Chop Shop

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Simon and Schuster, 2004 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Intern forensic pathologist Dr. Riley McKay has noticed irregularities in autopsies at the Allegheny County Coroner's lab. Suspecting foul play, she seeks help from Dr. Nick Polchak, the "bug man" renowned for his ability to solve murders by analyzing the insects on victim's bodies. Nick and Riley uncover a sinister link between the lab's director and PharmaGen, a start-up drug company specializing in genetic research. They also discover that PharmaGen fronts an underground system to procure transplant organs for wealthy clients by finding and murdering matching donors. But PharmaGen learns of their security breach and orders the couple destroyed. While staying a step ahead of PharmaGen assassins, romantic attraction develops between Nick and Riley. But the attraction is complicated by a tragic secret that Riley hides -- a secret closely tied to one member of PharmaGen's operation which propels the novel to its astonishing conclusion.

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed the first "bug man" mystery and had high hopes for this one. It was pretty good but I did have a couple of issues crop up. The first was the "big conspiracy" storyline, it was a bit ... Read full review

User Review  - Ginny Mobley -

I just finished this 2nd book of the series & loved it as much as the 1st one.The characters come alive as if you're watching a movie.I loved how Riley taught Nick how to live again, but I may have chosen a different ending though it was very appropriate.Can't wait to start book #3! Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Tim Downs is a professional speaker and writer and has worked as a nationally syndicated cartoonist for fourteen years. His first book, Finding Common Ground, was awarded the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association's prestigious Gold Medallion Award. He has coauthored two other works of nonfiction with his wife, Joy. Tim and Joy are on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and live in Cary, North Carolina, with their three children.