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Bad Little Falls (Mike Bowditch #3)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  825 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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 half-frozen man has appeared at their door, claiming his friend is lost in the storm.

But what starts as a rescue mission in the w
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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I liked this mystery set in rural Downeast Maine for its twists and turns, its realistic coverage of colorful backwoods characters, and its progress in developing the personality of its hero, game warden Mike Bowditch. Given the competition of so many great mystery writers, a three-star rating would be fair, but I am biased as this third one in the series is set in my neighborhood, the low-income communities of Washington County in the eastern tip of Maine.

Bowditch is sent here from mid-coast Ma
Paul Doiron made a big splash with his Edgar Award-nominated first novel, “The Poacher’s Son,” which introduced Maine game warden Mike Bowditch and his extraordinary talent for tracking animals and people through the worst weather that Maine can dish up. When he’s reassigned to the eponymous “Bad Little Falls,” a remote town near the Canadian border where drug abuse, unemployment, poverty, violence, and poaching are rampant, his reputation for disregarding orders precedes him and it looks as if ...more
Ellen Keim
This wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't as suspenseful as I had thought it would be. The main character is a game warden and it was interesting to read about what that entails and how the job coordinates with other branches of law enforcement. My main quibble was with the character of the 12-year-old boy, Lucas. Although his character gets a lot of book-time, he's not as well-drawn as he could have been, considering the part that he plays in the drama.

There is also a lot of information about the
When you annoy the bosses once too many times and you work as a game warden for the State of Maine, you get sent to their version of Siberia. In this case, Warden Mike Bowditch has been sent to Washington County. The eastern most county in Maine is well known for poaching, drug abuse, high unemployment, and a host of other social ills. Not to mention the brutal winter working conditions. Bowditch is being punished and he knows it. Just about everything Bowditch has to deal with in his new assign ...more
Paul Pessolano
“Bad Little Falls” by Paul Doiron, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Those of us who have been following the life of Mike Bowditch should be excited about “Bad Little Falls”. This is the third book in a series that takes place in the woods of Maine. Mike is a Maine game warden that has been ostracized to the “Siberia” of Maine due to his actions in the first two books, thus you may want to read them in sequence.

Mike finds himself again involved in a murder that causes him to
Rick Fisher
First, let me say, my reviews are my opinions of how I feel while reading a novel. This being said, I will continue.
The main character, Mike Bowditch, is a dumbass. With each novel, I keep thinking he will mature and become a better character. By the end of this third novel in the series, I have come to the conclusion, the author likes his protagonist being a careless, reckless, self-destructive bumbler. Are men really this idiotic when it comes to women? Or their jobs? Or their life in genera
#3 in the Mike Bowditch series. I believe that this entry has a great sense of place, in which case, I never want to visit Washington County, ME. Reviewers compare this to the work of Steve Hamilton, Nevada Barr and C.J. Box - a northern MI setting and 2 game wardens. Perhaps you should also add Joseph Heyward, to get a third game warden in northern Michigan. The difference is that their descriptions are compelling and interesting, Doiron's Maine is repellant - that is probably a sign of good wr ...more
Lynn Plourde
SPOILER ALERT . . . I was all set to give this book 5 stars until I got to the last 20 pages. Doiron writes so well, makes me care about his main character Mike Bowditch, knows Maine intimately and it comes through in his story, sets a great pace (I couldn't put the book down), but the whodunit was an everyone-dunit, which felt like a cop out. Plus one of the cop red herrings was left unresolved as was the death of one of the characters. Since I'm not usually a mystery reader (I make an exceptio ...more
PROTAGONIST: Mike Bowditch, game warden
SETTING: Wilderness Maine
SERIES: #3 of 3
WHY: Game warden Mike Bowditch has been banished to a wilderness setting in Maine and aids in a murder investigation of a suspected drug dealers whose partner appears half frozen to death at a local home. Bowditch becomes involved with the partner's sister and her strange young son. He also faces his own difficulties as someone tries to make his life miserable. Doiron does a great job in rendering the setti
Kristen Lindquist
This fast-paced thriller combines the rugged beauty of Maine's remote wilderness in winter with actions both eccentric and evil committed by the individuals who choose to live in such an environment. From the opening scene, when Maine game warden Mike Bowditch in on the scene at a canned hunt ranch where a hapless zebra froze to death, you know this is going to be good. When he meets a beautiful but clearly troubled young woman and her strange son, you know it's going to be great. The twists and ...more
Paul Doiron is another new favorite author. I am drawn to the outdoors setting in rugged, remote Maine, and the character of game warden. I like the main character, Mike Bowditch. However, I have not liked his choice of women. Sarah was nagging and dissatisfied, needy and seemed to have little in common with his current interests or life. His attraction to Jamie Sewell seemed largely based on her looks and seemed shallow and pathetically needy on Mike's part. Pilot friend Charley's daughter Stac ...more
Once again, Paul Doiron has written a well told story in an amazing setting. I enjoy following Mike Bowditch's life as a game warden in Maine. I love the way Doiron describes the landscape and fits in bits of history in the process. Just fantastic!
Maine game warden Mike Bowditch gets a transfer in the third book in this series.

And he's not going to just any county, he's going to the most Down East county in the Down East: Washington County, Maine, one of the lowest income, highest drug use counties in the state. It's also very wild, very big and very unpopulated. All in all, not a bad combination for game warden story potential.

