Bad Little Falls (Mike Bowditch Series #3)

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Anthony- and Edgar-award nominated author Paul Doiron delivers another “masterpiece of high-octane narrative” (Booklist) with his newest harrowing thriller about the hunt for a murderer at the height of a major snowstorm

 

 

Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been sent into exile,

transferred by his superiors to a remote ...

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Overview

Anthony- and Edgar-award nominated author Paul Doiron delivers another “masterpiece of high-octane narrative” (Booklist) with his newest harrowing thriller about the hunt for a murderer at the height of a major snowstorm

 

 

Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been sent into exile,

transferred by his superiors to a remote outpost on the Canadian

border. When a blizzard descends on the coast, Bowditch is

called to the rustic cabin of a terrified couple. A raving and halffrozen

man has appeared at their door, claiming his friend is lost

in the storm. But what starts as a rescue mission in the wilderness

soon becomes a baffling murder investigation. The dead man is a

notorious drug dealer, and state police detectives suspect it was

his own friend who killed him. Bowditch isn’t so sure, but his

vow not to interfere in the case is tested when he finds himself

powerfully attracted to a beautiful woman with a dark past and

a troubled young son. The boy seems to know something about

what really happened in the blizzard, but he is keeping his secrets

locked in a cryptic notebook, and Mike fears for the safety of the

strange child. Meanwhile, an anonymous tormentor has decided

to make the new warden’s life a living hell. Alone and outgunned,

Bowditch turns for assistance to his old friend, the legendary

bush pilot Charley Stevens. But in this snowbound landscape—

where smugglers wage blood feuds by night—help seems very

far away indeed. If Bowditch is going to catch a killer, he must

survive on his own wits and discover strength he never knew he

possessed.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Bad Little Falls is a jewel of a book.  Doiron has gotten it all magnificently right: a hell of a good mystery, beautifully drawn landscape and characters so evocatively written they follow you off the page.  Buy this.  The guy can write.” —Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of Rope
Publishers Weekly
The excellent third novel from Edgar-finalist Dorion featuring game warden Mike Bowditch (after 2011’s Trespasser) finds Bowditch in Maine’s equivalent of Siberia, depressed Washington County, to which he was transferred after he became an embarrassment to the powers-that-be by shooting a murderer in self-defense. Bowditch’s strict approach to enforcing licensing regulations soon earns him the enmity of some locals, one of whom affixes a coyote’s pelt to his door as a warning. One winter night, while driving home through a blizzard, the warden receives a call from the man at whose house he just had dinner, veterinarian Doc Larrabee, who needs his help with a person suffering from a severe case of frostbite. Larrabee reports that the victim of the cold, who appeared at a neighbor’s house, managed to communicate, despite his grave condition, that he had a companion. The search for that missing companion involves Bowditch in a murder case with some truly wicked twists. Dorion matches strong characters with effective prose and subtle characterizations. Fans of Steve Hamilton’s Alex McKnight series, likewise set in a remote region close to Canada, will find a lot to like. Author tour. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

“Henry Leyva gives a solid performance in this third book in the Mike Bowditch mystery series…Leyva’s varied Maine accents are convincing and interesting and make each character distinct…Leyva is at his best, however, portraying the complicated Bowditch with a quiet, even voice that captures the capable but struggling game warden.” – Audiofile Magazine

“When you combine the expertise of Doiron and the seasoned vocal talents of Henry Leyva (and his authentic Maine accents), we can’t help but feel like we’re on a ride along with Mike Bowditch, flying over the wilderness, being saturated with skunk spray, and trudging through the snow, as he tracks down a murderer and uncovers a deeply guarded secret.” – New World Review

