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One Last Lie

(Mike Bowditch #11)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,941 ratings  ·  257 reviews

A sudden disappearance reveals a startling connection to a 15-year-old cold case in the new thriller from bestselling Edgar Award finalist Paul Doiron.

“Never trust a man without secrets.” These are the last words retired game warden Charley Stevens speaks to his surrogate son, Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch, before the old man vanishes without explanation into a thousan

Hardcover, 310 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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    Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    "Never trust a man without secrets."

    Charley Stevens has gone missing and Mike Bowditch has very little to go on - an antique badge found by Charley at a flea market and the letter that Charley left for him. He finds out the badge once belonged to a missing warden who is presumed dead and whose body was never found. On his pursuit to find his mentor and surrogate father, Mike learns that many people he knows have secrets, that some will do whatever it takes to keep the past in the past, and t
    May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Mystery/suspense fans who love animals and nature
    Recommended to Paula by: NetGalley
    Not too long ago Goodreads friend Michael Edwards mentioned I might like to read the Mike Bowditch series as I frequently visit the beautiful state of Maine. Written by Paul Doiron, a native of Maine, the series centers around Mike Bowditch’s occupation as a Game Warden now promoted to Investigator Warden. Animals and nature are a wonderful background to his stories.

    I came across ONE LAST LIE, Doiron’s latest, on NetGalley and took the opportunity to settle into the call of nature. I couldn’t ha
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    This one is for the Charley Stevens fans.
    How do you bite down hard on a lie and not taste its long-lasting bitterness?

    One Last Lie opens the door wide on one of the finest books in this series. Paul Doiron does Mike Bowditch proud in an exceptional panorama of life in Maine through the rugged terrain making up the internal workings of Investigator/Warden Bowditch. This one has a lot of action and uncertainty as we travel through multiple counties and small towns at the heels of Bowditch. Doiron knows how to showcase the multi-layered c
    Nov 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
    If you're into slow moving, picky plots this may be for you. 1 of 10 stars ...more
    Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    One Last Lie by Paul Doiron is the eleventh book in the MIne Warden Inspector Mike Bowditch series. Although this is book eleven, toucan read this one without having read the previous entries in the series.

    Bowditch travels to Florida to do background checks on a potential new hire when he is called by his mentor's wife because Charley is missing. Mike travels home to Maine and starts a clandestine search for his mentor and father figure and also hunts for clues in a cold case involving the murd
    I felt as though I couldn't get enough of ONE LAST LIE, which is a thrilling novel! A while back a terrible crime occurred when an undercover game warden was killed and the body never found. Everything begins to come back into play when a warden's badge is discovered at a flea market. I believe everyone will enjoy reading this novel. Beware, there are some bad folks in Maine!! ...more
    Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Okay, I get excited when I learn that one of my favorite authors has completed a new book. When it's part of a favorite series, I get even more excited. By the end of the first chapter of this one, I had a big smile on my face. Now I've finished - and I want another one. The sooner the better, please and thank you.

    Honestly, I don't know why I love the series so much. Of course, the writing is outstanding and the stories are complex enough to be hold my attention every page of the way but simple
    Kerry Pickens
    Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-2020
    Paul Doiron is one of my favorite writers, and his books just keep getting better. This particular story is about his mentor Charlie's disappearance, and Mike Bowditch uses his detective skills to unravel a complicated mystery concerning the past death of another game warden. Excellent storytelling keeps you guessing how the whole situation adds up to finding Charlie. ...more
    Dana Stabenow
    Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
    Solid characterization (and Doiron is not afraid to let his female characters kick his male characters in the intellectual balls) and sufficiently twisty plot but here the setting reigns supreme. The state of Maine is vividly executed, scenically, historically, agriculturally, and geographically. I wouldn't want to get lost in the backwoods, though. Fun read. ...more
    Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars rounded up because I like this series and have a soft spot for books set in Maine.

    This one is loaded with Maine characters and culture as our MC, Mike Bowditch, searches for his beloved mentor, Charley. The mystery of Charley's sudden disappearance sends him to the northern boundary of Maine and immerses him in communities filled with suspicious and quirky people who might be somehow connected to a deadly drug raid years ago. Charley's role in the raid seems cut and dried but somethin
    Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Maine Game Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch is down in Florida investigating an applicant for a pilot's job. He receives a call from his mentor's wife Ora. Charley left home and she's had no communication from him. Charley is like a father to Mike and he'll do anything to find him.

    The book started out fast, slowed down a little with the investigation, then the action picked up toward the end. Mike has always been good at investigating. He's also good at getting into trouble, although that seems
    Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely love this series and it just keeps getting better and better. The characters are believable, the setting is beautiful, and the story line grips you from the very first chapter. I love a book like that!

