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Trespasser (Mike Bowditch #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,879 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
In Paul Doiron’s riveting follow-up to his Edgar Award–nominated novel, The Poacher's Son, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch’s quest to find a missing woman leads him through a forest of lies in search of a killer who may have gotten away with murder once before.

While on patrol one foggy March evening, Bowditch receives a call for help. A woman has reportedly struck a deer
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Minotaur Books
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May 21, 2011 Shelly rated it really liked it
I haven't read the Poacher's Son so this was my first book by Doiron and it was an excellent read! I did not feel like I was jumping into the middle of a series so it can be a stand-alone novel.

Doiron's writing style is quite easy to slip into. You jump into the story and race to the end. I loved the suspense and was actually so involved in different aspects of the story that I didn't solve the case until the author tied it together for me. That's rare for me, an avid reader.

I loved the seconda
Apr 27, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: crime
I'm obviously biased!
Sep 24, 2011 Stacy rated it it was ok
Shelves: police-fiction
First, let me admit that I started skipping pages about 2/3 through through book. I simply couldn't take the main character's idiocy any longer. The game warden consistently made the worst decision any time he was faced with an option. Often, Doiron would include Bowditch's thoughts, which included the agreement that it was a bad decision. His drinking, his stupidity, his denial...I finally reached the point where I couldn't stand it and just had to get through the ending. Bottom line: It was ok ...more
Rick Fisher
Aug 01, 2013 Rick Fisher rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
So, realistically, no character in a novel is or should be perfect. As we are ourselves, they come with flaws, whether they be character related, mental lapses or physical imperfections. Such is life. But, damn, some of them can be aggravating as all hell when we read about them in our books.
This is the second in the Mike Bowditch, Maine game warden series. And, this series is growing on me. I am enjoying the plotlines, the characters, the scenery of Maine, the dialogue. It's all good. But, th
Mark Stevens
Dec 19, 2011 Mark Stevens rated it liked it
Mike Bowditch is not a happy camper. We learned in "The Poacher's Son" that sadness is a "perpetual condition." Bowditch doesn't de-gloom in "Trespasser." There's a "gnawing uncertainty" to his world. But he understands his job: "Ultimately, my job wasn't about animals at all. It was about people--and the cruelties they will commit when no one is watching."

Much of "Trespasser" revolves around a years-old murder investigation in Maine and this allows Bowditch to dive back through an old case--wi
Sep 02, 2012 Eric_W rated it liked it
A friend mentioned that Paul Doiron, who writes a series with a game warden as hero much as does CJ Box, is wildly popular in Maine where this series takes place. So what the hell, I’ll try virtually anything. It’s pretty good once you get past the hunter vs the rest of us cultural baggage. Hunters apparently develop a certain paranoia for the rest of society whom they believe regard them as bambi killers so we are de rigueur treated to an explanation of why it’s important to have hunting so as ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, maine
I liked this a lot, but maybe I am biased from being a Maine resident, so I'll put out a cautious 3 star rating. This is the second of three mysteries featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. It’s alluring to me to have an opportunity to explore a new writer who portrays the Maine environment and its odd mix of poor hardscrabble natives and wealthy people from away. The Maine way of life, geography, and seasonal changes become a character in this this tale.

Called to a deer collision at a remote site
Jul 07, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting with great anticipation for the latest installment of the Warden Mike Bowditch series from author Paul Doiron. His debut novel, The Poacher's Son, which was released last year was a fabulous thriller. Trespasser is just as good if not better. I love the character Mike Bowditch. He stumbles through life, a bit of a rebel, not really sure how to handle his relationship with his girl, but with a great need to do his job properly. His instincts are always dead on...he knew he sho ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads-win
Thanks a bunch to Goodreads First-Reads for this free book I won through their giveaway. It is one of the best books I have read this year and Paul Doiron is my new favorite author.

