Trespasser by Paul Doiron

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In Paul Doiron's riveting follow-up to his Edgar Award-nominated novel, The Poacher's Son, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch's quest to find a missing woman leads him through a forest of lies in search of a killer who may have gotten away with murder once before.


While on patrol one foggy March evening, Bowditch receives a call for help. A woman has reportedly struck a deer on a lonely coast road. When the game warden arrives on the scene, he finds blood in the road--but both the driver and the deer have vanished. And the state trooper assigned to the accident appears strangely unconcerned.


The details of the disappearance seem eerily familiar. Seven years earlier, a jury convicted lobsterman Erland Jefferts of the rape and murder of a wealthy college student and sentenced him to life in prison. For all but his most fanatical defenders, justice was served. But when the missing woman is found brutalized in a manner that suggests Jefferts may have been framed, Bowditch receives an ominous warning from state prosecutors to stop asking questions.


For Bowditch, whose own life was recently shattered by a horrific act of violence, doing nothing is not an option. His clandestine investigation reopens old wounds between Maine locals and rich summer residents and puts both his own life and that of the woman he loves in jeopardy. As he closes in on his quarry, he suddenly discovers how dangerous his opponents are, and how far they will go to prevent him from bringing a killer to justice.

 

About Paul Doiron

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Bestselling author PAUL DOIRON is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher's Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Seven years after a trial sent a police suspect up for murder, a disturbingly similar new killing reopens the case, dragging Maine game warden Mike Bowditch along for one hellacious ride.

Apr 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Trespasser

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In Doiron's compelling sequel to his debut, The Poacher's Son, troubled 25-year-old Mike Bowditch, a Maine game warden, is still coming to grips with the realization that his estranged father—now deceased—has become known as the state's most notorious murderer.

Apr 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Trespasser

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For Game Warden Mike Bowditch it has already been a very long day when he was told by dispatch about the possible car accident.

Aug 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Trespasser

Shine from Yahoo

As if the driver's disappearance doesn't snowball into a (late) winter's tale of woe, the events begin to reek (rather like a vintage lobster trap) of a seven-year-old murder for which the convicted killer is believed to be innocent by a sizable claque.

Jun 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Trespasser

True Crime Book Reviews

In Trespasser, Mike is still trying to live down (or with, is more like it) the local yokels’ opinions about his father when he lands bass ackwards (as we Southern Belles say) in the middle of a murder investigation.

Jun 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Trespasser

The Gleaner

When a young woman hits a deer with her car on a lonely coast road in Maine, Mike Bowditch, a 25-year-old game warden, gets the call.

Jun 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Trespasser

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