01-12-2010 09:00 AM
The Poacher's Son is an absolutely stunning novel and there's no better selection to kick off our inaugural Mystery First Look Book Club.
Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father Jack, a hard drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: they are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before — and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty.
Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop-killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack’s brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, he strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. But the only way for Mike to save his father is to find the real killer — which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire. The Poacher’s Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.
Paul Doiron is the editor-in-chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of the Vactionland state, Paul is a registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream.
02-01-2010 12:03 PM
This sounds like another great choice, Paul! Kudos to all of you.
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02-01-2010 12:06 PM
I am so excited about this new book club selection. This is my kind of book! I can't wait for it to arrive and to start reading.
02-01-2010 12:06 PM
Sounds great. Thanks Paul and B&N for another great opportunity!
02-01-2010 12:13 PM
Thank you, Paul, for what sounds like another great book. Mystery and historical novels are my favorites. Can't wait to get started.
02-01-2010 01:36 PM
This sounds quite good; something to sink my teeth in and it's the start of a series. Great, I love mystery series.
02-01-2010 01:43 PM
I rarely pick up a mystery book, but when I do I really enjoy them. This should be a better than normal mystery with the amount of detail that the author can include about the outdoors in Maine with his other professions.
02-01-2010 02:59 PM
I just love a good mystery, the only problem is that I will stay up very late to finish one of these. I am looking forward to trying to figure out the solution.
02-01-2010 03:28 PM
Another one with a Maine setting - yay! It's one of the most beautiful places IMO. The book sounds amazing. Thanks Paul, for another exciting sounding choice.
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