricane would cover any evidence and literally allow them to get away with murder. But what are they trying to hide? And who could have been so certain that a hurricane of this magnitude would strike?

Someone is willing to do anything to keep these secrets hidden beneath the floodwaters. Nick must fight a desperate race against time and decomposing evidence--and the orders of his superiors--to raise the truth.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.44" Height: 1.31"
Weight:   1.29 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595540245  
ISBN13  9781595540249  
UPC  020049130155  

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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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This one will really get under your skin.  Nov 11, 2008
When reading a novel that's based in real-life I like to learn something along with being entertained. Tim Downs does just that in "First the Dead". He was able to bring the disaster of Hurricane Katrina into the forefront and opened my eyes to things I never thought of before. What about hiding a murder in the wake of the storm and how does one go about catching the perpetrator of the crime? It takes someone like Nick Polchak "The Bug Man" with his unending perseverance to unravel the plot. This is my third Bug Man book and I think the series is excellent. "First the Dead" is the best one so far. Again, as with all the Bug Man books it's not for the squeamish but as the plot unravels it becomes a real page-turner and the uncomfortable aspects of the book take a backseat. The storyline is so unpredictable it'll keep you guessing right to the end.

As for the "Christian" aspect of the novel there's not much there. In principle the story has a good message and there's no offensive language or sex scenes and the line between good and evil is clearly drawn. It does however have some gory scenes that, if it was a movie, I wouldn't watch.

Do yourself a favor and get this book. In fact buy all the Bug Man books. You won't be sorry. Tim Downs has proven himself once again to be one of the best authors of fiction today.

1 Star = Pathetic
2 Stars = Fair
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing

Excellent book...leared ALOT about Katrina and was entertained as well.  Oct 9, 2008
Downs always writes a creative story and his protagonist, Nick Polchak, is a highly amusing and odd character! This particular book also gave me an education about what Katrina rescue operations were like...that alone made for great reading, as I really learned alot of interesting info. Incredible book, don't miss it!
Poor research  Sep 29, 2008
Mr. Downs researched Katrina so well but really screwed up in writing his LaTourneau character has schizophrenia when what he describes is Multiple Personality Disorder and since it is his psychiatrist Woodbridge making this diagnosis, the book loses all credibility and it ruins the end of the book. Schizophrenia is NOT "split personalities."
Yeah, Bug Man's Actually Human  Sep 20, 2008
When you think of a novel that attempts to deal with a sensitive matter such as Hurricane Katrina, you either sink or swim. No other way around it. Either you put it together well, or you leave it alone! Tim Downs chose to take it on, and he pulled it off quite well. Especially concerning our favorite entomologist, Bug Man, Nick Polchak. So, how does he do that? Does he actually make smart-mouth Nick seem human for once? Yeah, you could say that! Ok, we've seen Nick's version of humanity once or twice but...NEVER MIND, JUST READ THE REVIEW AND READ THE BOOK!!

Welcome to the heart of a wet and murky, downright dirty and disgusting, New Orleans. You are in the heart of where the hurricane hit. Nick is part of DMORT Team, which basically means you might find some human remains somewhere along the line. But wait! Did that just say that Nick is part of a team? Yeah, Team Nick Polchak, at your service, and he's doing things HIS way! Yep, there's no "I" in "team," but there is an "I" in Nick. Two big eyes behind a big pair of glasses that seeks to find dead bodies, not the ones who are actually living. Nick smells a rat, a big stinky rat that's been around before Katrina did her stuff. And certain people out there don't want Nick going there, especially with dead bodies. And a certain gorgeous psychiatrist is going out of her way to look out for Nick's best interest, and that's a good thing. Are there unexpected surprises? Oh yeah. Are some of them actually good? You might say that some of these surprises are actually quite special.

Prepare yourself for a great "Bug Man" book, the third one in this crazy, wacked out series. Is there the question that Tim Downs might have overstepped his bounderies? I don't think so. He goes to great lengths to assure us that those involved in the rescue missions of Hurrican Katrina have the utmost respect. Those in authority in that mess deserve some praise for doing all they could.

A great job was done by Tim Downs. I think he'll stay on my list of authors that I really enjoy reading!
From J. Kaye's Book Blog  Sep 12, 2008
Spoiler Alert!

FIRST THE DEAD by TIM DOWNS is the third book in the bug man series. Nick Polchak is the bug man, a forensic entomologist. He is part of the DMORT, Disaster Mortuary Response Team.

One day DMORT gets a disaster alert, hurricane Katrina is going to hit Louisiana. Usually there primary objective is to gather bodies so that they can identify them and inform there families, but this time they are sent to rescue survivors. Nick has never been very good with authorities and following the rules, so he and his friend Jerry go looking for bodies.

While trying to find bodies they come across a kid with very good eyesight, and they take him along but the kid, J.T., makes Nick promise to help him find his father. Soon J.T. spots something that catches Nick's attention, floating body. He explains to J.T. that if a boy is floating that means that the person has been dead for a long time. Nick sees something else interesting about the body; it looks as if the person was murdered.

When he takes it back to the DMORT base Denny, the leader of the DMORT, he gets in trouble and a warning to stop bringing in bodies. But that doesn't stop Nick. He soon brings in more bodies and Denny calls in the head of the DEA Turlock. Nick gets yet another warning, but is given the permission to tag the bodies instead of taking them. Nick follows that but then he finds another murdered body and instead of bringing them to the DMORT, he puts it in the bottom floor of an "abandoned" hospital. Little did Nick know that the hospital wasn't abandon and the body is soon discovered. Someone is called in and them traces the body back to Nick. Soon Jerry goes missing and so does J.T. Then Nick is almost murdered. Then deny finally has had it with Nick and he is kicked of the team, but he never goes home. With the help of Beth, his ex-girlfriend, he soon finds out who is after him.

This is the best book I have read in a long time. This combines mystery, comedy, thriller, and suspense all in one book. Normally I always read the first book in the series first, but this time I didn't have to. This book explains itself nicely.

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