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The Poacher's Son

The Poacher's Son, May 2010
Mike Bowditch #1
by Paul Doiron

Minotaur Books
Featuring: Mike Bowditch
336 pages
ISBN: 0312558465
EAN: 9780312558468
Kindle: B003JTHYOE
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A clean, crisp thriller with excellent plot development and multiple twists."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Poacher's Son
Paul Doiron

Reviewed by Vicky Gilpin
Posted April 19, 2010

Thriller Crime

Michael Bowditch has tried to use his forest savvy in beneficial ways rather than harmful ones: he became a game warden rather than a poacher like his father. He rarely talks to his father because doing so would always seem to land him into trouble. However, from the point when he receives a frantic call on his answering machine, Mike learns that a bar fight or poaching situation are small beans in comparison. His dad has been accused of being a cop-killer, and Mike's unwavering trust that his father would not be that stupid leads him to make some less-than- stellar decisions of his own. He puts his career and relationships in jeopardy while trying to hunt for his father. The more entangled he gets in stories of land- piracy, backroom deals and love gone bad, the less sense the situation makes and the more desperate Mike is to find his father in his second home, the woods.

THE POACHER'S SON is a clean, crisp tale with excellent plot development and multiple twists and turns.

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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, 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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