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The Precipice

(Mike Bowditch #6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,020 ratings  ·  374 reviews
In this riveting new novel from Edgar finalist Paul Doiron, Bowditch joins a desperate search for two missing hikers as Maine wildlife officials deal with a frightening rash of coyote attacks.

When two young female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness—the most remote stretch along the entire two-thousand mile Appalachian Trail—Maine game warden Mike Bowditch join
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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Joe Although it works as a standalone, to appreciate the relationship Bowditch has with the Stevens family and his fellow Wardens, you really should start…moreAlthough it works as a standalone, to appreciate the relationship Bowditch has with the Stevens family and his fellow Wardens, you really should start with The Poacher's Son and work your way to this title.(less)

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Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good series mystery with interesting info on the Appalachian Trail in Maine and Search-And-Rescue operations. Mike Bowditch is a very likable protagonist. This time out he's less impulsive as an law officer and I think more believable. The plot doesn't suffer for Mike to mature here, so there is still plenty of nail biting required to get to the end of the book. ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love all things Mike Bowditch and have read everything possible by author Paul Doiron. This series is one of my absolute favorites. I'm already perched on a branch waiting for the next one even if it is only swirling around in the mind of Doiron.

This latest one in the series is right up my alley with hiking at the fore. The story circles around two young women hikers in Maine who simply don't show up at the appointed time. Mike, Maine Game Warden, is assigned to cover the area in which the wom
Barbara K
Some time has opened up for me to read physical books and I didn't want to waste this opportunity to whittle away at my physical bookshelves. After a couple of false starts, I realized I just wanted something entertaining and easy to read as I coast into Christmas, when I anticipate receiving some new additions to those shelves.

This book fit the bill. A game warden in Maine becomes involved in the search for two women who have gone missing as they neared the end of their Appalachian Trail throug
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then finds himself embroiled in the search and discovers there are no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a great sense of place, a puzzle that keep the reader guessing, and a main character that you can't help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron. Give to readers w ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
First off I have to comment and say that the fact that sexuality was brought up involving some of the characters did not brother be. In fact, it is almost kind of expected that this would appear more and more in books as it already does in my television shows. So you could say I have grown immune to this although it is not my faith. No, my issue was that despite actually liking Mike and his relationship with his girlfriend, Stacey, and the lovely backdrop for this story, I really felt no connect ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. The first four books in this series were well-written, so I thought it was a fluke that the fifth book was so aimless, boring, and sexed-up. Well, this one, the sixth in the series, was a mess. First, Stacey, the love of the main character's life, is chronically pissed off and filled with righteous indignation at anyone she disagrees with (including Mike, the main character). She is so unlikeable, you never root for her or her relationship with Mike. Second, every Christia ...more
Barbara Nutting
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Maine, murder and the Appalachian Trail - a good combination. A new author for me, love the locale but the story was just so so. I’ll try one more in the series.

Best description in the whole book “His hair, styled in a pompadour, was the color of spun gold, and his skin had an orange cast that was meant to look naturally tan but failed to do so.” LOL, just one of the characters but oh so familiar!
Gloria Piper
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, drama, fiction, thriller
Two women, college students, have disappeared in Main's Hundred Mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trail. Are they alive and lost? Or dead? If so, did they fall from a cliff, been attacked by wild animals, been murdered by a serial killer?

Warden Mike Bowditch joins search and rescue amid a cast of flawed characters. He's partnered with a hiking legend, an insufferable ex-felon. He meets other creepy characters, including a family clan noted for terrorizing locals. After the bodies of the two wo
Tina Panik
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This one’s full of get-under-your-skin terror. Hiking will not be on my list of activities for awhile...
Chris Gager
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the last of the three Doiron/Bowditch books my brother gave me for Christmas. These books are high on entertainment value and middling on inspiring prose. Mr. Doiron, who I assume lives fairly close to me in Mid-Coast Maine features serviceable prose and interesting, twisty plots salted with a lot of local(Maine) color. This book mostly takes place pretty far from my home town of Phippsburg, although the very beginning is set IN my home town, down on the waterfront at the mouth of the Ke ...more
~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ Wells
Four stars! For most of the book it was a five star read but near the end it just went down. I enjoyed reading about the katy-dids and other little nature facts like that but the Dows got to be too vicious. It was a surprise ending for me.
Dave Packard
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Somehow I missed this one on my read through the series and with the new book out now, I figured I better read the ones I missed. Being from the great state of Maine, it is always good to visit it again with my good friend Mike Bowditch. This one talks frequently of the Appalachian Trail (AT) of which I have read extensively and hiked a tiny bit of. The stories of through hikers and section hikers always make me wish I had hiked more and this was no exception. Thank you Paul for another excellen ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
finished this in the tree stand, 'bout five oh five pee em. it was okay. too much fashionable ideology for me. you into the fashion then this is your bag. might say one-dimensional, stereo-typical, and another case of, yeah, okay, we're all up on diversity and not denigrating the different, but here we can do so, in spades, or mainers, or "religious fanatics". leaves a sour taste, truth be told. all the more so when one realizes it is, indeed, the fashion. and you can note that in other reviews ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
#6 in the Mike Bowditch series. Stacy Stevens, wildlife biologist and daughter of Mike's mentor, retired ranger Charley Stevens, has finally succumbed to Mike's blandishments and joined him for an expensive vacation on Popham Beach. The vacation doesn't last long as Mike is called to return to duty and join the hunt to find two girls missing from their trek on the Appalachian Trail. They have been missing too long to realistically hope for their safety and among those who might have been involve ...more
Andy Plonka
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: src
In his latest outing Mike Bowditch, a game warden in Maine gets involved in the disappearance of two young women who were hiking the Appalachian Trail. He hopes to find them still alive, but as the time since they were last seen grows longer he begins to think of bodies. Rumors of coyotes killing hikers surface, and though Mike cannot discount the possibility, there are other indications that perhaps humans are involved. Though the information about the environment and the trail in particular we ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is called in from his beach vacation for search and rescue when 2 hikers go missing on the Appalachian Trail. two corpses are found and rumors start about wild coyotes on a rampage. Bowditch thinks a human is involved in the deaths, not coyotes.

