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Not as strong as the first two in the series
on 4 December 2012
This is the third book in Paul Doiron's series about Mike Bowditch, a game warden based in Maine. The series began with The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch 1). While Bad Little Falls can be read as a standalone novel, you'll probably enjoy it more if you've read the previous two books in the series.
After the events of the last two books, Mike has been transferred to a remote northern corner of Maine. Once again he is embroiled in a murder investigation and things become complicated when he is romantically attracted to a family member of the chief suspect. Mike's propensity to make rash decisions again lands him in hot water and he once again he finds himself in a situation where he is operating with little support from his colleagues nor a sense of who he can trust.
This is not a bad book, but nor is it as good as the first two in the series. The central mystery is dragged out and none of the main characters are at all likeable. It does retain the sense of place that is so strong in Doiron's writing. I like this series, and I'm interested to see where Doiron will take it, but so far it doesn't live up to the similar series by Steve Hamilton about a retired cop living in Northern Michigan.