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The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Doiron
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Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father.



Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living from poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: they are searching for a cop-killer - and Mike's father is their prime suspect.



Now, alienated from the woman he loves and shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand of his father's brutality, but is he capable of murder? Desperate and alone, the only way for Mike to save his father is to find the real killer - which could mean putting everyone he loves into the line of fire...


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    "[An] excellent debut . . . filled with murder, betrayal, and a terrific sense of place."--C. J. Box

    ." . . stunning vistas . . . eye-popping scenes."--"New York Times Book Review"

    "With precise and evocative prose, Paul Doiron weaves a riveting tale set deep in the wilderness that can be the tenuous bond between father and son. This is a compelling, moving, and utterly impressive debut!"--Andre Dubus III, author of "The House of Sand and Fog"

    ""The Poacher's Son" is a gripping, original, and literate tale of love and loyalty, betrayal and redemption. You won't want to put it down."--John Lescroart, author of "A Plague of Secrets"

    "One of the best-written debut novels I've read in years. This story has it all--a great plot, a wonderful Maine woods setting, and a truly remarkable and believable cast of characters."--Nelson DeMille, author of "The Gate House"

    "Doiron takes a provocative look at the ties between fathers and sons, unconditional love, and Maine's changing landscape in his outstanding debut. . . . Fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr will appreciate the vivid wilderness scenes."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

    ""The Poacher's Son" is a haunting tale, and Paul Doiron is a powerful and evocative writer."--Tess Gerritsen, author of "The Keepsake"

    "Paul Doiron is a spellbinding new storyteller whose literate, intelligent novel will have readers begging for more."--Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of "I Shall Not Want"

    "A Maine Game Warden [Mike Bowditch] fights to clear his no-account father of murder charges in this deeply felt actioner. . . . His decision leads to a series of disastrously self-destructive actions that Doiron makes perfectly credible, all interspersed with a series of flashbacks to Mike's childhood that are both tender and chilling. C.J. Box goes East. Like Box, Doiron will have his hands full trying to top his accomplished debut."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

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    Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father. The first in a brand new series featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch.

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    46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut and a fine writer 9 Oct. 2012
    By Strv 74
    Format:Paperback
    This is the first book in a series about a Maine Game Warden. He is just 24 years old and just starting his career in the forests of Maine. The Story is about his father being accused of killing two people and his son trying to cope with that. Paul Doiron, the author, is from Maine and the way he describes the area in the book is just about perfect. You get a real feeling for the territory and the people living there.

    The Story is a little slow to begin with but it is so well written that you just want to read on to see what is happening. This is not a CIS type of mystery and there are no serial killers but Mr Doiron manages to make the story interesting from both a human as well as a criminal viewpoint. The End is a real explosion of events and it contains a number of surprises. This is a very good start of a new series. I have already bought the other two books he has written and will continue to follow the events of Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch in the future.
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    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing mystery with great characters 11 Nov. 2012
    By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Mike Bowditch is a game warden in Maine. His parents split up when he was nine and he has had only sporadic contact with his maverick father over the years. Late one night a message is left on his answerphone from his father, Jack. The next morning he hears that two men have been shot and killed in northern Maine (one of whom is a warden) and that a manhunt is on for his father who is the prime suspect. While Mike's colleagues have no doubt about Jack's guilt, Mike finds it impossible to believe that his father could be a murderer. It seems that the only way to clear his father's name is to investigate the murders himself, even if it means throwing his career away.

    What makes this book stand out are two things: the rounded and believable characters and the way that the Maine wilderness is so vividly depicted. It's a pleasure to read. The central mystery unfolds slowly but stays intriguing throughout. At one stage I thought it was going to unfold in a predictable fashion but I can honestly say I was completely wrong in my guess about how it was going to come together. I understand that this is the first in a series about Mike Bowditch and I plan to read the others.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great find! 12 Jan. 2013
    By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Another crime thriller that paves the way for the arrival of a potentially great series featuring the character of Mike Bowditch, a young Maine game warden, thrust into an investigation where the chief suspect is his estranged father. With, at times, lyrical prose and a sense of location that eloquently portrays the natural beauty of backwoods Maine, this novel held my attention throughout and here's why...

