The Poacher's Son: A Novel

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, May 11, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages

Paul Doiron's The Poacher's Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.

Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive—his own father

Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father Jack, a hard drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: they are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before—and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty.

Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop-killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack's brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, he strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. But the only way for Mike to save his father is to find the real killer—which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire.

*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of The Poacher's Son includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide.

 

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User Review  - ssperson - LibraryThing

I really liked this mystery. The main character is a game warden, which, I have to admit, is a profession I know next to nothing about. The author does a good job near the beginning of the book to ... Read full review

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User Review  - whybehave2002 - LibraryThing

I have read this series completely out of sequence and am proof that you can thoroughly love it book by book. :) I've been looking for this book for a while but it was always out of stock. That's a good sign. I started reading whatever book in the series that I could find available. :) Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
CHAPTER 1
5
CHAPTER 2
13
CHAPTER 3
23
CHAPTER 4
33
CHAPTER 5
41
CHAPTER 6
51
CHAPTER 7
55
CHAPTER 18
149
CHAPTER 19
165
CHAPTER 20
175
CHAPTER 21
185
CHAPTER 22
197
CHAPTER 23
211
CHAPTER 24
225
CHAPTER 25
233

CHAPTER 8
61
CHAPTER 9
67
CHAPTER 10
75
CHAPTER 11
85
CHAPTER 12
93
CHAPTER 13
101
CHAPTER 14
109
CHAPTER 15
119
CHAPTER 16
129
CHAPTER 17
141
CHAPTER 26
249
CHAPTER 27
261
CHAPTER 28
271
CHAPTER 29
281
CHAPTER 30
289
CHAPTER 31
295
CHAPTER 32
305
CHAPTER 33
315
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Edgar- and Anthony-nominated author Paul Doiron is the editor-in-chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist.

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