The Poacher's Son

The Poacher's Son

Book - 2010
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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, he 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. But the only way for Mike to save his father 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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780312671143
9780312558468
0312558465
Characteristics: viii, 324 p. ;,25 cm.

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caj1222204441801
Feb 18, 2016

This author went beyond my expectations. It was great!!! Hope to see more books from him.

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djkronk
Nov 26, 2015

For a first book, I thought this was very interesting and well written. I'm looking forward to reading others in this series.

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Blabbermouth
Feb 17, 2015

This was well written. Lovely & descriptive writing of both scenery & people. I'm interested in reading another Mike Bowditch story. I'm hoping Mike develops & matures. Sure hope he doesn't become one of those grumpy, intolerant, dysfunctional lawmen who have stopped telling right from wrong & have to do everything their way. Looking forward to seeing how he goes.

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Lakes4
Aug 18, 2014

Well-written. Sometimes too much information, but overall an easy, interesting story with twists.

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Onewhoissaved
Nov 20, 2013

This first in a series about Main game warden Mike Bowditch is quite stirring and well worth reading. I can see why Paul Doiron won an award for the inaugural book. I also read book number two (Trespasser) and was very impressed by it too. C.J. Box has a definite rival in Paul Doiron.

BrownPoohBear Feb 28, 2013

I'm not sure if I didn't enjoy this book as much as Dark Little Falls and his other works, simply because it was the first book of the Mike Bowditch Series and I had already read two others out of order. I felt it was well written but it was dragging to get to the climax. I wasn't that impressed with this book but then later I found out it was his very first novel. Not my favorite but I am looking forward to him writing another one of the Mike Bowditch Mystery Novels.

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pitkerro
Oct 26, 2012

Didn't find the main character's reactions authentic for a 23-year-old.

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deRougemont
Oct 15, 2012

Excellent thriller by a new author. Some parts of the book, particularly in the early going seem to bog down a bit, but it all comes together well once the story takes flight. The characters are engaging, the sense of place is wonderful. Call this book the revenge of the East. Clearly points out that not all the wild country is in places like Wyoming or the southwest. Northern Maine is as wild as it gets. The really good news is that this is the first book in a series.

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MonicaKT
Jan 01, 2012

Excellent read - really enjoyed this book - looking forward to whatever else Paul Doiron publishes.

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emerge
May 22, 2011

Great first book by this author. It starts a little slow, but you care about Mike, a game warden with a troubled past that comes back to more than haunt him.
He has to decide how much loyalty you owe a parent, even one that was never there. It also means facing just how much you may be like them & it's not flattering.
Will definitely pick up the sequel.

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