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(Mike Bowditch #7)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,715 ratings  ·  212 reviews
In Paul Doiron's Widowmaker, When a mysterious woman in distress appears outside his home, Mike Bowditch has no clue she is about to blow his world apart. Amber Langstrom is beautiful, damaged, and hiding a secret with a link to his past.. She claims her son Adam is a wrongfully convicted sex offender who has vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the W ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Minotaur Books
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Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Widowmaker through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Minotaur Books and especially to Paul Doiron who always turns out a remarkable read.

"You are exceptionally bad at following helpful advice, Bowditch. It's almost a gift."

And so begins another Bowditch leap into the jagged woods of Maine as a district game warden who doesn't always follow the rules. Bowditch follows the breadcrumbs and the crumbs scatter to parts unknown.

It's mid January and Mike Bowditch spots a
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I think it's a good book! I hope you do too. Thank you for reading.
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book in a great series. The unique wildlife and small community problems faced by Maine Game Wardens is a learning experience in every book. Mike Bowditch continues to develop as a character and seems to be leaving his rebellious rookie days behind him. There's a balance between impulsiveness and heroism that makes him unpredictable and wonderful to follow.

This book takes place around an older Maine ski resort area that's changed hands recently and is operating at less than capacity. Mike
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Puzzling and lacking cohesive excitement, I will not be reading any other stories in this series. 1 of 10 stars
Sharon Huether
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Between trying to find a missing person and capturing a wolf dog, Warden Bowditch was a very busy man. Next he get a call about murder and mayhem at a near by logging camp.
All in a day's work for Warden Bowditch.
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Good story, but the ending was shaky. Loose ends abound.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
With his girlfriend Stacy out of town and a few days off due to an injury, Game Warden Mike Bowditch gives in to a plea from an old girlfriend of his notorious father that she help him find her missing son. While the case is a dark one involving sexual predators, Doiron depicts the Maine landscape with such detail that readers can feel the icy wind and hear the howling wolves. A fast-paced and thoroughly engrossing read.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Amphiesma stolata

Paul Doiron has an English degree from Yale and an MFA in creative writing. Surprisingly, this results in writing that is efficient, direct, and nuanced in its humor. His characters seem real, their actions modeled on genuine human behavior. With Lauren Pulsifer, for example, I realized that I was imagining her as my neighbor across the way. Shadow the wolf-dog, though, 90% wolf and 10% dog, seemed too good to be true. Nor did I buy for a second that Mike Bowditch was 28. Everything running thro
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this series, I love the location and I love Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowditch. This series just keeps getting better and better and in this book we learn about the possible chance that he may have a long-lost missing half brother which puts Mike in a quandary as he tries to find out what could have possibly happened to him. Memories of his father resurface and the goings on at the ski resort, Widowmaker where his father use to work, and the mysterious camp for released sexual offenders add ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good book from Mr. Doiron as Mike Bowditch is back on the job as game warden and tangles with a pair of druggies and captures their wolf-dog. He has also been approached by a woman who is asking for his help in finding her son missing for a private facility for sex-offenders and she offers an argument that catches Mike completely off guard and has him thinking about his father again. I am glad I found this author as I really enjoy his books.
Diane S ☔
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 review to follow.
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Review: WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron

I really love this engrossing series set in Maine, focusing on Game Warden Mike Bowditch, formerly Angry Young Man bending rules till they shriek, now somewhat more settled, a man whom nothing escapes--the perfect observer. Throughout the series we are privileged to watch Mike mature, and develop as a law enforcement official, as well as gradually discovering his backstory.

In WIDOWMAKER, Mike is drawn into a missing person investigation, uncove
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
#7 in the Mike Bowditch series. Amber Langstrom approaches Mike and tells him her son Adam is missing from a lumber camp populated by sex offenders unemployable elsewhere. Adam had just been paroled after doing a stretch for statutory rape. After Mike turns her down, she drops the bombshell - Adam is Mike's half-brother, the son of Jack Bowditch, a deceased notorious poacher and murderer. Mike's search takes him to the area of Widowmaker, a ski area where Jack had once been employed and where Mi ...more
Chris Conley
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Mike Bowditch series keeps getting better and better. Now that Mike is no longer careening down a path of self destruction, the stories seem stronger and more interesting. There is still plenty of mayhem but now, finally, it is tempered by his insight and terrific intelligence.
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. However it lacked the pull and intrigue of Precipice. Don't get me wrong it was an enjoyable read.
The ending for me lack completion, it was Mr. Doiron was not sure how to wrap it up, so he just ended it.