    What this book most movingly conveys is a young man's struggle, at the beginning of what could be a promising career, to balance the demands of his profession with the demands of family loyalty. Despite his dysfunctional upbringing at the hands of his entirely irresponsible father, the nagging sense of duty Mike experiences to defend his father's name when implicated in a senseless murder, leads him into an emotional case that could be the undoing of his own career. Mike experiences a maelstrom of emotions that cause him to act very much out of character, but highlight his single minded determination to not only solve the case but attempt to lay to reast the ghosts of his past life. As Mike disobeys the edicts of his superiors to track down his father on the run through the wild terrain, he takes an uncomfortable journey back to the source of his uneasy relationship with his father to determine his father's guilt or innocence, with other formerly peripheral figures from his formative years, having their own part to play in his search for the truth. The characterisation is perfectly weighted throughout the book, not only in the central charaters of Mike and his father, but by those who seek to help or hinder this troubled young man in his emotionally difficult case. There are two particularly well-realised female characters in the novel.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a New Series 30 Jan. 2013
    By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    The Poacher's Son is the first book in Paul Doiron's series featuring Mike Bowditch - a Maine Game Warden and was originally published in 2010.

    It was the winner of the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel as well as being nominated for the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Thriller Award, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the Maine Literary Award for Best Fiction of 2010.

    This hardback edition has been published in the UK by Constable & Robinson - C&R Crime and was on sale from 17 January 2013.

    Mike Bowditch is a rookie Maine game warden who finds himself involved in a murder investigation and a man-hunt. Two men have been killed in cold-blood and the prime suspect is Jack Bowditch - a hard-drinking, violent man who also happens to be Mike's father. Despite the fact that Jack was never a great father figure and that they have not even spoken for two years, Mike is pulled in two directions. He wants to believe that his father is innocent, he needs to prove that Jack has been set-up, but he is also a law-enforcement officer and has to abide by the rules.

    The plot is fast-paced with many twists and turns, introducing red-herrings and new characters throughout the story. It is a well thought out and often thrilling tale and Mike is a great lead character, if a little flawed. Throughout the story, there are flash-backs to Mike's childhood - these scenes allow the reader to gain some insight into how and why he became a game warden - in total contrast to his father's 'career' as a poacher. Mike is not the best investigator in the world and has a lot to learn, but this is the first in a series and I'm hoping that his character will grow and mature over the course of it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars as this is a new series it might take two ...
    as this is a new series it might take two or three books for characters tio fall into place . i do not think it will rivael the joe pickett series
    Published 3 months ago by anthony otway
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    An ok read
    Published 5 months ago by mrs patricia hazenberg-morris
    4.0 out of 5 stars Give it time
    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Joe Pickett from CJ Box I was thinking that this would be a copy type of book. It is, in a way. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by S. Ivory
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great book
    Published 7 months ago by ALAN FENTON
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    Published 7 months ago by C. T. Green
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    Published 8 months ago by fine
    4.0 out of 5 stars having read the excellent C J Box sreies
    Just came across this by accident, having read the excellent C J Box sreies, I was more than pleasently surprised as to how good this book was - right up there with the best. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Brian Connolly
    5.0 out of 5 stars Look out CJ BOX
    Good action drama and intrigue with a few surprises.Mike Bowditch is an interesting character in a similar style to Joe Picket
    (by CJ Box) but as yet a little immature... Read more
    Published 11 months ago by JohnEP
    3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting a bit more!
    The story never seemed to get going I was expecting more suspense. However I did find it easy to read and follow, therefore I would probably try another of his novels.
    Published 15 months ago by Uncle Lucius
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
    Well written and good story and good ending. Kept me from reading game of thrones. Will read more by this author.
    Published 19 months ago by kitsontribe
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