Bad Little Falls
Minotaur Books, 320 pages, $24.99
Maine game warden Mike Bowditch should have learned that he needs to mind his own business.
His inability to do so in "The Poacher's Son" (2010) and "Trespasser" (2011) has left his personal and his professional life in tatters. Just about everyone in Maine law enforcement, considers him a hothead. The woman he loves has left him, taking their baby son.
And, as his new adventure, "Bad Little Falls," opens, he's been banished to an assignment in Down East, Maine.
"All that was left to me," he says, "was to accept my fate and do my job with as much dignity as I could muster."
But because of Mike's inherent curiosity, nose for trouble and passion for justice, there's no way that's going to happen.
As the tale opens, a man half-dead with frostbite shows up at the door of a remote cottage during a blizzard. Then the man's running buddy is found frozen nearby.
Mike's duties as game warden don't include investigating murders, and his boss warns him to butt out. But as the story unfolds, he falls hard for the sister of the surviving victim and is drawn into her son's life.
Convinced the police are about to pin the murder on his new girlfriend's brother, he jumps into the case.
The plot is riveting, but as always in a Doiron novel, the greatest attraction is the beauty of the language and the portrayal of Maine.