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Knife Creek

(Mike Bowditch #8)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,607 ratings  ·  314 reviews
When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting wild boars that are tearing up the forest and farms in his district, he makes a horrific discovery—the body of a baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: DNA tests link the infant to a young woman who has been missing and presumed dead after she disappeared from a group rafting trip four years earlie ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Dione It is not necessary to read the first seven books. I started with this one and I followed the story without any problems. There were references to oth…moreIt is not necessary to read the first seven books. I started with this one and I followed the story without any problems. There were references to other books but they were not critical to the storyline.(less)
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Strike the match......

'Cause this one is on fire.

Mike Bowditch is back as the Maine game warden with an explosive attitude. "My methods might have been unorthodox, but they yielded results." And the means to get to those controversial results have always had Mike pushing the boulder up the hill.

Feral hogs have been making their way across certain parts of the country with vastly destructive results in their wake. Mike and his girlfriend, Stacey, are crouched down on a trail near Knife Creek. S
Christine PNW
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first entry into the Mike Bowditch series, but it won't be the last. I've been a fan of C.J. Box Joe Pickett and William Kent Krueger Cork O'Connor series for several years, and I tend to read a lot of mysteries, so when I saw the cover of this book on netgalley, I initially assumed it was a new book in one of those series. I was very surprised when I saw that it was the 8th book in a series set in Maine that was totally new to me.

I thoroughly enjoyed Knife Creek. Mike Bowditch was a
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
KNIFE CREEK is book eight in the Mike Bowditch series and together with his girlfriend Stacey, Mike is tasked with shooting some wild boars that are tearing up the forest and the farms. But, they make an awful discovery, the body of a baby has been buried in a shallow grave, left for the pigs to find and eat. If Mike and Stacey hadn't unearthed the grave nothing would have been left to find after the pigs had been done. It gets even stranger when the DNA links the baby to a young woman that disa ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really engaging book about a Maine game warden, Mike Bowditch and his girlfriend, Stacey, who is working on a scientific moose / biology project for the state. Both have had personal and work incidents that have marred them mentally (and physically in Mikes case). Mike has a reputation of acting out in his earlier days. Both are trying to overcome their past histories / reputation and become successful and healthy people who love their professions. It is hard sometimes, to forget past hurts an ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Tried this book based on favorable reviews on goodreads and I was in the mood to read about Maine, wildlife, nature, etc. I do like Maine.
This style of writing does not please my neurons, but disturbs them. I do not find reading details of kidnapping of a young woman, sexual torture with utilization of heroine injections and multiple murders by means of torture a pleasant visit to the wilds.
My memory of beautiful lakes and observing elk feed in the wild is at risk. Therefore, no more Mike Bowdi
Sharon Huether
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story starts out with a bang!!! and keeps the fast pace though out the book.

Mike Bowditch, the Maine Game Warden was into a thicket of criminal adventures, wild pigs, drug dealers, murders and missing persons.

Loved the book.
Sharon Mensing
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are authors for each of us who, when we pick up their latest book, remind us what it is to read a truly well-written book. These authors don't force us to make trade-offs between characterization, plot, setting, etc. Instead, their books fully engage us on all levels. Paul Doiron is one of those authors for me, and "Knife Creek" is another one of those books.

In this 8th in the Mike Bowditch series, Bowditch and his girlfriend Stacey are hunting wild hogs in the area around Fryeburg, Maine,
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mike Bowditch is back in another fantastic, amazing, marvelously written book. This one will draw you in and not let you go until you reach the end, and what an ending it is. Can't wait to see what is next for our favorite Maine game warden in the future.

Highly recommended!
Suzze Tiernan
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of my favorites in the series. Great plot, characters, story development and place. Love.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch and his fiancee Stacey are out shooting wild hogs in the woods when they find a newborn baby's body in a shallow grave. Although the investigation does not belong to Bowditch, that fact never stopped him before and he's out looking around when he stumbles upon a house that is supposed to be vacant. He sees two women and one looks vaguely familiar to him. When he returns and the house explodes, he works to compose a drawing of the women and recognizes th ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I sat down to read a chapter between chores and before I knew it I had read the entire book. It has been too long since I was unable to put a book down. Admittedly I am a sucker for a forest setting, but Mr. Doiron does a nice job invoking the rustic outdoors with out beating you over the head with it. Perhaps the MC Mike Bowditch has a dash of the arrogant superhero about him, but he is still enjoyable to be sucked into his world for the afternoon.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent entry in an excellent series. Mike Bowditch is a good guy doing a tough job well. He's so mature and sensible in this book that I barely recognize him. ...more
I think he should be fired from the warden service. He gets results, but that's not his job. He's like people who always butt in and aren't even sorry when they have it wrong, they just keep butting in. ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
#8 in the Mike Bowditch series. Author Doiron has provided a fine addition to this series featuring a Maine game warden. His romantic arc with girlfriend Stacy continues but does not intrude into the fast paced main plot. From eliminating feral hogs, to the discovery of a buried new born, kidnapped young women, a slum lord's conspiracy, and a retired state cop on a vendetta, action and plot twists come fast and furious in this exciting novel. Highly recommended.

