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 de..Show More »livery 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.
Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch is just recovering from dealing with his notorious father in THE POACHER'S SON. His girlfriend has decided to give h..Show More »im a second chance to spend more time at home, and to be "safe" in his job. Now negatively labeled as "the poacher's son", he is trying to live down this reputation, but this is difficult as he is once again fighting the current within his area.
Mike was called to the scene of an accident between a driver and a deer, but for some strange reason the girl has left the scene. But did she really leave on her own, as she has been found brutally murdered in one of the Maine coast's "summer cabins"---huge summer homes for the vacationing rich. Her married lover is found in a four wheeler with his throat slit. The authorities want to call this a murder/suicide, but Mike finds the girl's murder eerily like another murder that happened a number of years ago. But since that murder was "solved" , with the perpetrated behind bars, things just don't add up, and Mike just can't leave well enough alone.
Mike is caught between those calling the convicted man innocent, and those who just want to close both cases, and they are not "playing nice". Mike's girlfriend just wants him to consider his safety while investigating a crime that is NOT within the Game Warden's job description.
This book is definitely a thriller, but the play on atmosphere and the definite "Maine dialogue", adds a whole new dimension to the enjoyment of this book. Once again, Paul Doiron has created a book of action so definitely within Maine, that the reader is transported to the seaside with the characters---multiplying the suspense for the reader twofold. Definitely this series will continue to be on my reading list, going right on to the nest book--BAD LITTLE FALLS.
The third in the Maine game warden series, Mike Bowditch. In this one, Mike meets the McDonald’s employee of the month while ordering breakfast and is..Show More » quite attracted to her. He sets out to get to know her better. In the meantime, the veterinarian, who acts as a doctor when necessary, calls upon him to go to the house of another couple where someone has been pulled in who is in advanced stages of hypothermia. He and the vet do what they can to save the boy but find out in the meantime that he and his friend were dealing drugs, and that he probably killed his friend. He also finds out that the girl he’s attracted to, Jamie, has secrets and connections to the people selling drugs, and that the injured man is her brother. She has a little boy who is troubled and keeps his secrets in his journal. Also, most people aren’t too happy with game wardens and Bowditch faces hostility and unfriendliness. This book proceeds with Bowditch’s life. He is impulsive, well-intentioned but takes risks that he shouldn’t. I’m becoming more impatient with this character. I don’t know for sure if I’ll read the next book in the series when it comes out.
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.