When I think of Maine, I have visions of beaches, lobster pots, yachts and lighthouses. It's easy to forget that the state is also known for timber, toothpicks and paper. The Poacher's Son is set far from the beaches, in the heart of the deep woods of Maine.
Rookie Game Warden Mike Bowditch returns home from investigating a pig-stealing bear to find a message from his estranged father, Jack, on his answering machine. It doesn't seem like a coincidence when Jack turns out to be the primary suspect in a double murder and the target of a statewide manhunt. No matter how many times he was disappointed in the past by his father, Mike can't believe that Jack is a cold-blooded murderer. Mike puts his career on the line when he heads out to find his father and discover what really happened.
The Poacher's Son is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of twists and turns. The wilderness setting provides a great backdrop for the action. Doiron deftly combines environmental issues and personal relationships within the mystery. I'll definitely be interested to see how the characters progress in the future. I've already checked out the second in series - Trespasser. Paul Doiron provides another alternative for fans of Steve Hamilton, Nevada Barr and CJ Box.