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While on patrol one foggy March evening, Bowditch receives a call for help. A woman has reportedly struck a deer on a lonely coast road. When the game warden arrives on the scene, he finds blood in the road—but both the driver and the deer have vanished. And the state trooper assigned to the accident appears strangely unconcerned. The details of the disappearance seem eerily familiar. Seven years earlier, a jury convicted lobsterman Erland Jefferts of the rape and murder of a wealthy college student and sentenced him to life in prison. For all but his most fanatical defenders, justice was served. But when the missing woman is found brutalized in a manner that suggests Jefferts may have been framed, Bowditch receives an ominous warning from state prosecutors to stop asking questions.
For Bowditch, whose own life was recently shattered by a horrific act of violence, doing nothing is not an option. His clandestine investigation reopens old wounds between Maine locals and rich summer residents and puts both his own life and that of the woman he loves in jeopardy. As he closes in on his quarry, he suddenly discovers how dangerous his opponents are, and how far they will go to prevent him from bringing a killer to justice.
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By Byron on 07-10-13
Maine Game Warden solves murder!!
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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By Michelle on 08-07-14
If you can't do an accent well, just DON'T
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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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By Amazon Customer on 08-27-14
Second book featuring Mike Bowditch
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.