THE POACHER’S SON by Paul Doiron
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A Maine Game Warden fights to clear his no-account father of murder charges in this deeply felt actioner.

Even before his parents divorced, Mike Bowditch wasn’t close to his father, and after the breakup, when Jack Bowditch descended into a swamp of womanizing and drinking, Mike had less and less to do with him. Since the last time he saw his father two years ago, he’s become a Game Warden—a slap in the face to both his poacher father and his girlfriend, Sarah Harris, who left Mike when she realized he was never going to go to law school. Now Jack’s back in Mike’s life with a vengeance. Someone has shot Jonathan Shipman, the spokesman for the deeply unpopular corporate purchaser of a 100-year-old campground that’s obviously planning to shove the current residents aside in the name of development, and Bill Brodeur, the deputy who was guarding him. Det. Wayne Soctomah is convinced that Jack was the shooter. So is almost everyone else in Somerset County except for Mike and his mother, Marie Turner. Scorning Marie and her second husband, attorney Neil Turner, who go into hiding to avoid Jack, Mike vows to do whatever he can to vindicate the father who’s been phoning him for help. His decision leads to a series of disastrously self-destructive actions that Doiron makes perfectly credible, all interspersed with a series of flashbacks to Mike’s childhood that are both tender and chilling.

C.J. Box goes East. Like Box, Doiron will have his hands full trying to top his accomplished debut.

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-55846-8
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2010


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