I am so happy to find a wonderful author I had never heard of in Paul Doiron. I loved the outdoor scenes with Bowditch. I really like stories with game wardens and I'm so glad to learn there's a Bowditch series for me to go
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed Mike maturing and making better, less self-destructive decisions, this was my least favorite of the series. I'm not sure what Mike sees in Stacy. She is, quite frankly, a selfish bitch. It was clear something happened to her on the trail when she was in college herself, so I tried to cut her some slack. But the problem with Stacy was that Stacy didn't cut anyone else any slack. She ran off in a snit whenever anyone disagreed with her. She and Nonstop Nissen had a lot in common. ...more
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Mar 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Why are religious folks so mystified by homosexuality? They scorn it and do it. This book covers both aspects along with swearing words like "cheese and crackers" - you name the silly-isms. I thought I would like this author but found I will not try another. My loss? Not at all.... ...more
Nancy Mulder
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I liked the book because I enjoyed the setting--the Maine woods. I am not a mystery reader--I rarely care who dunnit. But interesting characters and settings can make a book worth reading.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Book #6 was as good as the first 5, but there are two things that I still struggle with. The main character Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden, and he's evolving and maturing as a character in each new entry. He's a truly a multi-faceted and engaging person. But in the course of his job, and therefore in each book, there are routinely examples of animals who are mistreated--trapped, poached, poisoned, etc. In this one there was a bounty on coyotes, who were rumored to have stalked and killed t ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book number 6 of the series featuring Mike Bowditch, a Maine Game Warden. In this story, Mike has moved to the Appalachian Trail area in Maine and has been called with many others to help search for two missing hikers. When the two women are found dead and ravaged by coyotes, there are two differing theories about their deaths. One theory is that the coyotes killed them and the other is that they were murdered and the animals just took advantage of the kills. Mike's new girlfriend, Stacey, herse ...more
David Rough
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel grabbed my attention with its setting – the Appalachian Trail. I did not realize that it was the sixth book of a series. I do not know how much of a disadvantage was facing me as I jumped in without knowledge of Mike’s past. There were times with the gap was obvious, but I don’t think it caused a major obscuring of the plot.

Two female thru-hikers came up missing in the Hundred Mile Wilderness in Maine. Bowditch is a Maine game warden who joins the search team. Foul play, accidental w
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was apprehensive to read this at first. After finishing my last book, and wanting a new book to read on my long commute to/from work, I borrowed one of my fiancé’s Dad’s books. Initially I picked this book up and immediately judged it by its cover. I apprehensively picked it up and gave it a try, being that the book was pretty outside of my comfort zone and go-to genre. However, I was immediately hooked and couldn’t put the book down. In fact— I finished it in two days! The story line has lots ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Paul Doiron is one of my favorite authors. His books are in the same vein as those by C. J. Box, Nevada Barr and Dana Stabenow, with an outdoor wilderness setting taking a front seat. In the Precipice, two female hikers of the world famous Appalachian Trail go missing and chaos ensues as game warden Mike Bowditch tries to figure out what happened while dealing with a deluge of colorful, very territorial and dangerous residents of middle-of-nowhere Maine. This is Bowditch’s sixth appearance in th ...more
Susan Grace
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love this series! Game Warden Mike Bowditch is growing up! He recognizes that he is behaving with more maturity and is less reactive....though he still finds himself in some pretty sticky situations! Life is getting better for Mike...he seems to be more appreciated in his work...personal relationships are improving...what could POSSIBLY go wrong??!!
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well why wouldn't I read a mystery set on the Appalachian Trail? Lot of great nature details and some very specific aspects of Maine culture set this one apart from a lot of other mystery series. ...more
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love Paul Doiron's books, this was exceptionally good! ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Whodunit based in Maine on the Appalachian trail. Characters were OK, plot got a bit murky in points and is pretty violent, and the ending was blah.
Brenda H
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Review to come
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
Read as an audio book.

One of the things I enjoy about reading books, is exploring new places and wondering what it would be like to visit them. I've read series set in the desert southwest in New Mexico, I've read series set in Charleston, South Carolina, and series set in Las Angeles (thought I'm still not inclined to go to LA). This is the first time I've had a book so utterly turn me off from something - I love to hike, I've thought about hiking the Appalachian Trail, and after reading this
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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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