THE POACHER'S SON: MIKE BOWDITCH MYSTERIES (VOLUME 1)
Author: Paul Doiron
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), Apr 2010
Game warden Mike Bowditch finds a voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, 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---& his father is their prime suspect. 6x9 inches; 336 pgs.
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---& his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, & 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 & alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, & 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 & engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
?With precise & evocative prose, Paul Doiron weaves a riveting tale set deep in the wilderness that can be the tenuous bond between father & son. This is a compelling, moving, & utterly impressive debut!?---Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand & Fog
?A gripping, original, & literate tale of love & loyalty, betrayal & redemption. You won?t want to put it down.?---John Lescroart, author of A Plague of Secrets
?The Poacher?s Son is one of the best-written debut novels I?ve read in years. This story has it all---a great plot, a wonderful Maine woods setting, & a truly remarkable & believable cast of characters.?---Nelson DeMille, author of The Gate House
?A fast-paced outdoor adventure filled with murder, betrayal, & a terrific sense of place. Welcome aboard, Mr. Doiron.?---C. J. Box, Edgar Award--winning author of Blue Heaven
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul Doiron is the editor-in-chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, & he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide & lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist. Please visit his Web site at www.pauldoiron.com.