Ends of the Earth (Bug Man Series #5)

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Overview

Nick Polchak must stop a terrorist from causing a global ecological nightmare.

Two beautiful women from Nick's past are competing for his heart.

He's not sure which impending disaster makes him more nervous.

When forensic entomologist Nick Polchak is called to the scene of a murder on a small organic farm in North Carolina he is astonished to find that the victim's estranged wife is an old friend, a woman he ...

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Overview

Nick Polchak must stop a terrorist from causing a global ecological nightmare.

Two beautiful women from Nick's past are competing for his heart.

He's not sure which impending disaster makes him more nervous.

When forensic entomologist Nick Polchak is called to the scene of a murder on a small organic farm in North Carolina he is astonished to find that the victim's estranged wife is an old friend, a woman he once worked with—a woman he once had feelings for. When she asks Nick to investigate her husband's drug-related murder, Nick seeks the assistance of Alena Savard, the reclusive dog trainer known to the people of northern Virginia as the Witch of Endor.

Alena jumps at the chance to renew her relationship with Nick—but when she arrives in North Carolina she discovers that she's not the only woman who has her eye on the Bug Man. Soon Nick finds his usually analytical mind clouded by thoughts of a strangely human nature. These two women have stirred feelings that he can't quite fathom, feelings of lost opportunities and future possibilities . . .

Now Nick must navigate the unexplored territory of his own heart while he solves an agroterrorist's plot to ignite an environmental holocaust that could spread to the ends of the earth.

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Dr. Nick Polchak, the "Bug Man" (First the Dead, Less Than Dead, Shoo Fly Pie, and Chop Shop), heads to North Carolina to investigate the death of an organic farmer. The police believe the murder is related to drugs, but Nick is not so sure, and the bugs found in a bale of marijuana may hold the clue to a plot by terrorists to undermine U.S. agriculture. VERDICT The Christy Award-winning author's latest forensic thriller is intelligent and thought-provoking and should especially appeal to male fans of the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595543080
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Bug Man Series , #5
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,459,470
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Downs is the author of nine novels including the Christy Award-winning PlagueMaker and the highly acclaimed series of Bug Man novels. Tim lives in North Carolina with his wife Joy. They have three grown children.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

    The Bug Man is back!

    I have enjoyed each of the Bug Man books, from the very first, and the Ends of the Earth was a perfect addition to the series. Two of his leading ladies are back, and Nick is as clueless as ever about matters of the heart. But he's beginning to realize he is part of the human species after all. And the mystery/suspense angle is perfect! A great read for those who like suspense filled with quirky characters.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

    Hooray! Nick Polchak is back, and more brilliant and confused than ever!

    Hooray, and pass the chunks of beef liver! Nick Polchak is back, and he is as delightfully brilliant and bone-headed as ever! If you're not familiar with award-winning author Tim Downs' unusual protagonist from any of the previous 6 mystery novels in the Bug Man series, you're in for a treat. His blisteringly funny sarcastic wit with students and colleagues, his total and utter cluelessness regarding women, his fascination with insects to the point of identifying with them more than humans, and his stunningly brilliant ability to help solve crimes through the study of bugs makes him one of the quirkiest, most intriguing amateur detectives imaginable.

    As in the previous novels, Nick is faced with the challenge of unraveling a murder mystery, but this one has international entanglements, and cataclysmic consequences of global proportions. If that weren't enough, Nick also finds himself in not just one, but two potential romantic relationships with women from past cases. Watching Nick painstakingly put the pieces of the mystery together in his inimitable fashion is always worth the read, but watching him struggle to even understand both women, much less take halting steps towards his first romantic relationship in the midst of a case was vastly entertaining! Ends of the Earth is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable novels I've read in a long time, and I can't recommend it highly enough!

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