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Feb 28, Mary Norfleet rated it really liked it. Very good story, great mystery. Could hardly put it down until finished. The story takes place during the chaos left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Lots of information that I never knew about.


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The news reports were very much incomplete and often erroneous. Anyway, Mr. Downs and the "Bug Man" Nick Polchak make a great story.

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View 1 comment. Oct 09, Connie rated it did not like it. I did not finish because it was too detailed. Bugs ruled the story too much. And the government angle was not for me. The pacing and scientific detail were the best parts. This was a good mystery it played out so well it was so interesting to know some of the facts about hurricane Katrina i truly enjoyed it and loved nick. It was a good read an interesting plot.

Mar 04, Roger Scherping rated it it was amazing. I wasn't sure at first that I'd like this book. I was interested in the inside look at the Hurricane Katrina disaster, but I wasn't enjoying Nick's obsession with his profession, and I thought the Nick and Beth relationship looked stilted.

But I really warmed to the story, especially how well developed and likable the characters were. Nick's personality and his quick wit are very entertaining. And I thought the ending with J.

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The plot is well laid out and believa I wasn't sure at first that I'd like this book. The plot is well laid out and believable. The author has a great way of withholding just the right amount of information to make the next scene a surprise. I also liked the rich descriptions that really put the reader in the hot, smelly, and miserable environment. Jan 22, Annette rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery.

This series keeps getting better! As per usual, he quickly runs afoul of his superiors - this time because he wants to collect dead bodies before any interesting forensic evidence for instance, that which might place the time or place of death outside the easily explicable flood area is erased by the water.

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His superiors would greatly prefer he focus on the rescue effort and worry This series keeps getting better! His superiors would greatly prefer he focus on the rescue effort and worry about the dead later. The real fireworks occur when a certain pair of DEA agents agree The story also featured a pair of stand out secondary characters in precocious pre-teen J. I appreciated the "in the thick of it" perspective on the hurricane disaster. It's been easy for me to judge not just the authorities but also the victims themselves for behaving so foolishly, antisocially, or just plain inexplicably.

While it's obvious that many sensible steps could have been taken to mitigate the problems beforehand, this book did a good job of illustrating of how, once the disaster occurred, the entire area inevitably became in effect a 3rd world country with no resources, no communication, no organization, and no order. The existing culture of combined dependence, disfunction, and distrust didn't help, but it's hard to imagine an area in which social order would Not have broken down.

Coordinating relief for so many was essentially impossible in the immediate aftermath, and people were necessarily left to their own devices. Heroes and villains were inevitable. Anyway, it was very good food for thought, as well as an exciting story. Nov 22, Patty rated it really liked it. This addition to the "Bug Man" series packs an emotional punch.

Nick and many, many others respond to the tragedy of Katrina and the horrors that unfolded in New Orleans after the hurricane struck. Working with a group of people called DMORT, a rapid response group that goes to national tragedies to help with the recovery and identification of the dead. DMORT is normally concerned only with the dead but this time they are charged with rescue first, then later they will start to collect the bodie This addition to the "Bug Man" series packs an emotional punch. DMORT is normally concerned only with the dead but this time they are charged with rescue first, then later they will start to collect the bodies.

For Nick this is a huge problem. His main concern is the dead and the bugs that can determine the time of death. When left in the "toxic stew" that is New Orleans all forensic evidence is being destroyed. When Nick finds bodies that are much more advanced than they should be just a day after the hurricane, he believes that someone is using the tragedy to cover up their murders and he is determined to prove it.

As usual, Nick ignores orders, does his own investigations and gets himself in trouble with the brass. There are a couple of relationships that emerge for Nick, a young homeless boy searching for his father and the DMORT psychiatrist who is charged with the teams mental health.

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Both have an impact on Nick that make him more human and less "bug like". I had a hard time with a lot of the scenes in this one, mostly because the destruction of New Orleans hurt so badly the first time and I wasn't ready to deal with it again. Still, I trusted Downs to handle it well and I was right. Beautifully written it describes the despair and well as the hope that emerged from the tragedy of Katrina. Not an easy feat when dealing with such an emotional topic and one that isn't that far in the past. I'll be reading more in this series. Feb 25, Pr Latta rated it really liked it Shelves: sense-of-place , mystery , amateur-pi , series , suspense , good-for-teens , humor.

Third in the "Bugman" forensic mystery series, this title takes place in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and proceeds chronologically.

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I appreciated Downs' afterword indicating that he subjected his fictional characters with the same constraints that really occurred: difficulties with communications and a lack of reliable information. Gratefully, little time is spent in the Superdome. Psychiatrist Beth Woodbridge gives us insight into Nick's makeup OCD with a soupcon of Asperger's, having previously ruled out stimulant addiction and J.

Appeal: Hurricane Katrina, forensic details, a quirkily humorous protagonist, a Christian writer that doesn't preach and frankly, isn't at all evident in this title , details of death, degradation, bug procreation and development Oct 25, Catherine Leggitt rated it it was amazing. New Orleans is full of live people to be rescued from trees, rooftops, and attics, but Nick's interest lies elsewhere.