Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Knife Creek (Mike Bowditch #8) by Paul Doiron

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1388 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (June 13 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NA925N2

Book Description

 When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting wild boars that are tearing up the forest and farms in his district, he makes a horrific discovery—the body of a baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: DNA tests link the infant to a young woman who has been missing and presumed dead after she disappeared from a group rafting trip four years earlier.

As he assists the reopened investigation, Bowditch begins to suspect that some of his neighbors aren’t who they seem to be. When violence strikes close to home, he realizes that his unknown enemies will stop at nothing to keep their terrible secrets. Mike Bowditch has bucked the odds his whole career, but this time the intrepid warden may have finally followed his hunches one step too far.

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

 Knife Creek is the eighth Mike Bowditch by Paul Doiron. I have read all of the previous books in this series. Knife Creek is an excellent addition to the series.

I have enjoyed watching Mike Bowditch grow and mature in this series, from a young hot head to an inquisitive young man who enjoys his career in the Maine Warden Series. His relationship with Stacey Stevens also grows and changes in Knife Creek.

Paul Doiron is an excellent writer and storyteller. His knowledge of the State of Maine is undeniable. I enjoy all the interesting places in the state that the author has taken us to. I knew nothing about the Saco River before and now I am anxious to see it! Doiron is a great ambassador for the state.

I really enjoy this series. The mystery component of this tale was well laid out and I didn't figure it out the killer until it was revealed. Lots of action and some twists.

Highly recommend Knife Creek. I read a copy through my library's ebook request system.

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