Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Less Than Dead

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Less Than Dead

Thomas Nelson (September 9, 2008)


Tim Downs


Tim Downs is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate until 1986. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred major newspapers worldwide.

His first book, a work of non-fiction, was awarded the Gold Medallion Award in 2000. His first novel, Shoofly Pie, was awarded the Angel Award in 2004, and his third novel, PlagueMaker, was awarded the Christy Award for best suspense novel of 2007. First The Dead, the third book in this Bug Man series came out earlier this year.

Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife Joy.


Some secrets just won't stay buried.
When strange bones surface on a U.S. senator's property, the FBI enlists forensic entomologist Nick Polchak to investigate the forgotten graveyard. Polchak's orders are simple: figure out the mess.

But Polchak, known as the "Bug Man" because of his knowledge of insects and their interaction with the dead, senses darker secrets buried beneath the soil.

Secrets that could derail the senator's presidential bid.

Secrets buried in the history of a quaint Virginia town.

Secrets someone is willing to kill to protect.

With the help of a mysterious local woman named Alena and her uncanny cadaver dogs, Polchak sets out to dig up the truth.

But with a desperate killer hot on his trail, he'll be lucky to wind up anything less than dead.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Less Than Dead, go HERE

Less Than Dead by Tim Downs is the fourth book in the Bug Man series about entomologist Nick Polchak. Nick is quirky and sarcastic, with a fierce intelligence and drive to find the truth about crimes. He's called in to investigate the discovery of several bodies buried in graves (on top of old graves) by a possible serial killer in Virginia. The land belongs to the man who must may become the next President of the United States, and there are far more forces at work than Nick is prepared to deal with, including a young woman known as a witch who talks to animals and raises the dead. Despite the paranormal sounding teaser, this solid forensics procedural is grounded in reality and full of smarts. Nick is an absolutely delightful protagonist. He's sarcastic, refuses to be swayed by power, and comes up with all of the comebacks the rest of us just dream about. He also has a solid vein of goodness deep inside that forces him to ask the questions no one else wants the answers to. Downs has an amazing talent for dialogue. Every exchange zings across the page making the story zip. There are so many books in this genre, but this one is truly too good to pass up. I can't wait to read the rest of the series to get to know Nick better.

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