Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father. 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, Mike 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. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack's mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now 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.
©2010 Paul Doiron (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By S. on 02-10-15

Very good writer -

I hesitated to buy this book, but I like series and have a home in Maine, so I gave it a try - I am glad I did. Mr. Doiron is an very good writer, which I appreciate. The lead character is interesting and someone you care about. There are a few flaws in the story, but easily ignored. The narrator does a C minus Maine accent but few performers could do a Maine accent. Overall, a good read. I just bought the second in the series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 02-02-17

Good start.

When a State Game Warden in Maine is called about a man hunt for his father, he is both befuddled and unaware of how far down the rabbit hole he will be dragged. A fast paced story with many twists and turns, as well as, well rounded believable characters. The main character really drove the plot and was easy to like and sympathize with. Not much gore so it is an easy book to recommend as an action thriller to many who like suspense.

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