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Massacre Pond: A Novel (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) Hardcover – July 16, 2013
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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
“Doiron's third Bowditch entry is riveting and honest, with full-depth characters and a landscape that isn't cutting any slack. Readers of Nevada Barr and C. J. Box will enjoy this similar tale, with the added surprise of a refreshing hero whose youth and inexperience Doiron skillfully twists into an asset.” ―Booklist
“A high-stakes, high-tension yarn in which you keep wishing everything would turn out fine for the deeply flawed, deeply sympathetic hero.” ―Kirkus
“Excellent . . . a murder case with some truly wicked twists. Dorion matches strong characters with effective prose and subtle characterizations. Fans of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series, likewise set in a remote region close to Canada, will find a lot to like.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
In this fourth book we finally see Mike begin to mature and try to control his reckless self destructive tendencies. Mike was easier to relate to and root for in this book than the previous three. I guess in the end Mike felt more believable as a character and warden.
I would recommend this series to those readers out there who like to think...many mystery writers fail to write a truly thought provoking novel. Doiron's plot line isn't easily predictable and genuinely kept me reading needing to know what was going to happen next trying to solve this mystery with Mike.
The only point I would make about Doiron's portrayal of the warden service is they are not destitute. The average warden doesn't live in a ramshackle trailer or broken down camp. They make a respectable living as is deserved for the job they perform.
Mike Bowditch, a game warden in northern Maine, gets sidelined from investigating the deaths of multiple moose almost as soon as he's drawn into it, and must do his best from the sidelines. He has a strong sense of duty and is a kind man. There are some sort-of love interests--young and attractive women with superficially described personalities who do essentially nothing. Well, one does wind up endangered, with Mike hoping to rescue her. Another is strong (that's about it for her). A third is alluring but distant, and becomes tacitly available for future romance by the end. The middle-aged female character is the most complex and interesting, but the issues that ought to have driven the book (the way major issues drive and inform Sara Paretsky novels, for instance) are mostly evaded.
Out of the blue perhaps 2/3 through the book, a major problem arises concerning his mother, which gives him reason to think about their relationship. OK. Perhaps I would care more if I'd read the previous novels, but all I really know about Mike is that he used to be rowdy and is now trying to come across as stable, and that he wishes he had not grown distant from his mother. Her new need for him is a plot device, plain and simple, yet it accomplishes nothing.
The title of the book comes from the name of a pond that's mentioned in one of the tacked-on scenes with his mother. It has nothing to do with the book's plot, except that moose were massacred up north.Read more ›
The plot centres on Elizabeth Morse, a local woman who made a fortune selling herbal remedies. Now a multi-millionaire, she has bought up a huge tract of land in Maine and hopes to turn it into a national park. She has met considerable resistance from the locals, who use the land for hunting and poaching as well as a source of timber for the local sawmill which is a major employer in the region. Morse has been receiving death threats, but the situation elevates when someone gets onto her land and shoots a large number of moose. This is where Bowditch comes into the story. He is the first to be called out, but his boss, who dislikes him, sidelines him from the investigation. Nevertheless, Bowditch keeps getting drawn into the action as the attacks on the Morse family escalate.
I enjoyed this book. It has a relentless readability about it. I love the way that Doiron transports you to Maine. The wilderness is vividly depicted as are the interesting and rounded characters. In previous instalments I've found Bowditch's hotheaded personality somewhat irritating, but this time round he has started to develop some maturity and self-awareness which makes him a much more likeable character. As usual his personal life creates issues for him - this time it's his mother as well as his attraction to a woman who is out of reach.
Having said that, the book lacked for me what I think is an essential element in this genre, which is tension.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this entire series. The picture of the woods and streams of Maine are wonderful. The central character of Mike Bowdiych has grown and evolved through the series. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Nan salzman
I really like the first novel in the series, Poacher's Son. Doiron can write, create interesting and believable, if one-sided, characters, and can tell a good mystery story. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Critical Reader
Reasonably interesting if you like hunting and the outdoors. Apparently Game Wardens are a big deal in Main, at least according to the plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VicP
Awesome book in Bowditch series. I'm glad I stumbled upon these series. I hope to read more in the future!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If ever there was a Maine author to write mysteries set in Maine with authority it's Paul Doiron. The former editor in chief of "DOWNEAST, the Magazine of Maine," Doiron... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mamma K 1947
I have a cadre of favorite mystery writers that I keep going back to (e.g., C.J. Box, Michael Connelly, William Krueger, and Jon Talton), but I'm always on the lookout for a new... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. P. Weimer
The story line was not as strong as in his other books. It developed VERY slowly, and then ended in a rush. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D.