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Bad Little Falls: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Doiron
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Book Description

Anthony- and Edgar-award nominated author Paul Doiron delivers another “masterpiece of high-octane narrative” (Booklist) with his newest harrowing thriller about the hunt for a murderer at the height of a major snowstorm

Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been sent into exile,
transferred by his superiors to a remote outpost on the Canadian
border. When a blizzard descends on the coast, Bowditch is
called to the rustic cabin of a terrified couple. A raving and halffrozen
man has appeared at their door, claiming his friend is lost
in the storm. But what starts as a rescue mission in the wilderness
soon becomes a baffling murder investigation. The dead man is a
notorious drug dealer, and state police detectives suspect it was
his own friend who killed him. Bowditch isn’t so sure, but his
vow not to interfere in the case is tested when he finds himself
powerfully attracted to a beautiful woman with a dark past and
a troubled young son. The boy seems to know something about
what really happened in the blizzard, but he is keeping his secrets
locked in a cryptic notebook, and Mike fears for the safety of the
strange child. Meanwhile, an anonymous tormentor has decided
to make the new warden’s life a living hell. Alone and outgunned,
Bowditch turns for assistance to his old friend, the legendary
bush pilot Charley Stevens. But in this snowbound landscape—
where smugglers wage blood feuds by night—help seems very
far away indeed. If Bowditch is going to catch a killer, he must
survive on his own wits and discover strength he never knew he

Editorial Reviews


Bad Little Falls is a jewel of a book.  Doiron has gotten it all magnificently right: a hell of a good mystery, beautifully drawn landscape and characters so evocatively written they follow you off the page.  Buy this.  The guy can write.” —Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of Rope

About the Author

Bestselling author PAUL DOIRON is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher's Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00779RJOM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A series that deepens over time August 20, 2012
I don't read tons of mysteries, but the series that I like (there are a few) feature a main character who develops over time. Mike Bowditch is young, kind of a mess, a guy I want to root for. In each book, he reveals more of his messed-up psyche, but also more of his compassion and vulnerability. I also love a good evocation of place, and Paul Doiron is amazingly good at conjuring the natural darkness, power, and beauty of the Maine landscape, which always figures into the mystery at hand. I also loved the little boy in this one--a weird kid that Mike reluctantly relates to. The mystery is layered and compelling, and the landscape serves as a compelling character all by itself. Doiron is on top of his game here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having been a Maine Game Warden myself, now retired - and having written my own memoirs, I'm totally consumed by Paul Doiron and his writings. The Poacher's son, Trespass, Bad Little Falls, and Massacre Pond have a real sense of reality involving some of the coincidental descriptions of the real wardens within the areas Paul describes.
Bad Little Falls was especially a real mystery and a great read. I couldn't put it down.
I've personally met Paul and admire his down to earth attitude as much as his writing skills and his superb knowledge of the outdoors, including his knowledge of the very department I once worked for.
Paul captivates the reader into following along in the mystery of the time - and I find it as almost impossible to put his book down once I've started reading it.
If you enjoy a good mystery - and a realistic taste of Maine wildlife adventures, Paul's books are a must read. I highly recommend his writings. I'm sure there will be more to come - at least I hope so.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! August 12, 2012
By Figment
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Bad Little Falls is the best yet! Right from page 1, I needed to know more about Lucas Sewall and his revealing notebook, and in characteristic fashion, Doiron weaves the document's contents through the story as it unfolds. The characters are familiar and real (I think one lives down my road), from a part of Maine that seldom finds its way to the fiction shelf. Through Mike Bowditch's eyes, we explore the "other" side of Maine: beyond idyllic landscapes and tourist attractions, we meet authentic, complicated people struggling to make ends meet by cobbling together sources of income and food (some legal, some not). As in real life, the bad guys aren't completely evil and the good guys are humanly flawed. They are all people I wanted to know more about.