Maine game warden Mike Bowditch an
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This author is one of my favorites for the way he weaves the Maine landscape and culture into his stories effortlessly. The main character, Mike Bowditch, is so real that I feel like I'd like to meet him as well as his friends, coworkers, and fiancé. One complaint: a map would help those of us who are directionally challenged to visualize where things happen in the story (though many are fictional locations).
This story does get a little grisly in that there's kidnapping, sexual abuse,
Paul Preston
Bowditch is once again walking the tightrope of what is his job and what should be a police matter. Book 8 of this series just didn’t seem to have much to it. There wasn’t any thing new or different. He has girl troubles, works too much, deals with uneducated people, and doesn’t listen when he is told to stand down.
Dave Packard
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Always good to slip back into a comfortable Mike Boditch book. Tough and possibly triggering subject this time, but it is law enforcement, so what do you want? The setting this time was close to my heart, near where I grew up and where I visit when I’m back in Maine. I’ll keep reading these as long as Paul keeps writing them!
Rick Byam
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Paul Doiron continues to offer a magic carpet from your current position to the wilds of Maine, or at least the wild people and events in Maine. I have read all of his books and have enjoyed following Mike Bowditch's career and adventures. I find it so exciting to sit down on my couch in Cincinnati, OH and be whisked off to an event that is well presented, adventurous, and an escape from my present mindset to an area in NE with which I have many connections. This story is a page turner, no doubt ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here is the deal - I really like these books. I devour them in 1-2 sittings and enjoy the suspense and mystery. However this is the 8th book and I realize that author's probably don't read these reviews but the author needs to stop a few things or these books are going to get too repetitive and irritating.

The main character Mike get's injured or attacked in almost every encounter in every book. This is not sustainable and not believable. This book with him getting (spoiler alert ) kidnapped and
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
An excellent series continues with this latest entry in the life, times, and growth of Mike Bowditch's personal and professional life. I'm a huge fan of Mike, a Maine game warden, and have enjoyed his often painful journey for acceptance and recognition of competence after a shaky start in his actual and professional life. Mike is a terrific hero--humble, self-deprecating, insightful, kind, and driven...and he needs all that in this heart-breaking story that begins with the discovery of a dead b ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
"Knife Creek" by Paul Dorion is another in his series of crime Noel's featuring Maine Game Waren Mike Bowditch. I thought it pleasant, entertaining story. The primary character, Warden Bowditch, has the reputation as a warden who manages to be in the epicenter of some violent crime, and is likewise instrumental in bringing the criminal to justice.
The author brings out much of the local color and characters of rural Maine as he describes the beautiful forests that are his police beat.
If this des
Melody Bird
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
I really enjoyed this. Highly recommend!
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth 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 is now 29, has been a game warden for six years, and has been dating Stacy Stevens for two years. Currently they are living together. Stacy is a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, but her job, along with those of many other fi
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper
Covering a second district while a new warden is found, Mike Bowditch and girlfriend Stacy hunt for feral pigs, a danger to people and destructive of habitat. They find the pigs and the body of a baby. After the forensic team left and Mike returns to finish with the pigs, he’s caught in a rainstorm. While waiting in his truck, he peruses an old trail map. He realizes that there is a hidden road equally close to the burial on the back side of this area.

As in the past, Mike is unable to let thing
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, library, mystery, crime
So, it seems that someone didn’t finish their job years ago and now Mike and Stacey are dealing with the ramifications of it. Mike, a Maine game warden becomes more like police investigator in this novel, as he tries to uncover just what is happening in his jurisdiction.

While hunting wild boars with his girlfriend Stacey, they come across the remains of a baby, in a shallow grave, left for the boars to consume. When the child’s DNA is tested, is matches with a victim who has been missing and pre
Sharon Layburn
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
While hunting wild boar, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch discovers the body of a baby left for the animals to dispose of. Horrified, he cannot let such an atrocity rest, and despite warnings from local authorities and his own supervisors, he investigates. Before the mystery is resolved, Mike will uncover crimes, truths, and lies that go beyond- and come closer- than anything he might have imagined.
Knife Creek has a terrific sense of place, a flawed and sympathetic main character, and a fast pace
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch is the type of character you want to raise a hand to - sometimes to give a high five, sometimes to pull into a bear hug, and often to slap upside the head. His strong intuitive skills are once again on full display in a missing persons case, while also being completely clueless in his personal life. It's that imperfection in a lead character that makes these books one of the better suspense/mystery series going. The fast-paced narrative, developing characters, and ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, maine, mystery
Every one of these Mike Bowditch mysteries are just as good as the last. The very best part, for me, is to be out and about in the state of Maine, looking at wildlife and nature through the eyes of someone who loves it. Mike Bowditch is an incredibly likable, smart guy. I do not understand his taste in women, though, and I am looking forward to the ending's possibilities to come. As far as the plot goes, there are a lot of bad people in this one -- you just have to remember that there are loads ...more
Pat Higgins
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed my first Mike Bowditch crime drama. I loved the setting of the novel, small towns along the Saco River in western Maine, right in my backyard. I heard the author speak a few years ago at a local event where I won a copy of this book, but it had sat on my shelves unread until now. While there was some exaggeration of the 4th of July party scenes on the Saco, much of the atmosphere rang true, especially the stress on the local police and wildlife officials. I liked the characters and det ...more
David Gramley
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the book. Paul Doiron is a new author for me. My daughter had given me this book a couple of years ago, and I hate I took this long to one it. The main character, Mike Bowditch, is a game warden in Maine. In this story, he comes across a dead infant as he is hunting for feral wild boars. That start is not the most appealing story line. But, the story goes into how he stays involved in the case, and just as interesting is his relationships with a current girlfriend and also with an ex-gam ...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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