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 poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before - and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty. Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack's brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack's mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now is to find the real killer - which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire. The Poacher's Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.
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Very good writer -
The Poacher’s Son
Under ten hours of listening, narrated by Henry Leyva.
There are several reviews of the audiobook that are critical of accents. Guess I’m just not that picky, because it didn’t bother me. The main character has a bland midwestern ‘accent’. The other Maine characters sound fine to me, a pretty good effort on the part of the narrator to make the characters unique. Besides, everybody in the northeast US talks funny, don’t they? So I guess unless you are actually from that area, you’re not going to have a problem with narration … Henry Leyva is pretty good, in my opinion … and I’ve listened to thousands of audiobooks. There. Shoot me.
The story is that of a Maine wildlife warden, son of a worthless, narcassistic man who is an abusive, backwoods, poaching drunk. But, hey … he’s ‘dad’, and accused of murder. Faithful son, the wildlife warden who hasn’t heard from dad in years, is compelled to believe in dad’s innocence. Thus is the thrust of The Poacher’s Son.
There are a few spots that caused my eyes to glaze, flashbacks to childhood, etc., areas that didn’t move the story forward, in my opinion. But, for the most part, this is an interesting who-done-it. Learned a bit about Maine and there are nice passages about the backwoods and beauty of the area. According to Doiron, the weather is very warm/hot … huh, would ‘a thought snowy.
A nice listen, worth the listen. Enjoy!