Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: Trespasser by Paul Doiron

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312558473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312558475

Product Description


In Paul Doiron's riveting follow-up to his Edgar Award-nominated novel, The Poacher's Son, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch's quest to find a missing woman leads him through a forest of lies in search of a killer who may have gotten away with murder once before.

    While on patrol one foggy March evening, Bowditch receives a call for help. A woman has reportedly struck a deer on a lonely coast road. When the game warden arrives on the scene, he finds blood in the road--but both the driver and the deer have vanished. And the state trooper assigned to the accident appears strangely unconcerned.

    The details of the disappearance seem eerily familiar. Seven years earlier, a jury convicted lobsterman Erland Jefferts of the rape and murder of a wealthy college student and sentenced him to life in prison. For all but his most fanatical defenders, justice was served. But when the missing woman is found brutalized in a manner that suggests Jefferts may have been framed, Bowditch receives an ominous warning from state prosecutors to stop asking questions.

    For Bowditch, whose own life was recently shattered by a horrific act of violence, doing nothing is not an option. His clandestine investigation reopens old wounds between Maine locals and rich summer residents and puts both his own life and that of the woman he loves in jeopardy. As he closes in on his quarry, he suddenly discovers how dangerous his opponents are, and how far they will go to prevent him from bringing a killer to justice.

About the 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. Please visit his Web site at

My Review

I have been waiting with great anticipation for the latest installment of the Warden Mike Bowditch series from author Paul Doiron.  His debut novel, The Poacher's Son, which was released last year was a fabulous thriller.  Trespasser is just as good if not better.  I love the character Mike Bowditch.  He stumbles through life, a bit of a rebel, not really sure how to handle his relationship with his girl, but with a great need to do his job properly.   His instincts are always dead on...he knew he should have tried harder to find the missing driver in the opening pages.

This fast paced adventure thriller keeps you turning the pages!  Doiron portrays the real Maine...the poverty of many of the citizens along side of the ocean-side summer homes of the wealthy.  The obsession with ATVs that has gripped rural America and the new problems they've created.  The characters in Doiron's Maine are realistic portrayals of its people. You don't have to have read The Poacher's Son to follow the story in Trespasser but a smart reader would read it first and would read it because it is an excellent book!

Trespasser is highly recommended by this blogger!

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