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First the Dead by Tim Downs
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Sep 27, 08

Read in March, 2008

I really enjoyed the first 2 Bug Man novels - Shoo Fly Pie and Chop Shop. This is the 3rd Bug Man novel but can be read without reading the previous 2 as they don't really build on each other.
Taking place in New Orleans surrounding Hurricane Katrina, Nick Polchak (The Bug Man) is finding bodies that didn't die in the hurricane. Someone is using the hurricane to cover up murders. Nick also finds himself frustrated as part of DMORT, which is supposed to recover the dead, he's being ordered to help rescue the living first. His concern is waiting to get the dead will cause physical evidence to deteriorate.
Then as he disobeys orders and starts gathering evidence from dead bodies, he finds someone is out to stop him from finding more evidence. Who is behind the murders and cover-up?
This was a great mystery and page-turner. It also brought back the whole disaster surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that occurred in New Orleans.
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