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'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...
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.
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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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.
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.
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