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Less than Dead

A Bug Man Novel
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Dogs have long been man’s best friend, but the Bug Man’s friends is a rare breed . . . the cadaver dog.

All roads lead to the White House for John Henry Braden, the charismatic senator from Virginia aristocracy whose beautiful wife Victoria is the talk of Washington and the crown jewel of Endor, her backwoods Virginia hometown.

But when bodies turn up on Braden’s property—the site of a multimillion dollar construction project he’s spearheading—the senator’s spin doctors, led by his future first lady, must act quickly to quell a conspiracy before it blemishes their presidential campaign.

Enter entomologist Nick Polchak, the quirky bug expert enlisted to determine if the senator’s bone yard is a forgotten cemetery or a crime scene.

To help with the investigation, Polchak follows local legend to Alena Savard, a mysterious woman known for her ability to turn mongrels into the best search dogs around. They soon find themselves on the trail of a desperate individual bent on protecting a terrible secret.

Less than Dead is an unforgettable tale of crime and concealment in the corridors of high-stakes politics—as well as in the deepest contours of the human heart.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Why does Alena Savard encourage the people of Endor to believe she's a witch? Is there something that you allow people to believe about you that really isn't true?
     
  2. Describe Nathan Donovan as you imagine him. What drives him? What would he be like to meet in person? If the book were made into a film, who can you imagine playing his role?
     
  3. Describe Nick Polchak as you imagine him. Do you see him as attractive or unattractive? What would he be like to meet in person? If the book were made into a film, who can you imagine playing his role?
     
  4. Have you ever met a person who reminds you of the FEMA dog trainer Nick refers to as "Marge?" What do they have in common?
     
  5. Biff and the other high school students in Endor hold a number of false beliefs about Alena Savard. What allows falsehoods to surround someone? Can you think of a real-life figure who is surrounded by false opinions or beliefs?
     
  6. Senator John Henry Braden is a fictional character. In what ways does he remind you of real-life politicians? What qualities do you think Americans value most in their leaders?
     
  7. The author describes Less than Dead as "a very American story." What do you think he means? Hint: Think about the difference between Victoria Braden's horses and Alena's dogs.
     
  8. Only one of Alena's dogs is a purebred. Can you guess which one from the descriptions? If you need help, try Googling "Chinese Crested."
     
  9. Did one of Alena's dogs stand out as your favorite? Which one, and why?
     
  10. What personality traits do Nick and Alena share? How is Alena's hair like Nick's glasses? How are her dogs like Nick's bugs?
     
  11. Ask yourself the question Nick asked Victoria Braden when they first met: "Why do you suppose people get flustered in the presence of beauty?" Have you ever felt that way? Why does Nick feel flustered? Why does it annoy him?
     
  12. Describe Chris Riddick as you imagine him. What would he be like to meet in person? If the book were made into a film, who can you imagine playing his role?
     
  13. What is Agnes's driving motivation? What made her willing to go as far as she did? Did you feel sorry for her in any way?
     
  14. Alena tells Nick that a dog is trained to pursue a little white towel. What does she mean when she asks Nick, "What's your little white towel?" What's yours?
     
  15. Who was responsible for Chris Riddick's death? Why do you think the author chose to handle his demise in this manner?
     

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Less than Dead : A Bug Man Novel, Tim Downs
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Details

Dogs have long been man’s best friend, but the Bug Man’s friends is a rare breed . . . the cadaver dog.

All roads lead to the White House for John Henry Braden, the charismatic senator from Virginia aristocracy whose beautiful wife Victoria is the talk of Washington and the crown jewel of Endor, her backwoods Virginia hometown.

But when bodies turn up on Braden’s property—the site of a multimillion dollar construction project he’s spearheading—the senator’s spin doctors, led by his future first lady, must act quickly to quell a conspiracy before it blemishes their presidential campaign.

Enter entomologist Nick Polchak, the quirky bug expert enlisted to determine if the senator’s bone yard is a forgotten cemetery or a crime scene.

To help with the investigation, Polchak follows local legend to Alena Savard, a mysterious woman known for her ability to turn mongrels into the best search dogs around. They soon find themselves on the trail of a desperate individual bent on protecting a terrible secret.

Less than Dead is an unforgettable tale of crime and concealment in the corridors of high-stakes politics—as well as in the deepest contours of the human heart.

More Information

Length 354 Pages
Series A Bug Man Novel
Publication Date July 14, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595545778
ISBN-13 9781595545770
Height 8.3"
Width 5.3"