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"Bad Little Falls", is an outstanding mystery set in a small town in the wilds of Downeast Maine. It revolves around a recurring character named Mike Bowditch, a registered Maine Guide (like the author, Paul Doiron), and a Maine Game Warden, and a member of the state's law enforcement, who, through the previous novel, has been reassigned to one of the remotest areas of the state, and perhaps, the U.S.
It starts in the middle of a severe winter, as if there any other kind there, as the sleeping town of Machias, the shire town of Washington County, discovers the activities of certain insomniac and dangerously troubled members of it's tiny community.
The writing is descriptive and heartfelt. The area residents are by and large, desperately poor, and easily taken advantage of. There are some very bad people here as well, and Mike Bowditch, a fish out of water (again, as detailed in Doiron's first novel, "The Poacher's Son"), though a big fish taken to a small pond, falls in to protect a single mother and her odd son from several human predators. It's a cracking good mystery, and read masterfully by Henry Leyva, who performs the unique Downeast accent with grace and respect, as well as Rene Auberjonois, to this listener's ear. I live nearby, down near Acadia National Park, and it's an incredibly complex drawl, but Leyva couldn't have sounded so authentic without Mr. Doiron's careful ear for the language of this far-flung area.
I highly recommend this, and look forward to another chapter in the life of Mike Bowditch, as he explores his new bailiwick.
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Mike Bowditch is a Maine Game warden who constantly finds himself in conflict with his superiors. Being the infamous son of a dangerous man, now deceased--THE POACHER'S SON---does not help Mike's reputation. He has just recently been relegated to the "Down East" northernmost section of Maine, where people are dirt poor, mostly uneducated, and surrounded with illegal drug trade from Canada. Drugs and alcohol are a way of life for many of these folks, and a national floundering economy isn't helping matters.
Mike is called out on a cold winter's blustery day because a half frozen man has shown up on a couples' door step, claiming that his friend is missing in the snow. The friend is found dead, and presumed murdered. Once again, the police should takes things over at this point, but friends and other relationships keep Mike in the center of everything. He even becomes involved with the half frozen man's beautiful sister and her strange 12 year old son. Actually, this unusually lone boy's copious journals plays a very important roll in the story, with excerpts written into this book.
Descriptions of characters and scenery bring the reader right into the century of the story. So much so, that on the hottest day of the year in my area, I was left feeling cold as descriptions of snow drifts, ice ponds, and frost bit filled these pages. Mike's life and experiences with nature and the people of Maine grows more interesting with each further adventure. Good, evil, and the intermingling of the failings of mankind in day to day life should make for many more tales in this series.
The accents were superbe with this audio version. Truly added to the enjoyment of this book!!!
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it has been a while since I read the first two books in this series but I remember them as being engaging and having full characterisation that engendered empathy. This book was disappointing. it did not live up to the previous ones.