When a national disaster strikes, "first the living" is the rule.
Unless you're the Bug Man.
When Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans, forensic entomologist Nick Polchak signs up to help with the recovery effort. He is known as the Bug Man for his knowledge of insects and what they can reveal about the dead. The government's mandate is clear--rescue the living first, recover the dead later.
But something is very wrong in the toxic soup-bowl of post-Katrina New Orleans.
Someone is using the cover of disaster to kill . . . hiding the victims of murder in the same watery grave as the victims of Katrina.
It's a tale only the dead can tell. But no one besides the Bug Man is listening.
" . . . stands out from the pack of CSI-inspired mysteries with its quirky hero and creative handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Dead men tell no lies
When Hurricane Katrina takes New Orleans by storm, forensic entomologist Nick Polchak is waiting for her. He's part of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Response Team), the FEMA team assigned to recover and identify human remains in large-scale disasters.
The trouble is, Nick isn't much of a team player. And he doesn't take well to following orders he doesn't agree with--such as the decision to divert all personnel to rescuing the living and leaving the dead for later.
Nick begs to differ. He's there to collect bodies, and he's going to do just that--especially when he starts finding bodies that were clearly dead before the hurricane struck. Nick understands that all forensic evidence will soon disintegrate in the hot, contaminated water . . . and he knows that's exactly what the killer wants to happen.
The more Nick tries to uncover answers, the stronger--and deadlier--the resistance becomes. And it doesn't help that a beautiful psychiatrist thinks he's on the verge of a mental breakdown . . . can even the Bug Man uncover the truth?