The move also gives Paul Doiron an opportunity to introduce a new set of sub-characters (both colorful and suppo
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Brittany Rice
My favorite of the 3, he's getting the hang of it now!
The sense of place in Bad Little Falls is impressive. The majestic winter beauty of Downeast Maine and the over-hanging poverty of the populace are palpable. However, the overall hardship Paul Doiron describes is a reality that makes me content to see this part of the USA from the perspective of an armchair traveller. Game Warden Mike Bowditch is also new to Washington County and he arrives with a reputation for not being a team player. He quickly ignites friction with his boss, antagonizes the ...more
Luanne Ollivier

Bad Little Falls is the third book in Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch series, but a first read of this author for me.

Bowditch is a game warden. He's been sent to a remote outpost in Maine by his superiors for past transgressions. And it's mighty cold in Maine in the winter. One of his first call outs is for a man missing in a snowstorm. His friend made it to the house of a local couple, but the other man is still out there. When that man is found dead by means other than the weather, it becomes
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Synopsis: Michael Bowditch has been moved from his station to a new one, yet trouble still follows him. This time, two men are targeted in the frigid Maine winter. One lays dead of a gunshot wound and one suffers from frostbite which almost kills him. It turns out that the one laying dead is a well known drug dealer, but is the frost bitten man his murderer or another victim? The answer lies in the diary of a young boy and Mike must decipher the codes to
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 helpi ...more
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Bad Little Falls, Paul Doiron's third Mike Bowditch mystery (after The Poacher's Son and Trespasser), is chilling in multiple ways. Having stepped on too many toes, Mike finds himself packed off to a new game warden assignment in eastern Maine's Washington County, a rural area where his supervisors believe he won't make trouble. Unfortunately, trouble has a way of finding Mike, in the form of resentful locals and co
Mike Bowditch finds himself exiled to poverty-ridden northern Maine in this third mystery starring the game warden. Although the previous two books provide background as to why he ends up in a rundown trailer surrounded by drug dealers and hunters unfriendly to game wardens, this book can stand alone and makes a good entry point to the series.
Doiron’s skill as a writer has grown throughout the series, and in this book it is his descriptions of setting that shine. Early in the book, Bowditch i
Kathleen Hagen
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The third in the Maine game warden series, Mike Bowditch. In this one, Mike meets the McDonald’s employee of the month while ordering breakfast and is quite attracted to her. He sets out to get to know her better. In the meantime, the veterinarian, who acts as a doctor when necessary, calls upon him to go to the house of another couple where someone has been pulled in who is in a
I chose “Bad Little Falls” by Paul Doiron in an effort to get cool. Sometime it gets up to 108 here in Texas. not so in Maine.

Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowdich, lives and works in the Washington County Maine, a county where unemployment, drugs and crime run rampant. There is a blizzard too. On the plus side Washington County is the wild blueberry capital of the world. When he interviewed someone who had been living out in the country, he asked them, “How long they had been living there?” “Too lo
This is the third book in a series about a Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch. I've read all of them! I suggest you read them in order, starting with " The Poacher's Son ". I started reading these when I lived in Maine, and they are truly descriptive of that beautiful state. The author, Paul Doiron, is the editor of " Downeast Magazine", which is a magazine everyone in Maine should subscribe to. I never failed to read Doiron's editorial in every issue of Downeast because he is a great writer! And ...more
This is Doiron's third book. I love his style and I can never seem to put his books down. His main character is constantly getting into all kinds of trouble, against his own better judgement, it seems. This time he falls in love with a girl, bordering obsession, which in my opinion, is a bit out of character for him, but I understand the deep emotion attached to it. Doiron did a great job reminding the reader about characters from previous books and some of the main character's previous happenin ...more
For some reason - and I don't know why - I find Paul Doiron's mysteries set in the remote northwoods of Maine to be quite compelling. After all, I don't do any of the manly outdoorsman activities portrayed in his novels. I don't hunt, fish, snowmobile, camp out in the woods...and I certainly don't trap! That said, these are interesting books with protagonist that I'm really drawn to. Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch is a loose cannon and a perpetual screw-up, but he eventually gets the job done d ...more
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, Bowditch is called to the rustic cabin of a terrified couple. A raving and half-frozen 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 police suspect it was his own friend
This is the third in the Mike Bowditch series. There was a mystery, but it didn't have a whole lot to do with his being a game warden. This book reminds me of those books where the non-sleuth (like the housewife with too much time on her hands) decides that she he/she is the only one with any idea of who the murderer is. Bowditch pretty much epitomizes that role in this book. Let's hope the next book can pull together something a little better.
Chicken Little
I first 'met' Mike Bowditch two years ago at my local library. I was in between books and decided to peruse the new books shelf. A title, The Poacher's Son, stood up to me. I took it home. I loved that book.

Last year, Trespasser came out. I bought it as ebook and was again transported in Maine by the expert words of PD. This year, I couldn't wait to read Bad Little Falls! Again, I bought it as ebook.

Why am I saying this? Well, I am somebody who does NOT buy fiction books, EVER. I just borrow th
The author continues this series with another great read. Protagonist continues to be developed and his interaction with a variety of characters, both good and bad, is both realistic and entertaining. His story line and plotting is skillfully developed. Series is a must read for readers who want a change from big city settings.
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Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher's Son, which won the the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for "Best Fiction of 2010." PopMatters named it to its Best Fiction of 201 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Mike Bowditch (6 books)
  • The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch, #1)
  • Trespasser (Mike Bowditch, #2)
  • Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch, #4)
  • The Bone Orchard (Mike Bowditch, #5)
  • The Precipice: A Novel (Mike Bowditch, #6)
The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch, #1) Trespasser (Mike Bowditch, #2) Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch, #4) The Bone Orchard (Mike Bowditch, #5) The Bear Trap (Mike Bowditch, #4.5)

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