61. “First the Dead,” Tim Downs

Forensic entymologist Nick Polchek is one of the first responders of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), who help in cases of mass fatalities. The day before Hurricane Katrina hits, Nick and DMORTs from around the country are dispatched to Louisiana to await the empending disaster. Their orders are clear, if unusual: first, save the living. Then return for the dead. But Nick isn’t great with the living, and when he comes across bodies showing signs of foul play, he violates the orders of his team leader, of over-involved DEA agents and, oh yeah, the psychologist keeping tabs on him.

This is in a similar vein to the previous Tim Downs book I read. I found it slightly more enjoyable, even if Nick himself is sort of insufferable with his constant slick stand-offishness.

Page count: 368
Page total: 16,857

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