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Trespasser (Mike Bowditch #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,113 ratings  ·  179 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published June 21st 2011)
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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 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I'm obviously biased!
Rick Fisher
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Neil Mudde
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"
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
Paul Pessolano
“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,
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
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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
Phillip Duck
THE POACHER'S SON was one of my better discoveries last year, and so when I found out that there would be a second book in the series I was more than pleased. I've often started an author's second novel with a bit of trepidation. The sophomore jinx isn't quite the urban legend that many believe it to be. More often than not, the promise shown with a first novel is never quite realized with those that follow. So, the question posed to Mr. Doiron: Can you write a second book as good as THE POACHER ...more
Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch is just recovering from dealing with his notorious father in THE POACHER'S SON. His girlfriend has decided to give him a second chance to spend more time at home, and to be "safe" in his job. Now negatively labeled as "the poacher's son", he is trying to live down this reputation, but this is difficult as he is once again fighting the current within his area.

Mike was called to the scene of an accident between a driver and a deer, but for some strange reason the
Another Ranger/conservation officer/game warden series. Mike Bowditch is the lead character in this series. The action takes place in northern Maine. Mike Bowditch sometimes comes across as a bumbling idiot. However, you can't help but like him and he always follows his instincts and solves the mystery. His girl friend Sarah shows up in each story, this one is pretty emotional from her stand point. A young woman is found murdered in the summer home of a wealthy couple. It is out on the water's e ...more
Chicken Little
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
I am extremely upset as I write this and I will attempt to calmly explain my one star rating. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the author. Overall I found the story to be better than the first book in the series and was rolling towards a four star review. As I got closer to the end things started to get a bit bumpy and I could not quite figure out what was upsetting the apple cart. Done with the book I arrived at the authors note. Seeing several pages behind the authors note I thought that ...more
PROTAGONIST: Mike Bowditch, game warden
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.25
WHY: 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 w
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
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Mike Bowditch (6 books)
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  • Bad Little Falls (Mike Bowditch, #3)
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