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.
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