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Bad Little Falls: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition

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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

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  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312558481
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00779RJOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, as well as a finalist for The Maine Literary Award.

The Bone Orchard, the fifth book in the series, was a Bookscan Bestseller and received a "Down East" Magazine "Best of Maine" award.

The sixth Mike Bowditch novel, The Precipice, was a Library Reads pick and spent three weeks on the American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller List.

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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
The third book in the Mike Bowditch series continues from the 2nd book, and is quite a good effort. The Maine Game Warden often finds himself in the middle of situations that a man of his young years has trouble dealing with, but he somehow muddles through. First, unlike a lot of series characters, the changes in Mike's life since the last book are more than cosmetic. He's been transferred to the farthest point NE on the map in Maine, a blighted area full of drugs, poachers and generally a lower class of people than he is used to interacting with. If anything, it's even colder and has worse weather than anything he is used to, and to top it off, his new boss is a jerk. He's living in a trailer driving a beat up old vehicle, and has managed to piss off one of the area's big shots, the owner of a canned hunting range, and people are starting to vandalize his home.

As you can see Mike has fallen far, but he realizes his behavior and attitude is what caused him a lot of problems before, and is trying to improve his life. Into this comes a new mystery and perhaps a damsel in distress, who Mike thinks needs rescuing from an awful situation involving a karate teacher ex-husband, a drug dealing ex-boyfriend and brother, and a son who has many secrets in a journal he keeps.

As usual Paul Doiron weaves a great tale out of the atmosphere and people of NE Maine. Reminds me a lot of the Steve Hamilton series of books, both in the setting and the main character (although Mike is definitely more gung ho and less laid back than Hamilton's series character).
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