This is Paul Doiron's second book featuring Mike Bowditch - a Maine Game Warden. ( The first was The Poacher's Son)
It opens with a routine radio call that he can’t respond to immediately as he is engaged in sorting out an incident of vandalism and trespass. A passerby has phoned to say that a car has struck a deer.
Mike’s nightmare begins when he ends up driving to the scene an hour later, only to find that both the deer and the driver have vanished. The next day, he finds the driver, raped and murdered at a crime scene that is very similar to that of one seven years before.
Mike Bowditch cannot leave the case to the state police and starts out on his own quest to solve the mystery.
Since game wardens, especially if they’ve found dead bodies, aren’t supposed to get involved in murder cases, Mike has a series of challenges ahead of him, including his fragile personal relationship with schoolteacher Sarah.
I found the book slightly predictable (you know from the start that Bowditch is going to do things his own way and listen to no one) but still enjoyable to listen to.