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.
Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of
estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous
-his own father.
Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to
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
comes the next morning from the police: They are
for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night
-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 Jackâ€™s brutality, but is the man capable
murder? Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy
alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the
men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a
runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who
claims to be Jackâ€™s mistress but who seems to be guarding
more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his
father now is to find the real killerâ€”-which could mean
putting everyone he loves in the line of fire.
The Poacherâ€™s Son is a sterling debut of literary
Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series
featuring Mike Bowditch.