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Trespasser (Mike Bowditch #2)

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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 o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published June 21st 2011)
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May 21, 2011 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2011 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I'm obviously biased!
Rick Fisher
Aug 01, 2013 Rick Fisher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 07, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2012 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
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
Nov 02, 2015 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!
Jul 11, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Neil Mudde
Oct 15, 2011 Neil Mudde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"
Susan Gourley
Jan 03, 2016 Susan Gourley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon the latest book in this series and thought it sounded interesting so I had to go back and start at the beginning, The Poacher's Son. If you like CJ Box's hero, Joe Pickett, you'll love this series set in the wilds of Maine. There are many similarities such a game warden, underpaid, overworked and still determined to do the right thing. A central crime drives the story in each book but other colorful characters fill out the story plot, some good and some bad. Mike Bowditch wants t ...more
This series is a new find for me. This is book #2, and I encourage readers to read in order. This time deep woods Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch, is held up when called to check-out a call from a stranded motorist. By the time he gets there the car is there, but the woman is missing. As usual, Mike doesn't like being told that the police will investigate because he doesn't feel the cop is taking it seriously. Mike is a mess - he's still haunted by his Father, has trouble with listening to and ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I'm not a fan of writing being overly descriptive however this author does it effectively... almost throughout. About halfway through the book, there is so much description of the main character's ride on a borrowed quad and the subsequent visit to the hospital that one could easily feel as though they are suffering through the pain with him. It was actually taking over the story and my husband and I were rolling our eyes. The author also tends to pepper his work with similes.

That being said, I
Scott Collins
Aug 09, 2011 Scott Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Aug 24, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel of mike Bowditch, Maine Game Warden. Again very similar to the C J Box character of Joe Pickett but then it is to be expected.
The author is a fairly good, and keeps you turning the pages however the main characters continual stupidity does make you say out loud 'don't do that!' Perhaps that is the authors intention to make the character a little stupid and self destructive but you then can't have him being a clever insightful detective whilst all those around can't see the woods
Chris Demer
Jan 04, 2015 Chris Demer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another engaging story of the Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch.
He is called on a foggy night about a deer/car collision. By the time he arrives on the scene, both the driver of the car (said by the caller to be a young woman) and the deer are missing! After a State Trooper arrives on the scene, Mike goes home, although plagued by the feeling that something bad has happened to the driver. It's not long before he finds out what happened to her, but it takes more time to find out who and wh
Jul 06, 2014 Art rated it really liked it
The second Maine game warden Mike Bowditch book is even better than the first.

The recurring themes of father-son relationships, dysfunctional families and love and friendship are still here. And Mike takes a lot of actions because of things that happened to him when he was a little boy.

But this time around Bowditch is investigating a case that doesn't involve his father so his detecting abilities are a little clearer.

And Paul Doiron's clever plotting continues to pulse and crackle, taking you do
p. 22 " A few days earlier, she'd sent me a postcard from the Hemingway house."
Chris Lawson
Apr 13, 2014 Chris Lawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unless I am far behind on a book series, I rarely read two books by the same author in succession. Nonetheless, I was so engrossed and impressed with THE POACHER'S SON that I knew once I finished it, I just had to read TRESPASSER. And I'm glad I did. It was very much worth the read. I may break another of my self-imposed (but not hard fast) rules and read BAD LITTLE FALLS next. The compulsion is there. :) And I will add this: I think it was an even better book than THE POACHER'S SON, but even th ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maine-books
This is an entertaining mystery and the midcoast Maine setting rings true. Game Warden Bowditch is an interesting character, albeit one who seems to exhibit more poor judgement than might be expected.

However, the audiobook reading made me cringe. The reader provided most of the characters with ridiculously overdone Maine accents that undermine the story's credibility. I actually returned this to the library once because of it, then picked it up again and suffered through the overwrought accents
Jun 25, 2015 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Even though Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch is a year older than when we were introduced to him in The Poacher's Son, he's still hot headed and arrogant. Drinking on the job? Talking to suspects alone? Telling townspeople the details of the investigation? Yes, Mike does all those things. His girlfriend is super annoyed, and he gets beaten up by the bad guy. The ending is predictable: said bad guy appears, brandishing a crowbar, just as Mike figures out who he is. (Has that happened in a book bef ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ucbc
If it were intentional, I'd think it a bold experiment of Paul Doiron's: Build an entire mystery around a main character that is mildly unlikeable. If it's not intentional, then, well, I guess it's just a mediocre book.

I guess the concept is that Mike Bowditch just can't help himself...he is driven to self-sabotage. The cliff-hanger becomes: how many ways can he attempt to ruin his career, how many dips#!t moves can he make, how many insubordinate birds can he flip to authority, and most importa
Paul Pessolano
Jul 17, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Trespasser” by Paul Doiron, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Hot on the heels of his widely acclaimed first novel, “The Poacher’s Son”, Paul Doiron has authored another thriller based in rural Maine. Doiron is very qualified to give the reader an insider’s look at the countryside and people of Maine. Doiron not only is a native of Maine but still resides there and is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

In “The Poacher’s Son” Mike Bowditch,
Jun 09, 2011 MissSusie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, favorites
Another hit for Paul Doiron!

Game Warden Mike Bowditch still reeling from the events in The Poacher’s Son (If you haven’t read it what are you waiting for?) and once again steps into an investigation he should be staying out of, the murder of a young woman which has similarities to a decade old case for which someone is already serving time for. Is the right man in prison? Is this a copycat? And why does Mike seem to find trouble everywhere he goes??!!??

I so enjoy Paul’s writing he kept me guess
Jul 27, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Courtesy of Goodreads First Reads

The first thing I should say is that I have read many books of this genre. Many. But never have I read one with a game warden as the protagonist. I must admit that it gave this book a different perspective from similar books.

Paul Doiron certainly has a great sense of humor, and it shines in this book. Mike has a quick and sometimes biting sense of humor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. As someone who has grown up in a small rural town, much like the small, Maine tow
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