Trespasser was an intense whodunit set on the coast of Maine and is the second book in the Mike Bowditch series. Doiron's first book, The Poacher's Son, was also a great book. Trespasser kept me guessing until the very end. I especially enjoyed the friendship between Mike, the young game warden, and Charley, the olde
May 18, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Finely edged plot. Like the series - not always the main characters "end wrap-up". But, hey! It's fiction! Light profanity, some sexual situations. Another officer with no belief in God. (I may have to change genres ... Or authors).
Kathleen Hagen
Trespasser, by Paul Doiron, A-minus, narrated by Henry Leyva, produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from

This is Doiron’s follow-up to his Edgar nominated “The Poacher’s Son”. Mike Bowditch still remains a game warden in the wilds of Maine. As he is driving around one night, he hears on the police radio that a woman has hit a deer. Knowing that this will create quite a mess, he goes to the scene. He finds one policeman there, but he seems oddly edgy and not too concerned about the
Nov 02, 2015 Don rated it really liked it
Sometimes, if I really like the first book in a series, I'm a bit hesitant to begin the second one for fear that it won't measure up. In this instance, I need not have worried.

As this book begins, Mike is called to an accident scene in which a woman and a deer are involved. When he arrives, however, the woman and deer are nowhere to be found; he finds only the car. AS the book unfolds, we learn that the murder seems similar to one which took place about seven years ago.

That doesn't give you mu
Oct 16, 2011 Sharonm rated it liked it
In this second mystery to feature Mike Bowditch, game warden, Mike is much harder to like than in the first book. At the start and end of the book, he is a sympathetic character, but his motivation for most the book is hard to fathom so he comes across as awfully self-centered. In this book, he is investigating a new murder as well as looking into a past murder, perhaps perpetrated by the same villain, all while he is at home supposedly on leave. In the first book, Bowditch's reason for becoming ...more
Matt Braymiller
Oct 10, 2016 Matt Braymiller rated it liked it
The second volume of the Mike Bowditch series is a good solid mystery. I am still not certain that I like the protagonist. He is almost wholly self-absorbed and only dimly aware of how his actions impact those around him. The supporting cast is still really good. I tend to favor supporting characters as a rule, so this series still has my interest even if I don't really care what becomes of Mike. I just want to know what happen next with Charley and Kathy. The fact that the plots have been prett ...more
Neil Mudde
Oct 15, 2011 Neil Mudde rated it it was amazing
My First book by Paul Doiron, and what an exciting read, could not put it down, even though I need to pack for my upcoming move, but let me keep my priorities straight,a well written book always comes first........ I hate to go into details of the story since it may spoil it for future readers, suffice it to say, the story will grip you right from page one, and simply build with momentum, until the final chapters, you are in for a rare treat. Must get his other book "The Poacher's Son"
Scott Collins
Aug 09, 2011 Scott Collins rated it really liked it
I got this one as part of a goodreads giveaway. I'm glad I did. Solid characters (I think I liked the various bad guys more than the protagonist :) ), great plot with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, and fantastic climax. Wonderful read that I'd recommend to anyone who likes mysteries/thrillers.

Jul 05, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it
I liked it but definitely not as good as his first "Maine Warden" book, THE POACHER'S SON. I've been reading Paul Doiron's writings for a long time now as he is the editor of Downeast Magazine, and I always enjoy his editorials. He definitely lived up to my expectations in his first book, but I was somewhat disappointed with this one. It just didn't flow easy for me.
A sequel that didn't disappoint!

