Item description for Less than Dead (Bug Man Series #4) by Tim Downs...
Overview After a grave is disovered on property being excavated for a new mall, Nick Polchak is called in to determine if this is a forgotten graveyard or evidence of a murder.
Publishers Description All roads lead to the White House for John Henry Braden, the charismatic senator from Virginia aristocracy whose beautiful wife Victoria is the talk of Washington and the crown jewel of Endor, her backwoods Virginia hometown. But when bodies turn up on Braden's property - the site of a multimillion dollar construction project he's spearheading - the senator's spin doctors, led by his future first lady, must act quickly to quell a conspiracy that threatens to blemish their upcoming presidential campaign. Enter entomologist Nick Polchak, the quirky bug expert enlisted by Special Agent Nathan Donovan to determine if the senator's boneyard is a forgotten cemetery or a grisly crime scene. When the investigation breaks open, Polchak follows local legend to Alena Savard, a tortured pariah known to comb the woods with mongrel cadaver dogs in search of her missing father. In one night, the two uncover a mass grave teeming with deadly questions whose answers take them from the outskirts of Endor to the halls of Capitol Hill as they track a desperate killer bent on protecting a terrible secret.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.27 lbs.
Release Date Sep 9, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Bug Man
ISBN 1595543074 ISBN13 9781595543073 UPC 020049132388
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More About Tim Downs
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.
Tim Downs currently resides in the state of North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Less than Dead (Bug Man Series #4)?
How Good Is "Less Than Dead"? Jan 6, 2010
*A clever, suspenseful tale that will keep even the best bloodhound following his tail a few times.*
Tim Downs is know for his "Bug Man" novels, featuring Nick Polchak as a forensic entomologist (that's a guy who studies the insects that are found with dead bodies, very CSI-ish). When a field owned by a U.S. Senator who is a candidate for president is excavated and a couple of old bodies are found, the FBI has an explosive situation on their hands. Agent Nathan Donovan, famous since he stopped the "Plague Maker" in New York City, is sent to oversee the investigation. He calls Nick to the small Virginia town of Endor to help him identify how long the bodies have been there.
After a mysterious discovery, Nick calls for a cadaver dog to be brought in to search for other possible graves. When the purebred FBI dog fails, he follows up on the rumor of the "Witch of Endor", a woman who lives alone and supposedly talks to animals, to see if her mongrel can aid in the investigation.
Unfortunately, there are people who want buried secrets to stay buried, and soon Nick is trying to figure out these secrets before he becomes one himself.
I've read a lot of books this year, and I keep finding books that I think, "Wow, this is the best book so far this year." Well, Less Than Dead has left them all behind. I really enjoyed Plague Maker but Less is from top to bottom a tightly woven suspense, keeping my head twisting around until I about got whiplash. There were a few times that he had me totally thrown by what he was doing - in a good way! The surprises were great and kept me on my toes and invested in the stellar plot. I thought that having a politically-themed book was a little disingenuous during an election year, but this book is not thinly written like other election-related books I've read.
Nick Polchak is a great character, fully comfortable in his own awkward skin. The bonus is that every other character stands on their own as well, with none of them acting as "filling". It was great to have Nathan Donovan from Plague Maker make an appearance here, as Nick did in that book. Very good touch, and it even gives a little epilogue to Plague that I appreciated greatly.
The other thing that stands out is the humor of the book. Many books have a sarcastic hero, but Nick carries it off very well with his idiosyncrasies. I was laughing out loud at many spots in the book, and it added to the richness of the book every time.
I'll have a "best of" list at the end of the year at my blog, and so far, against very stiff competition, Less Than Dead is the leader of the pack. Don't miss this book if you enjoy suspense, clever writing, or forensics-type shows/books. Actually, just don't miss it!
(From a review at Spoiled for the Ordinary, and a copy was provided by the publisher)
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my favorite of the bug man series Oct 6, 2009
This was my favorite bug man book so far. If you liked the first 3, you have to read this one. I won't give you any details. Just start reading and you will get pulled in. (My least favorite was #3-First the Dead)
A Bug Man Book Aug 30, 2009
If you're like me, you'll find forensics interesting. The cool part is in the learning. This book deals with forensic entomology as does the other books in this series. Hence the name "The Bug Man Series." While the name "Bug Man" sounds puerile, it is anything but, though at times, Nick the main character might be.
Bodies are being buried in graveyards on top of coffins. They are placed in a fetal position on their sides, suggesting the killer was in a hurry to bury them.
This installment is more about cadaver dogs and less about insects though insects are still part of the equation.
Best BugMan Yet Aug 24, 2009
It'd been almost a year since I'd picked up a book by Tim Downs. The first three BugMan novels (as well as Downs' other novels) had been sitting on my shelf, but with so many new books, I really hadn't thought about giving them one more read-through. Now that I've finished with Less Than Dead, I think at some point in the future, I'm going to be pulling those books off the shelf.
Dr. Nick Polchak is back for his fourth adventure as the BugMan. This time, an ancient gravesite has turned up in the middle of a construction site for a new mall. Not big in and of itself. But two things change this. One, the land belongs to a Presidential candidate, almost certain to win the election. Two, not all the dead are hundreds of years old, not all of them are buried in coffins, and not all of them died a peaceful death.
In order to solve the mystery, Polchak enlists the more-than-reluctant help of a mysterious woman called "The Witch of Endor" and her terrifying team of dogs, one of them a three-legged cadaver dog. Yeah, sounds like the kind of person that makes friends easily. Locals say that she can raise the dead, and that she wanders the woods at night seeking the body of her murdered father.
This is a story that will haunt you long after you turn the last page. What is more important, what appears to be? or what is? And with a killer on your tail, trying to cover up the murders, can you remain less than dead?
Downs brings another solid installment to the BugMan series with this book. I can't wait to dive into the next one. And lucky for me, I won't have to because BugMan #5,Ends of the Earth hits shelves on September 15th.