Kirkus Reviews
Now that he's antagonized every other lawman in the state of Maine (Trespasser, 2011, etc.), game warden Mike Bowditch gets exiled to Washington County, the Down East territory where nothing ever happens. Things happen. A snowy dinner with Doc Larrabee, the elderly veterinarian who's one of the few people on speaking terms with Mike, and Doc's friend, survivalist/professor Kevin Kendrick, ends when Doc, somewhat the worse for liquor, asks Mike to respond with him to his neighbor Ben Sprague's call for help. Seems that someone has staggered out of the blizzard into the Spragues' home and told Ben and his wife, Doris, a wild story about a friend he left wandering out in the snow. The someone, Mike realizes on their arrival, is Prester Sewall, brother of local beauty Jamie Sewall, who's constitutionally drawn to all the wrong men, from her bullying little ex Mitch Munro, father of her son Lucas, to Randall Cates, the drug dealer she's been seeing most recently. The friend, Mike soon discovers when he and Kevin go looking for him, is Randall Cates. His death, which seems at first like a happy ending for Jamie, looks both backward to the overdose last year of college student Trinity Raye and forward to the consequences of Mike's fatal attraction to Jamie. The story's ultimate import becomes clear only after more bad weather, some truly ugly surprises and the obligatory standoffs between Mike and everyone capable of fighting with him. A high-stakes, high-tension yarn in which you keep wishing everything would turn out fine for the deeply flawed, deeply sympathetic hero even though you know it won't.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250031471
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: Mike Bowditch Series , #3
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 141,319
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Doiron

Bestselling author PAUL DOIRON is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher's Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist. Please visit his Web site at www.pauldoiron.com.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    Bad Little Falls does not disappoint!

    Paul Doiron is an excellent writer who takes the reader right into the setting he is writing about. The story is set in Washington County in Maine where Mike is helping a beautiful woman with a dark past and her troubled young son who is growing up in a broken home which is riddled with drug and alcohol abuse.

    As Mike is deep in the middle of a murder investigation which happens during a severe snowstorm, Doiron's description of the storm makes you feel like you are also a victim of this extreme weather condition.

    This is the third book in the Mike Bowditch series. I love reading about Mike (and his flawed personality) who continually grows in each book of the series. He is constantly searching for his soul mate but can't seem to get his act together. But these characteristics make him a very lovable game warden.

    Read Bad Little Falls and you will not be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Excellant

    Enjoyed the entire read. Have now ordered "Trespasser" which is #2 in the series. Story line holds your attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    All of his books are amazing

    All of his books are amazing

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    Mike Bowditch is a Maine Game warden who constantly finds himsel

    Mike Bowditch is a Maine Game warden who constantly finds himself in conflict with his superiors.  Being the infamous son of a dangerous man, now deceased--THE POACHER'S SON---does not help Mike's reputation.  He has just recently been relegated to the "Down East" northernmost section of Maine, where people are dirt poor, mostly uneducated, and surrounded with illegal drug trade from Canada.  Drugs and alcohol are a way of life for many of these folks, and a national floundering economy isn't helping matters.




    Mike is called out on a cold winter's blustery day because a half frozen man has shown up on a couples' door step, claiming that his friend is missing in the snow.  The friend is found dead, and presumed murdered.  Once again, the police should takes things over at this point, but friends and other relationships keep Mike in the center of everything.  He even becomes involved with the half frozen man's beautiful sister and her strange 12 year old son.  Actually, this unusually lone boy's copious journals plays a very important roll in the story, with excerpts written into this book. 




    Descriptions of characters and scenery bring the reader right into the century of the story. So much so, that on the hottest day of the year in my area, I was left feeling cold as descriptions of snow drifts, ice ponds, and frost bit filled these pages.  Mike's  life and experiences with nature and the people of Maine grows more interesting with each further adventure.  Good, evil, and the intermingling  of the failings of mankind in day to day life should make for many more tales in this series.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Recommended but wear snow shoes

    Read all three in the "Mike Bowditch" series. Good stories but, by the time I got through with the third book, I felt as though I was reading an on-going weather report.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Flawed protagonist

    Mike, the protagonist, is so flawed that reading about him is almost painful. The plot is run of the mill.

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