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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Doiron Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mike Bowditch Mysteries Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781427221315
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Anthony- and Edgar-award nominated author Paul Doiron delivers another "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" (Booklist) with Bad Little Falls, his newest harrowing thriller about the hunt for a murderer at the height of a major snowstorm.

Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been sent into exile, transferred by his superiors to a remote outpost on the Canadian border. When a blizzard descends on the coast, Bowditch is called to the rustic cabin of a terrified couple. A raving and halffrozen man has appeared at their door, claiming his friend is lost in the storm. But what starts as a rescue mission in the wilderness soon becomes a baffling murder investigation. The dead man is a notorious drug dealer, and state police detectives suspect it was his own friend who killed him. Bowditch isn't so sure, but his vow not to interfere in the case is tested when he finds himself powerfully attracted to a beautiful woman with a dark past and a troubled young son. The boy seems to know something about what really happened in the blizzard, but he is keeping his secrets locked in a cryptic notebook, and Mike fears for the safety of the strange child. Meanwhile, an anonymous tormentor has decided to make the new warden's life a living hell. Alone and outgunned, Bowditch turns for assistance to his old friend, the legendary bush pilot Charley Stevens. But in this snowbound landscape—where smugglers wage blood feuds by night—help seems very far away indeed. If Bowditch is going to catch a killer, he must survive on his own wits and discover strength he never knew he possessed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Henry Leyva gives a solid performance in this third book in the Mike Bowditch mystery series…Leyva's varied Maine accents are convincing and interesting and make each character distinct…Leyva is at his best, however, portraying the complicated Bowditch with a quiet, even voice that captures the capable but struggling game warden. Audiofile Magazine

  • When you combine the expertise of Doiron and the seasoned vocal talents of Henry Leyva (and his authentic Maine accents), we can't help but feel like we're on a ride along with Mike Bowditch, flying over the wilderness, being saturated with skunk spray, and trudging through the snow, as he tracks down a murderer and uncovers a deeply guarded secret. New World Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 2/16/2014

    " Really a 2.5 almost 3!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harold | 1/30/2014

    " I haven't read any other titles in this series, but I enjoyed the vividly evoked winter Maine settings and the voice of the headstrong, but likeable protagonist. I liked it enough to add the first in the series, "The Trapper's Son", to my to-be-read list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 judy | 1/30/2014

    " Goody! Another author who sets his mysteries in the Northwoods--this time--Maine. A bit more gritty than the Michigan contingent but I'll take my pine where I can get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Crocker | 1/22/2014

    " Novel #3 in Doiron's Game Warden Mike Bowditch series is as good as #1, in spite of a little too much backstory slowing down the opening. The landscape and weather of Washington County Maine are as formidable characters as the hardscrabble outdoorsmen and their beleaguered families with their daunting problems. Action-packed but credible, _Bad Little Falls_ is compelling and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/6/2014

    " Good read, interesting setting, compelling characters definetly worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Neal | 1/4/2014

    " Good job on the setting, but I found the story dull. I probably won't go back and read the first couple books starring the same character despite the fact that they were well regarded and the first one won a few awards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Rice | 12/28/2013

    " My favorite of the 3, he's getting the hang of it now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn | 11/26/2013

    " I always enjoy reading about Warden Mike Bowditch and the dilemmas he get himself into in the wilds of Maine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A | 11/6/2013

    " I had a little bit of a hard time getting into the book as I like the story to being immediately. However, once I got into it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 8/10/2013

    " Third time's the charm. Can't put this one down. I know that sounds cliche, but this really was Paul's best book to date. I heard it was a three book deal, let's hope they renew his contract. Great job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 6/22/2013

    " Just had to see what the locals love about this author. I didn't love it, but now I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 3/17/2013

    " I liked to different view of Maine instead of the one I currently had in my mind. I guess nowhere is perfect and you have to make the best of where you are and be in the moment before it passes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/15/2013

    " 3.5 This book was set in Washington County, where I grew up, and Doiron did a very good job of writing about the area. Plus, good story! Full review is here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/13/2013

    " Listening to this story, I wasn't sure I could get through some of the Maine accents at first, but then the story took hold. I would read another story about this Maine warden to see if his character keeps developing. I also really appreciated the correct pronunciation of Bangor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/24/2013

    " A great mystery set in an exotic location (well, back woods Maine is about as far different from my part of Texas as you can get, with the exception of the rednecks). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/13/2013

    " It was an engrossing book. I cannot really imagine that life would be very pleasant for the inhabitants of the state of Maine if the book is an accurate portrayal of the weather conditions or the human condition. Certainly I can't imagine anyone wanting to visit in winter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/6/2013

    " More adventures with Mike Bowditch, Maine Warden Service. A real twister of a mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Moats | 12/22/2012

    " This novel was wonderful. Doiron does an excellent job of describing the scenery. I felt like l was right there in the snow and cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mjblack | 11/10/2012

    " Another solid entry in the series featuring Maine warden Bowditch....bittersweet ending but not totallly unexpected "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 10/14/2012

    " better the third time around. the warden still can't get out his own way and should be fired. the weather is an important to the story again, so it may become a regular theme. he needs to get the stories back to the outdoors. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron is an Edgar and Anthony–nominated author and editor-in-chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. Doiron is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife.

About the Narrator

Henry Leyva is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.