I enjoyed the carryover from the first book. Same characters, but yet a deeper understanding of them. Looking forward to book 3!
Mar 16, 2012 Naomi added it
Shelves: postcard-quotes
p. 22 " A few days earlier, she'd sent me a postcard from the Hemingway house."
Oct 23, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Boy, I think this is going to be a very good mystery series, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest. I don't know what took me so long to discover Doiron. With that said, though, I did have some reservations with the first book. I felt young Mike was impulsive to a destructive degree. He seemed to have a lot of trouble with measured responses to provocations, whether that meant he unwisely shot off his mouth to the wrong people, telegraphed his suspicions to the really wrong people, or piss ...more
Nov 21, 2016 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Warden Bowditch is called out to an accident where a car hits a deer. When he gets there the driver is gone and so is the deer. He starts investigating and eventually finds the woman who was the driver is dead. He gets involved in the murder investigation which leads to the deaths of several other people and him getting injured.
He wrecks his boss's ATV, breaks his hand, and has people trying to get him to help them get a convicted killer set free. He believes the current murder us connected to t
Jan 07, 2017 Katie rated it really liked it
Entertaining quick read for those who like outdoors cop mysteries.
Jan 12, 2017 Bryan rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the Warden Mike Bowditch series from author Paul Doiron. I enjoyed lead character Mike Bowditch as stumbles through life. I will like him even better in subsequent books in this series, as he matures. This is an excellent series!
Oct 10, 2016 Margalo rated it liked it
Really enjoy the characters and the setting. The crimes were disturbingly horrific, but I admit I did not guess the killer until the end.
Aug 30, 2012 Kevintipple rated it really liked it
For Game Warden Mike Bowditch it has already been a very long day when he was told by dispatch about the possible car accident. Dispatcher Lori Williams says a deer was killed in the impact but the driver was not injured. He isn’t sure why he would be needed and with Mr. Varnum yelling at him he is very focused on the immediate problem at hand. Bowditch is on what is supposed to be his last call of the day out at Hank Varnum’s place where all-terrain vehicle riders have been causing an escalatin ...more
Alison Hardtmann
Dec 14, 2016 Alison Hardtmann rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I do love a well-written crime novel and I've enjoyed the series that follows Ewert Grens, who is really not good at basic social interactions. He's a pudgy, older guy whose musical tastes were set deeply in stone in the sixties, who sleeps on the sofa in his office and is terrible about allowing his underlings a personal life. I think he probably smells a little, too, but the books don't mention it. In Cell 8, he takes on the case of a man holding a Canadian passport who is arrested after kicki ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
PROTAGONIST: Mike Bowditch, game warden
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.25

Mike Bowditch is a game warden in Maine and a very conflicted young man. He’s still dealing with the aftereffects of a case involving his father, a poacher, and at the same time attempting to rebuild his relationship with his girlfriend and repair his professional reputation. Unfortunately, he isn’t doing very well with any of this. He’s very self destructive and self absorbed and seems intent on acting in the worst
Jun 28, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
Mike Bowditch, Maine Game Warden, is not what you’d call an exemplary employee, he’s earned a reputation as a hot headed rule breaker during his last case involving his father and unfortunately it’s still following him, the one good thing to come out of all of this is his rekindled relationship with his girlfriend Sarah who has decided to move back into the home they once shared. Mike gets called to a deer/car accident where the woman driver is mysteriously missing and amidst all his other cases ...more
May 24, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mike Bowditch is a young game warden in rural Vermont. One night, he is called out to a car-deer collision, but by the time he arrives at the sight of the crash, both the driver, a young woman named Ashley, and the deer have vanished. He figures some local rednecks might have carted off the deer carcass, but what about Ashley? Somehow the idea that she might have caught a ride with a local acquaintance doesn't sound convincing. When he figures out that Ashley had come up to Maine from Boston for ...more
Chicken Little
Oct 14, 2011 Chicken Little rated it it was amazing
10/11/2011 So... I've been thinking about reading this book since it first came out back in June. I loved Doiron's first novel, so as soon as Trespasser came out I went to B&N in my town just to be told they didn't have it. The closest public library didn't have it either, so I decided to buy it as ebook.. my bad!! I didn't put into account how much I dislike reading ebooks (I guess some day if paper books ever fall into disuse, I will have to adapt but so far so good...), so I ended up not ...more
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