I hesitated to buy this book, but I like series and have a home in Maine, so I gave it a try - I am glad I did. Mr. Doiron is an very good writer, wh..Show More »ich I appreciate. The lead character is interesting and someone you care about. There are a few flaws in the story, but easily ignored. The narrator does a C minus Maine accent but few performers could do a Maine accent. Overall, a good read. I just bought the second in the series.
"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.
I started this because of complimentary comparisons with C.J. Box and Joe Pickett. For me, it isn't even close. I found the protagonist, game warden ..Show More »Mike Bowditch immature and irritatingly whiny. His dialog quickly became predictable as well as the personalities of the other characters. The overdrawn conflict between the "tree hugger," former hippy, wealthy landowner and local hunters and those economically dependent on them. Does she have to be so dislikable as to have no allies, even though she wants to create a National Park? Even if she doesn't like or trust government in general or state Department of Natural Resources in particular, why isn't she working with NGO's such as the The Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Defense Fund, or more radical groups such as PETA or Greenpeace? I invested about two hours of listening, in part because I found Henry Leyva such a good reader, before giving up.
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.
Yes, but it's difficult to describe. The premise is that this warden solves the mystery...sort of. But the whole thing seems to jump around, and while..Show More » things get resolved, and it qualifies as a who done it, simply because you are given so little info you really can't guess, it's one of those rambling accounts where the characters seem to stumble onto info while doing spontaneous and often foolish things. Not that it's uninteresting exactly or difficult to listen to it's just a little hard to realize anything has actually happened. It almost seems anecdotal or a news recap, you see what happened, you see the result or solution but if you had to retell it to someone it would be hard to put in order or pick out the high points in this story.
Paul Doiron has created an authentic portrait of Maine and its natural beauty. The individual characters ring true and I love this series. But the n..Show More »arrator's attempt at a Maine accent is just dreadful. It's cross between Brooklyn and British with a bit of Southern US thrown in. Again and again, the beautiful and unusual Maine accent is butchered on TV and film.