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(Mike Bowditch #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,019 ratings  ·  342 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 de
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: crime
I'm obviously biased!
Aug 18, 2018 added it
Shelves: mysteries, series
The Hook - Felt a hankering to visit Maine but wish it had been in warmer weather in this second book of The Mike Bowditch, Game Warden series.

The Line - ”Son, you should always buy a woman flowers.“

The Sinker - Going to keep this quick and dirty, well, quick and clean.
Trespasser was a nice diversion from these soggy days of August and the genealogy books I'm reading. I'm getting to know a bit about Mike Bowditch and his duties as Game Warden in the environs of Maine. It was an easy read, lots
May 09, 2011 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
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
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deep in the Maine woods the dead body of a young woman is found, horribly brutalized. A charming young man is convicted and sentenced for the murder.
Seven years later our hero finds a young woman murdered the same way. Is it a copy cat or did they imprison the wrong guy?
While trying to catch poachers our hero is searching for a killer.
Good book!
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Bowditch, Maine game warden, presents an interesting and unusual local and profession as protagonist. The second in Doiron’s series is every bit as good as the first. Bowditch doesn’t use good sense often which makes for good reading as he tries to dig out the truth of a current case and an old case. Not such a happy ending for Mike, but I still look forward to the next book.
Mark Stevens
Nov 29, 2011 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
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-tn
I am really liking this series.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mike-bowditch
No sophomore slump here, for Mr. Doiron's second Bowditch tale. A well plotted mystery, with secondary characters, you could meet anywhere, in any small town. This is a great outdoor mystery series.
Jul 06, 2011 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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series and better than the first in my opinion. Great story that has ties to a real life Maine mystery. You only find this out in the note after reading the book. Well written as the 1st in the series and keep you in suspense until the last few pages...and leaves you wondering about Warden Bowditch's future. That's all you'll get from me, you'll have to read it yourself!
Oct 23, 2016 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
Oct 31, 2011 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
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, maine, mystery
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
May 17, 2011 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 01, 2016 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).
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love, love, love this series! I've got one more book to read and then I will have completed the entire series. In this novel, Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch responds to a trespassing call involving ATVs when the dispatcher sends him to a report of an accident involving a deer. When Bowditch arrives at the scene, he finds blood in the middle of the road and an abandoned vehicle. No deer, no driver. Bowditch is curious but turns the scene over to the state trooper who arrives. The next evening, ...more
Eric Berry
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Doiron stepped it up from a still very good first effort. In Trespasser we have a protagonist who, as a young man, is deeply flawed and recovering from a dysfunctional childhood. As a young law enforcement officer with the State of Maine's Warden service, he consistently tries to do the right thing even when he darn well knows he will pay for it. A murder mystery that takes the reader to the end wondering exactly "who donit"...and why. Vivid descriptions of outside life in the Maine woods, o ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't give this second book in the series more than three stars. I have no problem with the writing style or the pacing of the story. My problem is with the main character Mike Bowditch. His behavior is outrageous and dangerous and insulting to the real-life game wardens in Maine. I realize this is fiction. My hope is that this character shows some growth as the series continues. For me his behavior and disregard for others takes away from the story.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good story. In the this second outing Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is called out to a car/deer collision. The driver of the car is missing. When the on-duty state trooper arrives, Mike leaves the investigation to him. However, he's bothered by the trooper's apparent lack of concern, and when Mike discovers the mutilated body of the driver the next day, he finds himself caught up in a mess involving a possible wrongly-convicted killer, and a possible cover-up. Aside from the great sett ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fictional-crime
An excellent fast paced thriller! Maine in this story is a very creepy town that harbors a lot of secrets. Who would have thought Loberstermen would give me the chills LOL. The story does reference the first book but not to the point where I felt i was lost in the story.

It was very fast paced and had a lot of suspenseful moments. It was interesting to read at the end that some of the scenarios in the book were based on a real life killer. Mr. Doiron did a great job in keeping me up at night and
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books, mystery
Read as an audio book.

Narrator changed from book one to book two. I'm never thrilled when that happens, but I think the narrator for book two was more character appropriate.

Premise of the book is, Mike is called to the scene of an deer/car collision at the end of his shift. He's tired and cranky from dealing with a local and several ATV trespassers who cut down some of his trees. Mike finds a crunched car on a very deserted stretch of road, a missing deer, and the owner of the vehicle absent.
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
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mike Bowditch is a game warden in Maine, whom we first met in The Poacher's Son. This book is set a few months after the events of the first book. It's not necessary to have read the first book, but it's better if you already have as there are some spoilers about how it concluded.

The book kicks off with Mike receiving a call about an accident involving a car hitting a deer. When he arrives at the scene, both the driver and the deer are missing. He has a sense of foreboding which leads him to kee
Nov 02, 2015 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
Sharon Mensing
Oct 07, 2011 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
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, adult, maine
3.5 I love the Maine setting and it was a good mystery. But it's hard for me to completely get into Mike Bowditch's head. He IS impetuous (I was rolling my eyes at some of the things he did) but on the other hand I don't understand why he gets into so much trouble for following his gut. He's a cop...sort of....isn't he? I do think I understood him better in the first book, though. Mixed feelings jumping around here. One other note: As much as I love, love, love the setting, it's hard to totally ...more
Matt Braymiller
Oct 10, 2016 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 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
Jun 23, 2011 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.

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