Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father.
Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before - and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty. Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack’s brutality, but is the man capable of murder?
Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack’s mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now is to find the real killer - which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire.
The Poacher’s Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.
©2010 Paul Doiron (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
"Equally a story of relationships and an outdoor adventure, this evocative thriller is sure to put Doiron on several 2010 must-read lists." (Publishers Weekly)
The book had me curious enough to listen to the end, I wanted to see the conclusion, but after I got there I was glad it was over. Fairly monotone delivery and story. The float plane pilot Charlie is the most likeable character in the book and you do not feel sorry for anyone who dies. In the end I guess you can say that it paints a very bleak picture of people in rural Maine but it does have enough of a twist in the ending to make listening worth the effort. Straight forward cop, bad guy crime solving story.
Yes! Rarely do I find such a Country lifestyle storyline such as this.
It took an avenue of interest that is rarely found in novels.
Dealing with an imperfect Dad and yet still knowing the truth of his motivations.
Currently my favorite book.
The author never explains the fathers relationship with the son, the Vietnam experience, and the father's relationship with the girl. Since it was eluded to that the father was a very good person as a young man, how did he change so drastically? The author got into deep water and tried salvage the story with a politically correct ending, which made no sense. Shame on you........
Make the father more understandable.
Acres and acres of wilderness land around a beautiful lake have just been purchased by a billionaire so that he can build a huge summer resort in wilderness Maine. This means that many long time settlers who have been living on these lands will be forced to leave their homes. Feelings run high and anger builds between the new owners and the settlers. After a community meeting, the owner, and the well love policeman escorting him home, have become murder victims
Mike Bowditch is a young Game Warden in Maine and he loves his job and working in the outdoors wilderness, but his personal life is pretty much in a shambles. His wife teaches, and has hopes of a better life where Mike might decide to return to school for his law degree. Their separation is mostly the result of bad communications. But Mike doesn't have much time to deal with his home life because his estranged, game poaching father has just been accused of murdering the two men. Though Mike and his father haven't even spoken in over two years, Mike can't believe his bar brawling father is a murderer.
This book is a great start to this series featuring Mike Bowditch. The scenery descriptions are wonderful, and the reality of fractured family relationships adds a great deal to the story line. The mystery is gripping, and kept me involved until the conclusion. Environmental issues are handled nicely. Definitely a new author for me to follow. He's working on the fourth book in this series, so I have expectations of great future reads!!
The Poacher's Son is the first in a series featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch. Mike finds himself in a murder mystery that involves his parents. He walks a tightrope between his allegiance to his family and his business ethics.
It’s well written for a debut novel. The story line is believable and interesting. It’s moves at a steady pace. I did not know till the near the end – how it would end. It’s everything one wants in a mystery. I’m looking forward to a good sale on others in this series.
Drawn to the gritty country peace keeper in Johnson's longmire series. Strong witty characters that LIVE in the environment ... Found dorian's characters interesting, captivating story line, pleasant distraction while waiting for next long mire book. Will look for more from this author.
Hill Country Reader
The story will wrench your heart strings as you follow the life of Mike Bowditch a 24 year old game warden in the wild woods of Maine weather more that complaining residents, snowstorms, blizzards, rogue bears, unscrupulous poachers, dishonest destructive tourists, his wife leaving and his Father Jack Bowditch being accused of killing a cop.
Despite feeling utterly alone sometimes, Mike Bowditch knows that he is where he belongs - in the woods in Maine. He heads home to an empty house and finds a message from his Father on his answering machine asking for help. Mike is suspicious at first realizing that it has been 2 long years since he has spoken to his father - so why is he calling now? Jack Bowditch never needed anyone or anything.
Soon, Mike is in the middle of a man hunt for his Father struggling with his fellow law enforcement community because he is the "son of a known poacher" and now maybe a cop killer. No matter how alienated Mike feels he is determined to find his Father. After all, Mike knows how his Father thinks & knows all of his hiding places. He knows almost every square inch of the forest and Mike has one ace - one somebody that he can depend on because he knows deep down inside that he will never be able to depend on his own flesh and blood.
Mike soon catches up with him and is confident that he can convince his Father to return so they both can clear his name. Before long it becomes more than obvious that Mike has made a grave mistake and he may not be able to reason with his Father or live through the whole nightmare.
The next sequel.
I don't know that I can come up with a "favorite" scene.
The entire book moved me. Learning about his childhood and all the neglect & abuse he suffered at the hand of his Father was gut wrenching. John Bedford Lloyd's rich deep voice makes you feel the agony of rejection.
The Poacher's Son "Mike Bowditch's Mysteries" Audiobook read by John Bedford Lloyd is the first book in the intense series written by Award Winning Paul Doiron. The narrator's smooth deep-toned voice guides you through a maze of anguish, suspicion, treachery, betrayal and keeps you so enthralled that you won't be able to stop listening/reading for a minute.
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