The Poacher's Son (Mike Bowditch #1)
Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find a cryptic message on his answering machine from his father, Jack, who he hasn't heard from in two years. The next morning Mike gets a call from the police: a beloved local cop has been killed and his father is their prime suspect.
Coming to terms with his haunted past and desperate for answers, Mike and a retired wa...more
I have been a father since 17 years ago. My only child, a daughter, made me one. True, fathers used to be the sole breadwinner in their family. Somehow, a working spouse means that the father must relegate or share some of his decision-making powers. That, for me, changed the patriarchal setup that our own fathers used to have. But for most families around the world, a wife’s share to the family coffers is now a necessity. Times, indeed, have ch...more
The characterisation was also brilliant. The murder plot becomes a framework for exploring Mike’s cha...more
What this book most movingly conveys is a young man’s struggle, at the beginning of what co...more
A graduate from Colby College, Mike’s choice of becoming a game warden is a mystery to me, and I didn’t quite get a sense of his rewards in a thankless job. We do get that he is stubborn in pursuing justice, even to the extent of perpetua...more
The Poacher’s Son is Paul Doiron's first in a series of future novels about a Maine game warden whose father is a recl...more
I did meet Paul years ago (I doubt he’ll recall) and recognized him as one of those tortured/blessed souls who would always and evermore write, write, write.
The thought immediately struck me as I began reading that the title paralleled that of Margaret Maron's first Judge Knott novel, The Bootlegger's Daughter, in which a North Carolina bootlegger's daughter becomes a judge. Mi...more
Your father has never been anything but terri...more
This is the first in a series involving Mike Bowditch, a game warden in the wilds of Maine. He does not like land developers who are buying up the woods and then cutting it down to make luxury condos and hotels. He has no patience with the tourists who do not follow the rules, like having a life jacket for everyone in the boat, and thereby endanger their own children. An...more
The logging industy controls most of Upper Maine and the land has been sold from one logging company to another. People that were living on the land, with the company's approval, are now faced with the new company evicting them. After a town meeting the lawyer representing the company and a police officer are shot, and Mik...more
Beginning: It gets off to a slow start. The back and forth with only a bit of information given in both is, while I understand necessary, confusing and left me feeling, honestly, a bit bored. It didn't grab my attention like other mystery/suspense novels do at the start and it left me feeling like I might have a hard time getting into the story.
Middle: The story finally gets moving around chapter 7 or...more
It was the winner of the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel as well as being nominated for the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Thriller Award, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the Maine Literary Award for Best Fiction of 2010.
This hardback edition has been published in the UK by Constable & Robinson - C&R...more
I found the setting to be very interesting and well developed. The world of northern Maine, and the routines of a Game Warden there, makes for unusual and intriguing reading. Doiron does an excellent job bringing the reader to this area that almost seem...more
Mike Bowditch is a game ward...more
Mike Bowditch is a game warden in Maine. His father, Jack, is a hard-drinking, often unemployed womanizer who poaches illegal game from the wilderness. Mike never seemed to get his father's approval—or even his interest—throughout his childhood, and...more
My prediction as to the murderer was wrong. My assumptions as to the motive were wrong, too. BUT, while I'm not usually...more
The Poacher's Son is the first in a series featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch. At the beginning of the story Mike gets a surprise call from his estranged father Jack. The two can barely speak to each other without getting into an argument so this immediately puts Mike on edge. The next day Mike gets a call from the police. His father is the prime suspect in two murders, that of a paper company rep and the good ol' boy cop who was escorting him...more
TITLE: The Poacher's Son
DATE READ: 01/16/11
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction/2010/St. Martin's Press/324 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 Mike Bowditch
CHARACTERS: Mike Bowditch/Game Warden
FIRST LINES: A black bear had gotten into a pigpen out on the Beechwood Road, and it had run off with a pig.
COMMENTS: Great debut! Mike graduated from college & became game warden in the wilds of Maine. He grew up mostly w/ his mother &...more
A good thriller for those who like outdoor mysteries like the Anna Pigeon series and the like. The descriptions of the wilds of Maine and the changes the countryside is going through were excellent. I enjoyed M...more