The book arrived from Amazon Saturday morning; I read all night to find out what would happen--and now, I'll give it a second reading just to appreciate Paul Doiron's writing as he describes weather conditions, landscapes, and the particular details that make his characters come alive. He's a master of imagery; his powerful account of searching for Randall Cates in the blizzard took my breath away: I was right there with them. A second journey through frozen Washington County is the perfect antidote to this humid August day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lively tale with lots of surprises July 25, 2013
By Baddog
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The plot for Bad Little Falls moves along, building tension and surprises aplenty. The characters have strong personalities and the dialogue is sprightly. The reader has many an incentive to read well into the night when he, or she, ought to be fast asleep. The writing style is strong on 'showing', which involves the reader in the story and enriches the reading experience.
D K Elliott, author, The Canyon Caper
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd listen to the next one too October 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Bad Little Falls is the third book in Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch series, but a first read of this author for me.

Bowditch is a game warden. He's been sent to a remote outpost in Maine by his superiors for past transgressions. And it's mighty cold in Maine in the winter. One of his first call outs is for a man missing in a snowstorm. His friend made it to the house of a local couple, but the other man is still out there. When that man is found dead by means other than the weather, it becomes a murder investigation. And the dead man - he's a known drug dealer.

The weather is cold and so is the welcome from the locals for Mike. Someone nails a dead coyote skin to his door and his superior officer makes light of it. He seems to be butting heads with nearly everyone in town - a renowned wilderness expert, the local sheriff, local trappers and more. The one person who doesn't seem to hate him is Jamie Sewall - MacDonald's employee of the month, a single mom to a strange little boy and a woman with lots of ties to the murder investigation.

Doiron has written an entertaining if not overly involved mystery. There are lots of red herrings and possible suspects. I did find myself wondering at a game warden's seeming over involvement in a murder investigation. I enjoyed the actual references to game warden activity (the frozen zebra was a great story), but there weren't that many. I follow another series featuring a game warden who is a little older, a little more established and a little wiser. I found Bowditch's decision to become romantically involved with Jamie Sewell somewhat rash, hurried and unbelievable. And one sided as well - we never really hear from Jamie herself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars kindle was ok, the audible less so.
Better read than listened to. The narrator made it sound like the hero was a whining jerk. When I switched back to the kindle it was better. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mystery Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down!
I can't wait to read more adventures of Mike Bowditch. Doiron captures the essential Maine woods and the difficult job our Game Wardens do every day.
Published 14 days ago by Sylvia Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars He is a fantastic author, and describes Maine and it's back roads ...
He is a fantastic author, and describes Maine and it's back roads beautifully.

Thanks Paul for your great characters, and for all the previous novels. Read more
Published 16 days ago by tweenie
3.0 out of 5 stars A straight three stars, nothing more.
This book, like the others in the Mike Bowditch series, is decent enough light reading. The plot holds my interest well enough. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Bill Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it so much
I plan to read all of his novels. It is fun to read about places that are familiar and he makes it very interesting. It is a book that is hard to put down.
Published 1 month ago by Nonni Biscotti
4.0 out of 5 stars One his best stories yet
Really liked this one. It will keep your interest through entire book !!! Mike Bowditch really has his work cut out for him in this one.
Published 3 months ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars if you can rent it from the library you might like the book a little...
This is the third in the Mike Bowditch series. There was a mystery, but it didn't have a whole lot to do with his being a game warden. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The author of this book is a Mainer and lives in Maine and knows what he is writing about. I can't wait until his next book is published.
Published 5 months ago by Paul H. Goguen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
What a pleasant book for Machias and surrounding areas. Very detailed and down to earth author for creating stories about Maine.
Published 5 months ago by katlyn Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book.
My favorite of the four Mike Bowditch mysteries; although all great reads. Looking forward to the fifth book coming in July.
Published 6 months ago by Ron Young
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More About the Author

Paul Doiron is an award-winning journalist and 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 in the Mike Bowditch series, Trespasser, won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller and has been called a "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" by Booklist.

His third novel in the series, Bad Little Falls, was a Bookscan Bestseller and was a finalist for the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maine Literary Award.

The fourth Mike Bowditch book, Massacre Pond, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and was an Indie Next Pick and Indie Favorite.

A native of Maine, Paul attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is Editor Emeritus of "Down East: The Magazine of Maine," having served as Editor in Chief from 2005 to 2013. He is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

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