ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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
My sister told me about Tim Downs a couple months ago. I believe her exact words of astonishment were, "You haven't read any Bug Man Books?!?!" She proceeded to give me a copy of First The Dead for my birthday. So I read both First The Dead and Less Than Dead in the last 3 days (quite a stretch - they are not short books) and I was very impressed. The writing is fun and intense with a quirky sense of humor thrown in whenever the hero, Nick Polchak, is in the picture. First The Dead actually centers around Hurricane Katrina and body recovery and then Less Than Dead focuses on cadaver dogs and murders long past. These are books that guys and girls alike will love and I personally can't wait to take on the Bug Man again!