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Praise for One Last Lie:
"This novel is something of a departure for Doiron... the suspenseful, fast-paced plot has more twists and turns than usual." ―Associated Press
"Before you read this book, clear your schedule. It’s the kind of story best read in one gulp...[Doiron] keeps getting better." ―New York Journal of Books
“Edgar finalist Doiron artfully blends a whodunit plot with superior characterizations in his top-notch 11th mystery…vividly portrays the Maine woods setting while maintaining taut suspense.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred)
“One Last Lie is a triumph for aficionados and newcomers alike. The secrets, old and new, are compelling, and Doiron's landscape imagery is perfectly balanced (as is the literary history)...Trust, friendship, love, faith and how the family we choose holds powerful sway is at the heart of this impressive series entry.” ―Shelf Awareness
“Doiron’s masterful plotting pulls it all together, and the reader gets to meet an odd assortment of extraordinarily well-defined characters―good guys and bad―while learning more about both the natural and the political history of the Pine Tree State.” ―Booklist
Praise for Paul Doiron and the Mike Bowditch mysteries:
“Doiron captures the stark beauty of his setting.” ―New York Times Book Review for Stay Hidden
"The characters are well drawn, the Maine landscape is vividly portrayed, and Bowditch pursues his passion to protect the innocent and bring evil doers to justice regardless of personal cost." ―Associated Press for Almost Midnight
"Doiron...[ramps] up the tension slowly until the story reaches can't-put-it-down velocity." ―Library Journal for Almost Midnight
“Breathless pacing, dark humor, wildlife, and vivid characters.” ―Boston Globe for Widowmaker
“As always with a Doiron novel, the characters are so well-drawn you can almost reach out and shake their hands, and the rural landscape is so vividly portrayed that the reader can smell wildflowers, marvel at the swarms of fireflies and feel the sting of the blood-thirsty insects. But the author's finest achievement is the evolution of Mike Bowditch himself.” ―Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press for Knife Creek
“Outstanding…Doiron balances nuanced characterizations and intelligent plotting perfectly.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) for Stay Hidden
"The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron's strongest novel yet." ―Booklist (starred review) for Stay Hidden
About the Author
Henry Leyva's audiobook credits include reading Colin Harrison's The Havana Room, Michael Palmer's Fatal, Lawrence Block's Killing Castro, and John Grisham's The Testament as well as works from popular authors such as Nicholas Sparks and Phyllis Naylor.
Leyva has appeared in numerous stage and screen productions. His film and television work includes roles on One Life to Live, Romancing America, The Digital Café, The Interrogation, and The Windigo. He has also performed in a host of off-Broadway productions, including In the Heights, Love Suicide, and Guanabaco. He has also performed in voiceovers for commercials, including those for HSBC, Claritin, and the Daily News. He lives in New York City.
- ASIN : B0818PZ925
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (June 30, 2020)
- Publication date : June 30, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 10356 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,291 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Paul Doiron's "One Last Lie" is a superb entry in the award-winning Mike Bowditch mystery series. As the title suggests, one of the characters is a chronic liar, telling one lie after another. In particular, they are telling lies concerning the disappearance of Scott Pellerin; he infiltrated a poacher's ring that was led by the ruthless Pierre Michaud. Everyone assumed Scott was murdered when his true identity was revealed; unfortunately, his corpse was never found. Surviving members of Michaud's ring and local officials are all lying about what happened fifteen years ago. It is as though the entire area around St. Ignace is trapped in a time warp. The moldering, decaying ruins of the houses destroyed by fire on the night Scott disappeared are a constant reminder. Strangely enough, no one has bothered to clean up what appears to be a morbid memorial for both the warden and the poacher who perished.
Speaking of strange, the Mike Bowditch mysteries are always populated with strange characters. For example, John Smith, who was trying to sell the warden badge, is a violent, slimy racist who exploits his handicap to the fullest. Both Charley Stevens and Stan Kellam are retired wardens who live like hermits in huge estates built on isolated lakes that are nearly inaccessible. Pierre Michaud, the villain fifteen years ago, was a huge, bear-like man full of evil and hate. His twin sons, Roland and Zacharie, bear a striking resemblance to him. There is also the very handsome Maine warden, Chasse Lamontaine, who has the nickname of "Dudley Do-Right." In all of Doiron's novels, the wardens are always big and brawny. I suppose everyone, like the trucks they drive, must be built tough in order to survive in the primitive wilds of Maine where the mosquitoes will eat you alive.
Speaking of mosquitoes, I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has been terrorized by them this summer. The Smoky Mountains has experienced a very wet spring and summer. I rub Cutter all over my limbs and wear citronella bracelets and still get bit. I'll have to take the advice of one minor character in "One Last Lie" and wear dryer sheets. Mike Bowditch spoke of watching cattle from his truck; he was forced to quickly row up his window as swarms of blackflies began moving from the animals towards him. Blackflies are heat seekers. Also, throughout the novel, mosquitoes annoy Mike grievously. When he was in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, battling a Burmese python with ex-girlfriend Stacey Stevens, he was bitten dozens of times despite the layer of DEET coating his skin. What is a Burmese python doing in Florida?
With his novel, "One Last Lie," the author is attempting to emphasize the dangers of introducing exotic species into our country's fragile ecosystems. In Florida, invasive species such as pythons, feral hogs, iguanas, cane toads, and tegu lizards eat the more docile endangered species as well as harm small children and pets. Invasive species exist all along the East coast from Florida to Maine. I live near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where the native wildlife, such as bears, deer, and turkeys, must compete for food with the highly aggressive, extremely ravenous wild boar, which originally came from Europe. In "One Last Lie," there is the mention of muskellunges, which are aggressive pike with sharp teeth. Some of their harmfulness may be exaggerated but readers should learn that it is not best to mess with mother nature. My family makes sure that our beloved cat, Angel, is in her bed before dusk; that is when the coyotes come out; coyotes love to chow down on cats and small dogs. Though they're not considered an invasive species, coyotes are a responsive species that have expanded their territories due to a lack of natural enemies.
The exotic Maine wilderness, with all its spell-binding beauty and hidden dangers, is one of the main reasons I like Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch mysteries. Another reason is Mike himself. Intelligent, caring, and handsome, he is passionate about helping his friends. He risks his life to locate his mentor and father figure, Charley Stevens. Meanwhile, his tough-as-nails girlfriend, Dani Tate, becomes very sick and Mike is consumed with guilt for not dropping his investigation in order to be by her side. However, Dani insists she doesn't need him. Fortunately, his former supervisor, Kathy Frost, volunteers to keep an eye on her. Mike's dedication to his job puts him in grave danger as he hunts down one or more killers at St. Ignace. There is an extreme amount of tension. The novel's climax is a fiery showdown with guns. Fans of dramatic, action-filled mysteries will be satisfied with Doiron's "One Last Lie."
I’ve been a mystery fan since I discovered Agatha Christie in my middle school library. But Doiron does something a lot of writers don’t; he lets Mike grow up. His character, and the other characters in the series in general and this book in particular grow and change. Part of growing up is learning that the people we admire and care about always have feet of clay. That’s a lesson Mike learns in this story.
As usual with Paul Doiron this is tightly plotted and well characterized. Genuinely enjoyed, and would recommend. Read the whole series, start with The Poacher’s Son. You won’t regret it!