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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (977 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford, Paul Doiron Narrator: Anna Bentinck, Henry Leyva, John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mike Bowditch Mysteries Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781427208972
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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 by Paul Doiron featuring Mike Bowditch.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning vistas…eye-popping scenes.”

    New York Times

  • The plot moves swiftly in this ‘page turner,' but John Bedford Lloyd is adept at giving listeners time to adjust to changes of scene…Gripping action, characters to care about, well crafted plot, economical writing, and a moving ending will make this first novel one that demands sequels. SoundCommentary.com
  • “With precise and evocative prose, Paul Doiron weaves a riveting tale set deep in the wilderness that can be the tenuous bond between father and son. This is a compelling, moving, and utterly impressive debut!”

    Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog

  • The Poacher’s Son is a gripping, original, and literate tale of love and loyalty, betrayal and redemption. You won’t want to put it down.”

    John Lescroart, author of A Plague of Secrets

  • “One of the best-written debut novels I’ve read in years. This story has it all—a great plot, a wonderful Maine woods setting, and a truly remarkable and believable cast of characters.”

    Nelson DeMille, author of The Gate House

  • The Poacher’s Son is a haunting tale, and Paul Doiron is a powerful and evocative writer.”

    Tess Gerritsen, author of The Keepsake

  • “Doiron takes a provocative look at the ties between fathers and sons, unconditional love, and Maine’s changing landscape in his outstanding debut…Fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr will appreciate the vivid wilderness scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “One hopes this fine novel is the first in a series starring Warden Bowditch, who could quickly become the East Coast version of C. J. Box’s game-warden hero Joe Pickett, who patrols the range in Wyoming.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] impressive debut…there are plenty of twists and surprises to keep the reader guessing until the very end.”

    RT Book Review (4 stars)

  • “A Maine Game Warden [Mike Bowditch] fights to clear his no-account father of murder charges in this deeply felt actioner…His decision leads to a series of disastrously self-destructive actions that Doiron makes perfectly credible, all interspersed with a series of flashbacks to Mike’s childhood that are both tender and chilling…Doiron will have his hands full trying to top his accomplished debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Impressive…The setting is wildly atmospheric, the pacing swift, and the characters well drawn. The Poacher’s Son is easily one of the best debut novels in recent memory.”

    BookPage

  • Winner of the 2011 Barry Award for Best First Novel
  • Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, January 2010
  • A 2011 Macavity Award Nominee for Best First Mystery Novel
  • A 2011 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2011 International Thriller Writers Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • Nominated for Anthony Awards - Nominee, 2011
  • Nominated for Macavity Award - Nominee, 2011
  • Nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/18/2014

    " I just finished this book in March, I received this book free through the First Look book group on the Barns and Noble website. It was a fantastic read and enjoyed the all of the characters in the book. I do hope that they make a movie or made for TV movie out of this book. Great read all the way to the end, and keeps you guessing all the way through, just when you think you've got it figured out the possibilities change in a big way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 2/5/2014

    " Exciting story ending with unexpected twists. (Didn't realize Mike Bowditch was an ongoing character, but can see why. Very likeable. Now that I know, the loose ends from this book are less frustrating. I'll have to pick up the next.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 1/29/2014

    " Bought it in Maine and was stressed at the distance the characters cover- too big a state! But a decent first book and a good vacation read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Wing | 1/26/2014

    " Finished this novel quickly, after three books by Abbey. Enjoyed the mystery, the Maine references, and the character of the poacher's son. Fine surprise ending and reminiscent of Last Night In Twisted River (Irving). though not as finely crafted. The settings were well detailed in the Maine secene, from the bars to the bears. Wardens suffer thoroughly, from marriage to fatigue to stress. No wonder they seem so grumpy. Doiron's character works in that mold, though maybe too emotional. Hey, his dad is at stake, a poacher but never a murderer. Susan read this after I, and today a student started it because the library has it on the shelves now. We'll see how the student body receives it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/15/2014

    " Set in an incredibly remote section of Maine which for anyone who loves Maine is a real draw. Intriguing lead character (heard this is the start of a series)and good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Day | 1/6/2014

    " Wanted to give this a 3 1/2. I enjoyed the wildlife more than the human mystery, but Doiron can write! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/14/2013

    " It was an ok read. There was a bit of a twist regarding "who done it". Not a page turner, though. Some parts dragged a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 12/14/2013

    " I have a hard time giving this book a positive review due to a lack of interest in rural Maine, guns, and poaching. I finished the book, but was not terribly impressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bob | 7/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I had a very hard time putting it down. I loved the discriptions of Maine. It was very supenceful it reminded me of a David Baldacci novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/3/2013

    " An amazing first book in what I hope will be a long series. The primary character is a Maine state game warden. The author does a fantastic job of scene setting and you lose yourself along with Mike Bowditch in the Maine woods and lakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 12/20/2012

    " Usually do not find books set in the backwoods appealing but this one was gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 9/10/2012

    " I'm not usually a fan of mysteries but I really liked this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Michael | 6/21/2012

    " I liked this new mystery and will no doubt read the next in the series when it comes out..but 3 stars because I did not love it till I got closer to the conclusion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/3/2012

    " An good mystery with an interesting twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 4/30/2012

    " Wicked good! Interesting characters. Great mystery. Nice suspense and very unexpected twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merreh65 | 11/12/2011

    " A pretty good first novel. Really good character development and a believable plot. This author understands alcholism! He writes about the Maine woods out of both intimate knowledge and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/1/2011

    " Just a great summer read. The writing was wonderful, characters flawed as humans can be, and a story that flowed so well the pages almost turned by themselves. This is the Maine that weekenders and tourists don't often get to experience. Looking forward to Doiron's next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Warren | 6/3/2011

    " Interesting story but I was put off with some of the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/3/2011

    " Very good debut novel - lots of action all the way to the great ending, which was a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 4/30/2011

    " Not really my type of book, but a good book. I skimmed about 100 pages in the middle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 4/26/2011

    " A "Reader's Choice" but not worth the time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 4/15/2011

    " Foul language can really ruin a story, plus I didn't like the story line or the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 4/10/2011

    " Usually do not find books set in the backwoods appealing but this one was gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/6/2011

    " An good mystery with an interesting twist at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 3/4/2011

    " no redeaming value here. everyone looses. not a happy book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/25/2011

    " What do you do when you are the law and your dad is accused of murder? An interesting story with some great characters, but the lousey communicators drove me crazy! "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford, bestselling author, was born and raised in England where she started her writing career as a journalist. She has written numerous international bestsellers, and a dozen of her novels have made the New York Times bestsellers list, including Hold the Dream, which made the New York Times list of #1 bestsellers. Several of her books have been made into television miniseries.

About the Narrators

Anna Bentinck is a British actress who trained at Arts Educational Schools and has worked extensively for BBC Radio. Winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has provided voices for many audiobooks and such animated series as 64 Zoo Lane. Her film credits include Alice in Wonderland and To the Devil a Daughter.

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.

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others. He is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.