Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Poacher's Son - A Review

The Poacher's Son - Paul Doiron (B&N First Look Book Club)

Product Details (from B&N)

  • Pub. Date: May 11, 2010
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
  • Format: Hardcover, 336pp

Synopsis (from B&N)

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.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book! I love a good mystery and this didn't disappoint.

What I enjoyed most were the characters. The main character, Mike, is not perfect, in fact he's pretty flawed. I love a character who isn't perfect and shiny. All of the characters were very well written. The Setting was amazing. Makes me want to travel to Maine and go camping.

This is a who did it style of mystery and without giving any spoilers, I was very surprised by the outcome.

All and all a very good start to a series and I look forward to reading the next in line.


Tribute Books said...

will definitely read this one!

Vicki said...

I've seen this on a few other blogs and keep thinking I should read it! Great review!

Jill said...

I was surprised too, i really believed something else for the rest of the book!

Rob said...

I'm in the First Look program for Poacher's Son as well. The ending surprised me too and I'm looking forward to more adventures with Mike. Best Wishes from Rob

Cherry said...

Came over from Cym Lowell's McLinky links for Book Review Party Wednesday (BRPW).

Not my genre, but by your review, looks like a good read!

Cherry Mischievous