Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: Widowmaker (Mike Bowditch #7) by Paul Doiron

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 14 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018291NM4

Book Description

In Paul Doiron's Widowmaker, When a mysterious woman in distress appears outside his home, Mike Bowditch has no clue she is about to blow his world apart. Amber Langstrom is beautiful, damaged, and hiding a secret with a link to his past.. She claims her son Adam is a wrongfully convicted sex offender who has vanished from a brutal work camp in the high timber around the Widowmaker Ski Resort. She also claims that Adam Langstrom is the illegitimate son of Jack Bowditch, Mike’s dead and diabolical father. He is the half-brother Mike never knew he had.

After trying so hard to put his troubled past behind him, Mike is reluctant to revisit the wild country of his childhood and again confront his father’s history of violence. But Amber’s desperation and his own need to know the truth make it hard for him to refuse her pleas for help.

In search of answers, Bowditch travels through a mountainous wilderness to a place hidden from the rest of the world, where the military guards a top-secret interrogation base, sexual predators live together in a backwoods colony, and self-styled vigilantes are willing to murder anyone they consider their enemies.

Mike Bowditch must exorcise the demons of the past before the real-life demons of the present kill him first.

About the Author

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 2010 list.

His second book, Trespasser, won the Maine Literary Award, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller, and has been called a "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" by Booklist. The third novel, Bad Little Falls, was a Bookscan Bestseller and a nominee for the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maine Literary Award. Massacre Pond, the fourth in the series, was an Indie Next pick and an Indie Favorite, as well as Bookscan Bestseller, and Maine Literary Award finalist. The Bone Orchard received a Best of Maine award from Down East. The Precipice was a LibraryReads selection and a RT Top Pick. The seventh Mike Bowditch novel, Widowmaker, will be published on June 14, 2016.

Paul is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as Editor in Chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time. 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. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and a current member of the Maine Humanities Council. He is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

His novels have been translated into 10 languages: German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Czech. The UK editions of his books are published by Constable & Robinson.

My Review

Everyone has author's whose books they look forward to every year. Paul Doiron has become one of those authors to me. His books are always well written and hard to put down. Widowmaker is the seventh book in the Mike Bowditch series by Paul Doiron. It is a fabulous read.

Mike Bowditch is a game warden in the state of Maine. Mike patrols the woods of Maine. My husband's late father and many of his uncles worked the forests of Maine. They were French Canadians who lived just over Maine's northern border. Many of them and their descendants settled and live in Maine to this day. So I have visited there...we've driven through those backroads and woods. I enjoy the setting of the Bowditch novels very much. Doiron authentically portrays those woods.

Mike Bowditch has always been on the edge of right and wrong. He is trying to do right in Widowmaker. I think that he succeeds in this. The ghost of Jack Bowditch, Mike's late father, is present once again. A woman contacts Mike and claims that he has a half-brother who is missing. Could this be true...that is that Adam Langstrom is really Jack's son...Mike is haunted by this throughout the book. You'll have to read Widowmaker to find out what happens here. Stacey and Mike are still together though Stacey is away working but always close to Mike's heart. Their relationship also figures prominently in Mike's story throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed Widowmaker and highly recommend it. This is a great series. You should read every book, in order. Yes you should!

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