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The disappearance of Mike Bowditch’s beloved mentor reveals an ominous connection to a 15-year-old cold case in One Last Lie, the new thriller from best-selling Edgar Award finalist Paul Doiron.

“Never trust a man without secrets.” These are the last words retired game warden Charley Stevens speaks to his surrogate son, Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch, before the old man vanishes without explanation. Mike suspects his friend’s mysterious departure has to do with an antique warden badge that recently resurfaced at a flea market - a badge connected to a cold case from Charley’s past that the Maine Warden Service would rather forget.

Fifteen years ago, a young warden was sent on an undercover mission to infiltrate a notorious poaching ring and never returned. He was presumed dead, but his body was never recovered. Mike is desperate to find Charley before he meets a similar fate. His investigation brings him to the miles of forest and riverside towns along the Canadian border - but he soon learns that even his fellow wardens have secrets to keep. And Charley’s past isn’t the only one coming to light; his daughter, Stacey, has resurfaced to search for her missing father, and Mike must grapple with the return of the woman he once thought was gone forever.

Forced to question his faith in the man he sees as a father, Mike must reopen a cold case that powerful people - one of whom may be a killer - will do anything to keep closed.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

©2020 Paul Doiron (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Fast paced and suspenseful...

One Last Lie by Paul Doiron is an excellent addition to the Mike Bowditch series. The publisher’s summary gives a very good overview of what you can expect.
There’s not a whole lot I could add with out giving away spoilers.
This book can be listened to as a stand alone but I would suggest listening to the series in order. There are so many continuing relationships that I think you get more out of each story with background knowledge.
This book begins with Mike going to Florida on Maine business. He hooks up with Charley Stevens daughter. While there he gets a call from Charley’s wife telling him that Charley has disappeared. Keeping everything secretive Charley has gone off to solve a 30 year old murder. Unasked, Mike follows his friend and mentor into Maine wilderness where the people are more dangerous than the wildlife.
Meanwhile, back at home Mike’s girlfriend is hospitalized and he might not make it back in time if she dies.
Henry Leyva does an outstanding job narrating.
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The series crashed!

I really enjoyed all the prior books in this series . But the plot of this one was interminable! Boring, uneventful, long winded, it was so bad they had to explain it at the end. Truly a bad book.

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Audio chapters didn’t lineup

For example it starts on chapter 3 but the reader said prologue.... out of sync

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Disappointed!

Normally, I love Mike Boditch stories. This was awful. Boring and confusing from the very start. I was determined to finish it and still don't know what I listened to. Save your credit or your money!

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Another excellent story

Great storyline and I love the characters. Entertaining. I enjoy the descriptions of Maine. Looking forward to the next installment.

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Great book!

Paul Doiron wrote another great one! Mike Bowditch and Charlie Stevens at it again.
Henry Leyva was great narrator! Must read/listen!

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Another Lie

The idea of the author using snapshots of nature during the unfolding of the book was appealing to me. However, when Doiron described a tree being killed by moss growing on it, a red flag went up for me. This is a myth, not reality. Others have described the book as interminable, and I would agree. Glad to hear that he has other books that are better, but not sure I will risk it!

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One last lie is one of my favorites!!

I love this book! One of my favorites. If you like game warden books, Maine, or just good crime story this is the book for you!

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Backwoods mystery

great story that was suggested by my Mom who grew up in the area. Turned out to be a great crime story and from some of the stories my Dad told me makes it that much more believable. nice try with the accents

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Excellent Listen!

I've seen great improvement in this author's books and have either listened to or read them all as soon as they become available. This one was above and beyond ; not only did he nail "the county", the reader did an excellent job nailing the language nuances. Well done!

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An incredible whodunnit!

This is quite possibly the greatest Mike Bowditch novel yet!
Paul Doiron’s characters were taken to new places with favourites going right out of the readers expectations but never disappointing and not without the best intentions and motivations

Like all the great detective stories, who you think is to blame isn’t always and just when you think you’ve got it, the rug gets pulled out from under you

Absolutely loved this story and the performance was brilliant too - excellently done Mr Doiron and Mr Leyva!