Chop Shop, A Bug Man Series #2   -     By: Tim Downs
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Chop Shop, A Bug Man Series #2

Howard Books / 2004 / Paperback

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An autopsy room is where secrets are revealed...or buried. Young Dr. Riley McKay has worked hard to earn 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.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1582294011
ISBN-13: 9781582294018
Availability: In Stock
Series: Bug Man

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Publisher's 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.

Author Bio

Tim Downs is a professional speaker and writer and has worked as a nationally syndicated cartoonist for fourteen years. His first book, Finding Common Ground, was awarded the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association's prestigious Gold Medallion Award. He has coauthored two other works of nonfiction with his wife, Joy. Tim and Joy are on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and live in Cary, North Carolina, with their three children.

Publisher's 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.

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  1. Ginny Mobley
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 24, 2009
    Ginny Mobley
    I just finished this 2nd book of the series & loved it as much as the 1st one.The characters come alive as if you're watching a movie.I loved how Riley taught Nick how to live again, but I may have chosen a different ending though it was very appropriate.Can't wait to start book #3!
  2. abbie
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    January 30, 2009
    abbie
    I thought that chop shop was lame compared to Shoo Fly Pie,it made me not want to read the rest in his series.I don't recommend it.
  3. Mary Mirandona
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 18, 2008
    Mary Mirandona
    This was the first "Bug Man" book I read and fell in love with the lead character, Nick Polchak. His dialogue is witty and very reminicent of the clean, often funny, and rapid-fire dialogue of an old Bogie (Humphry Bogart) movie. The lessons you learn in entomology are facinating, but not for the weak in heart! The ending totally took me by surprize. Never saw it coming. Great read.
  4. Colette
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 28, 2008
    Colette
    I was furious after reading this book. The mystery is fascinating and the author shows a good grasp of forensic science. I would say it is well written, except that the last half of the book is not appealing emotionally. Life has enough tough stuff to deal with. I don't need fiction to depress me.
  5. Bethany
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 8, 2008
    Bethany
    I almost don't know how to rate this book. I laughed INSANELY hard, yet when it was over I wanted to shoot myself (or the author). On second thought, yes, the author should be shot. But, hey, it's gotta be a pretty good book to evoke that much feeling. Right? I'd rather hate a book than be bored with it. However, neither of those was the case. I loved this book. Just don't read it if you're in a fairy-tale princess mood.
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