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In Paul Doiron’s riveting follow-up to his Edgar Award-nominated novel, The Poacher's Son, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch’s quest to find a missing woman leads him through a forest of lies in search of a killer who may have gotten away with murder once before.

While on patrol one foggy March evening, Bowditch receives a call for help. A woman has reportedly struck a deer on a lonely coast road. When the game warden arrives on the scene, he finds blood in the road—but both the driver and the deer have vanished. And the state trooper assigned to the accident appears strangely unconcerned. The details of the disappearance seem eerily familiar. Seven years earlier, a jury convicted lobsterman Erland Jefferts of the rape and murder of a wealthy college student and sentenced him to life in prison. For all but his most fanatical defenders, justice was served. But when the missing woman is found brutalized in a manner that suggests Jefferts may have been framed, Bowditch receives an ominous warning from state prosecutors to stop asking questions.

For Bowditch, whose own life was recently shattered by a horrific act of violence, doing nothing is not an option. His clandestine investigation reopens old wounds between Maine locals and rich summer residents and puts both his own life and that of the woman he loves in jeopardy. As he closes in on his quarry, he suddenly discovers how dangerous his opponents are, and how far they will go to prevent him from bringing a killer to justice.

©2011 Paul Doiron (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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If you can't do an accent well, just DON'T

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I'm from Maine, and I have loved these first two Doiron books! And I adore being able to listen while I'm doing other things, or don't have time to read. But...<br/><br/>PLEASE, if you don't know how to pronounce Maine place names, ask. And for God's sake, if you can't do a Maine accent, just don't! The attempt by this narrator to produce a plausible accent was just painful! It was something like a cross between South Boston, Rhode Island and New York.<br/><br/>Frankly, it ruined the book for me. I'm sorry to say, I think I'm going to have *read* the rest of the Mike Bowditch books because I just can't take it.

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Maine Game Warden solves murder!!

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 him 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.

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I like the concept but it falls flat

After this one I feel like this series is direct rip off of C.J. Box Joe Pickett series. All the plot lines are exactly the same. The joe picket series is much better written and thought out.

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  • Lynn
  • Maineville, Ohio, United States
  • 03-30-16

This series is worth your time

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this series because the narrator is very good - sounds just like any Mainer I have ver heard - the character, a game warden in Maine, is interesting, if not a bit naïve, and the story moves along quickly.

What did you like best about this story?

Repeat characters from the first book. I like that because you really get to know the perimeter characters, not just the main ones.

Which character – as performed by Henry Leyva – was your favorite?

The old guy, Charlie. I hope he sticks around in the next books of this series.

Any additional comments?

The two previous reviews that harped about the narrators accent were wrong. The narrator did a great job with the Maine accents. If he pronounced the names of places in Maine wrong, who cares?! Get over yourselves. Henry adds a lot to the story and does a great job.

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  • VerusX
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 10-27-12

The reader destroys this book

Loved first book in this series but can't stand to listen to this reader and his phony Maine accents. I have lived in the area for over 30 years and his accents are very annoying but worse is his reading voice, almost in possible to follow the story. Very sad, I was looking forward to this book. I guess I have learned to listen to the sample first before buying.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 08-27-14

Second book featuring Mike Bowditch

This is  Paul Doiron's second book featuring Mike Bowditch - a Maine Game Warden.  ( The first was The Poacher's Son)


It opens  with a routine radio call that  he can’t respond to immediately as he is engaged in sorting out an incident of vandalism and  trespass. A passerby has phoned to say that a car has struck a deer.

Mike’s nightmare begins when he ends up driving to the scene an hour later, only to find that both the deer and the driver have vanished. The next day, he finds the driver, raped and murdered at a crime scene that is very similar to that of one seven years before.


Mike Bowditch cannot leave the case to the state police and starts out on his own quest to solve the mystery.


Since game wardens, especially if they’ve found dead bodies, aren’t supposed to get involved in murder cases, Mike has a series of challenges ahead of him, including his fragile personal relationship with schoolteacher Sarah.


I found the book slightly predictable (you know from the start that Bowditch is going to do things his own way and listen to no one) but still enjoyable to listen to.