Son of hard-drinking, rough-living, Jack Bowditch, Mike, the local game warden doesn't believe his father is capable of murder . . . poaching, yes . ..Show More ». . murder, no . . . long estranged from his father, Mike's memories of his dad are mostly of his parents fighting before they divorced when he was a boy . . . and of a poaching incident on one of Mike's few visits to his dad's hunting camp when he was a teen . . . and then comes a phone call from his dad . . . out of the blue . . . risking his job as game warden, Mike goes out on search of the truth,hoping to clear his father's name . . . I really liked Poacher's Son . . . enjoyed the narration . . . I've never been to Maine . . . so the accents were no problem for me . . . the folks in the area, about to be bought out by the land developer after spending their whole lives fishing, hunting and peacefully living off the land, struck a cord within me . . . as I'm a country girl myself . . .This is a great "first in a series" . . . I will be moving on to Book Two . . .
"Bad Little Falls", is an outstanding mystery set in a small town in the wilds of Downeast Maine. It revolves around a recurring character named Mike..Show More » Bowditch, a registered Maine Guide (like the author, Paul Doiron), and a Maine Game Warden, and a member of the state's law enforcement, who, through the previous novel, has been reassigned to one of the remotest areas of the state, and perhaps, the U.S.
It starts in the middle of a severe winter, as if there any other kind there, as the sleeping town of Machias, the shire town of Washington County, discovers the activities of certain insomniac and dangerously troubled members of it's tiny community.
The writing is descriptive and heartfelt. The area residents are by and large, desperately poor, and easily taken advantage of. There are some very bad people here as well, and Mike Bowditch, a fish out of water (again, as detailed in Doiron's first novel, "The Poacher's Son"), though a big fish taken to a small pond, falls in to protect a single mother and her odd son from several human predators. It's a cracking good mystery, and read masterfully by Henry Leyva, who performs the unique Downeast accent with grace and respect, as well as Rene Auberjonois, to this listener's ear. I live nearby, down near Acadia National Park, and it's an incredibly complex drawl, but Leyva couldn't have sounded so authentic without Mr. Doiron's careful ear for the language of this far-flung area.
I highly recommend this, and look forward to another chapter in the life of Mike Bowditch, as he explores his new bailiwick.
Doiron's books started great and they keep getting better. Our hero, Mike Bowditch, is at a low point in his life. When a devoted mentor is shot, Mike..Show More » adds some of his injured friend's burdens to his ongoing efforts to care for an absent friend's family. On this course, clues about the shooter start showing up. I love how the exigencies of solving a crime are interwoven with Mike's day-to-day efforts to both be a good man and become a better man. I love spending time with this hero and with the friends he gathers around him. I love seeing Maine natural beauty and gentle friendliness through the lenses of Mike and the author. I highly recommend all the Mike Bowditch stories.