This will not stop me from reading his next book.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This series just keeps getting better. Who knew the life of a Maine game warden could be so full of adventure and danger. The main character continues to impress with the growth of his judgement and maturity, and the author has kept this maturation at a believable rate with each new book. It really is like watching a beloved but raw, impulsive, self-destructive kid become this impressive, competent grown-up. Just to keep it interesting, Mike still makes some rash and not well-thought out decisio ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book as a stand-alone, so I was not familiar with the Mike Bowditch character. I didn't feel as if this was a problem, although I'm sure it would be a bonus to follow the character and get to know him.

Mike Bowditch is a game warden in Maine, and this fact alone sets this fast-paced, well-written mystery apart from others in this genre. The descriptions of animals and environment are very interesting apart from the plot.

A woman in distress appeals to Mike, claiming her missing son,
Laurie Buchanan
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Paul Doiron is a new-to-me author. I'm glad I followed my hunch and picked up WIDOWMAKER. Little did I know that it's part of a series, but the good news is, it has enough spine to stand alone. Will I go back and read the previous books? You betcha!
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it.
Christine Heng
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
It kept me wanting to read on, which is good. But not a fan of the ending. So much left unsaid.
Cheryl Landmark
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come soon.
Geoff. Lamb
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My intro to this author. Superb. Only quibble, the last chapter felt tacked on, out of place with the rest of the story.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, maine, mystery
Mike Bowditch (much like Harry Potter did through each of the continuous novels about him) grows up and learns and becomes more and more of a thinker, better and better at his job and his impetuousness, as the years pass. He's really grown on me, and these stories - both the complex plotting and the much-loved setting in the woods of Maine, make these mysteries one of the very best series I've ever read.,
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the seventh book in Doiron’s crime series featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. (In Maine, game wardens are full law-enforcement officers, with all the powers of state troopers: “They are the ‘off-road police.’”)

Mike, 28, has been a game warden for five years, and has been dating Stacy Stevens. Stacy is a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Currently she is up north in Ashland, Maine, studying a dying-off of moose in the state, so Mike is
Ronald Roseborough
It’s been a while since I read one of Paul Doiron’s novels about Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. It only took a couple of pages to be transformed back into the beautiful wintry landscape of Maine. Mike has a steady girl friend now who shares his passion for nature. Stacey is in a remote area of northern Maine helping take a survey of the moose population that has been plagued by vicious ticks. These blood suckers are causing a drastic decline in the numbers of moose. Mike, just starting to feel ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Widowmaker was the 7th book in Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch series. It was the first book I've read by this author. Although it was a later book in the series, I felt like stepping into this series and the characters without having the backstory wasn't too difficult. (However, there seemed to be a lot of backstory I was missing, and I will probably go back and read some of the earlier books.)

Mike is a game warden in rural Maine, and out of the blue a lady, Amber Langstrom, stops by Mike's house t
St. Martin's Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Widowmaker, in exchange for an honest review.

Mike Bowditch, a game warden in Maine, is surprised by an unexpected visitor at his house. Amber Langstrom claims to be looking for Mike because she needs his help. After a story about her son Adam, missing and in trouble with the law, Amber gets to the real reason for her visit. When Mike gets injured on the job, he reevaluates his initial answer to Amber's question. As Mike inve
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paul Doiron is one of my very favorite mystery writers, and his latest Mike Bowditch tale is a stellar seventh addition to a great series. (I'm glad to report that Mike—though he's supposedly growing and maturing as time passes—retains enough of his natural irascibility to keep things interesting). Widowmaker kicks off with a strange woman barging into Mike's life to tell him he has a half-brother he didn't know about; a half-brother who's missing and possibly in big trouble. From there we're of ...more
Ray Palen
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
To say that Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch has some family issues would be an understatement. The first novel in this series, THE POACHER'S SON, refers in title to his father who was a legendary criminal in Maine guilty of poaching and killing a cop.

Now with the release of WIDOWMAKER, Bowditch is following clues left by a mysterious and alluring woman. These clues lead him to the small town of Widowmaker where he will begin his search for an alleged long-lost brother of his. The Bowditch bloodl
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The Mike Bowditch series continues and instead of getting more implausible with each passing installment, it is more believable and somewhat touching. But when you end a book by leaving so many plot points wide open, you realize that you're in the middle of a lllloooonnnngggg series that is setting you up for many more installments. But if they're all like this book, it will be enjoyable. Bowditch was more vulnerable in this book, and less of a bad boy, although he did have his moments. I'll be ...more
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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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“In my life, I had heard hundreds of coyotes and even more dogs, but never anything like this except in television shows. Wolves had been extirpated from the Northeast more than a century ago. Never in my life had I expected to hear them howling in the wild mountains of New England. ((c) 2016, p 239)” 0 likes
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