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In this original short story in the Mike Bowditch mystery series, Mike is drawn into the story of a gruesome case from his mentor Charley Steven’s past.

Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch accompanies his old friend and mentor, retired bush pilot Charley Stevens, as he pays a visit to a mysterious woman, the widow of a Vietnam vet, living in isolation in the Maine wilderness. Many years earlier, she had called Charley, then a young game warden himself, for help. She claimed that her badly bleeding husband had been attacked by a rabid bat. 

But in the succeeding days, despite her husband's increasingly erratic and aggressive behavior, his wife resisted Charley's attempts to help, arousing his suspicions that more was going on than met the eye. Was the husband the victim of rabies, or was he suffering from post traumatic stress disorder? The situation finally erupted into horrific violence, leaving everyone involved deeply scarred. In the devastating finale to "Rabid", Charley reveals to Mike how he uncovered the awful truth about what actually happened in their home so many years before.

©2018 Paul Doiron (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Excellent!

It was a joy to have a deeper knowledge of some of the characters we know and love and the experiences that built them.

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Suspense held to the very end! I never expected the turn it made, but understood the times in that era.

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Too easy to figure out

Love the Mike Bowditch series, but he gave away the ending near the beginning.

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Love this Maine author

As a Mainer, I love all things Doiron! Just wish this one was a little bit longer.

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Goes along well with The Mike Bowditch series

A wonderful way to pass the time on a car ride. The book check you intrested the whole time I love the series

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Stays With You

I am not normally fond of short stories, however I do read ones by my favorite authors. This story was the exception. It was absorbing from the first words. Since I was already familiar with the characters from Paul Doiron's novels, I was into the story immediately. The narration was excellent and the story was just the right length. A pleasure to listen to.

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Short but good

If you like the Mike Bowditch series, you'll definitely like this shirt story. Same great setting and great characters.