    This one gets personal for Mike as he searches for his surrogate father, Charley Stevens, who has disappeared without an explanation. It all seems to relate to a former game warden and his disappearance from an uncover assignment that Charley was a part of. Plus Mike's old girlfriend s
    Sharon Mensing
    May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Paul Doiron writes so beautifully about the backwoods of Maine in this series, and I was fascinated to see that he could do the same about the everglades in Florida. The book starts with Mike Bowditch, former game warden, now investigator, doing a background check in Florida of a pilot candidate for the Maine warden service. The book is bracketed by this investigation, but the main plot deals with Bowditch using his comp time to come to the aid of his friend Ora in finding her husband, Bowditch' ...more
    May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
    Unfortunately, this one was not a favourite for me. I think that is mainly because I have never read anything from this author and I believe this is a new book in a long running series, which I have never read. I had trouble getting invested in the characters. So honestly, it's not the fault of the author at all! Let's start with what I did like about this novel. It definately did have some moments of suspense. I felt like I wanted a bit more from it, but I was kept guessing more than once which ...more
    John Wintersteen
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: priorities
    Another in the long line of the great Paul Doiron series books. Seemingly written effortlessly but one knows how difficult it is.
    Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is the 11th book in Doiron’s crime series featuring former Maine game warden and now recently promoted warden investigator Mike Bowditch. (In Maine, game wardens are full law-enforcement officers, with all the powers of state troopers: “They are the ‘off-road police.’” A warden investigator, on the other hand, is “for all intents and purposes a plainclothes detective.”)

    This book begins with Mike in Florida doing a background check on someone who had applied for a job with the Maine Warden
    May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch considers retired game warden Charley to be family, looking up to him like a father. So when Charley vanishes without explanation, Mike investigates and learns that just prior to his disappearance Charley found an antique badge at a flea market. The badge belonged to a warden who was believed to have been murdered fifteen years ago, though his body was never found. Mike reopens the cold case, hoping that resolving it will allow him to find his friend.

    The myster
    Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    These books are addicting. Started with book #5 "The Bone Orchard" backtracked to the beginning and haven't looked back. The main character always seems to find himself in the middle of a complex issue that eventually resolves itself with heart pounding certainty. There have been books in the series that I wasn't sure if things would suddenly end with the main character's death or if they would live to see the next book.

    "One Last Lie" was a humdinger of a story. Complex with layers of intrigue a
    Christopher Williams
    Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I have always enjoyed this series but maybe this is the best. Certainly in terms of plot. Charley Stevens goes missing and Mike Bowditch, Maine Game Warden, has to go and look for his best friend.

    This is despite Charley asking him, by letter, not too. What has set Charley off is finding an old warden badge being sold at a flea market at which he became angry with the vendor.

    I won't set out too much of the plot but this links to the disappearance 15 years ago of an Investigator Warden who had g
    Susan Emmet
    Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
    I'm afraid my rating is affected by the heat. And it being pandemic time. I've been waiting for weeks to buy #11 and Mike Bowditch is one of my favorite characters. Doiron persists in his fine ability to capture scene and character through deft detailing, as well as cycle around in time. Plus I love Charley and Ora Stevens and looked forward to meeting new villains and thieves. Boy, there are plenty of the latter.
    However, like other readers and reviewers who track the next Doiron mystery, my ten
    Amy Warren
    Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The latest installment in the Mike Bowditch series. Mike, an investigator for the ME Game Warden service, starts the book doing an investigation into a candidate for the warden service and is called home when his old friend and mentor Charley Steven's goes missing. What follows is another thoroughly well-written mystery about a cold case from Charley's past. This series is one of my favorites for several reasons..characters are so memorable and likeable, Doiron is a wonderful story teller...desp ...more
    Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Paul Doirion never disappoints. The latest book in the Mike Bowditch series is also the best. It's definitely a page turner that kept me guessing until the end. Bowditch grows personally & professionally in each book, & I've loved seeing his evolution. As someone who works in this field, it's clear that Doirion does his research, which is greatly appreciated & rarely carried out to such detail. He doesn't hesitate to inject humor, & my favorite line of the book was "emergency ass surgery," about ...more
    Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this latest entry into the Mike Bowditch series. It show cases a different aspect of Maine while making the mystery a lot more personal. I think it’s a big one in terms of setting the stage for the next cycle of growth for Mike. I could do without the Dani/Stacey diversions though. The tortured romance isn’t my thing. Outside of that, which is relatively minor, I enjoyed it!

    I received an advance copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
    Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    It's a complex story line that I couldn't figure out until the very end! I love books like that, and the authors who can make that happen. It guarantees that you will remain engaged with the story until the end, and then curse Mr. Doiron for only writing one book a year. Too long to wait for the next chapter of Mr. Bowditch's life. ...more
    This starts in Florida with a python hunt but soon returns to Warden Investigator Mike Bowdith's home state of Maine, where his father-figure, retired warden-pilot Charley Stevens, has disappeared. Very exciting. ...more
    Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Solid series. Presque Isle is pronounced more like "press Kyle" than "presk Isle". ...more
    Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Another great book. I am enjoying the character development and the they way the author presents the mystery. I listened to this book. I happy to say the narrator has done a good job with Maine pronunciations.
    Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This series just keeps on getting better and better.
    Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    My Rating: 3 Game Warden Badges

    A good story about a game warden in Maine. Along the lines of C.J. Box.
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