• Bad Little Falls

  • A Mike Bowditch Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (470 ratings)

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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 half-frozen 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.

©2012 Paul Doiron (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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Mystery in the wilds of Downeast Maine

"Bad Little Falls", is an outstanding mystery set in a small town in the wilds of Downeast Maine. It revolves around a recurring character named Mike Bowditch, a registered Maine Guide (like the author, Paul Doiron), and a Maine Game Warden, and a member of the state's law enforcement, who, through the previous novel, has been reassigned to one of the remotest areas of the state, and perhaps, the U.S.

It starts in the middle of a severe winter, as if there any other kind there, as the sleeping town of Machias, the shire town of Washington County, discovers the activities of certain insomniac and dangerously troubled members of it's tiny community.

The writing is descriptive and heartfelt. The area residents are by and large, desperately poor, and easily taken advantage of. There are some very bad people here as well, and Mike Bowditch, a fish out of water (again, as detailed in Doiron's first novel, "The Poacher's Son"), though a big fish taken to a small pond, falls in to protect a single mother and her odd son from several human predators. It's a cracking good mystery, and read masterfully by Henry Leyva, who performs the unique Downeast accent with grace and respect, as well as Rene Auberjonois, to this listener's ear. I live nearby, down near Acadia National Park, and it's an incredibly complex drawl, but Leyva couldn't have sounded so authentic without Mr. Doiron's careful ear for the language of this far-flung area.

I highly recommend this, and look forward to another chapter in the life of Mike Bowditch, as he explores his new bailiwick.

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Hero or Idiot?

When I listened to the first book in this series I was excited to have found a new author I could love. Then I listened to the second book and now this one and there seems to be a trend happening in each book. Instead of a competent warden who is passionate about protecting the environment Warden Bowdish is coming off as an incompetent detective wannabe who is more interested in shunning his superiors and doing his own thing. It doesn't set a very good example of the warden service. And as usual, a woman always seems to be a large part of his problems. For once it would be nice to listen to a great environmental story that doesn't involve some disfunctional relationship and an irresponsible law enforcement officer. C.J. Box is a great example of how these types of books can be both informative and entertaining.

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No. 3 in the Mike Bowditch series.

The third in the Maine game warden series, Mike Bowditch. In this one, Mike meets the McDonald’s employee of the month while ordering breakfast and is quite attracted to her. He sets out to get to know her better. In the meantime, the veterinarian, who acts as a doctor when necessary, calls upon him to go to the house of another couple where someone has been pulled in who is in advanced stages of hypothermia. He and the vet do what they can to save the boy but find out in the meantime that he and his friend were dealing drugs, and that he probably killed his friend. He also finds out that the girl he’s attracted to, Jamie, has secrets and connections to the people selling drugs, and that the injured man is her brother. She has a little boy who is troubled and keeps his secrets in his journal. Also, most people aren’t too happy with game wardens and Bowditch faces hostility and unfriendliness. This book proceeds with Bowditch’s life. He is impulsive, well-intentioned but takes risks that he shouldn’t. I’m becoming more impatient with this character. I don’t know for sure if I’ll read the next book in the series when it comes out.

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I thought this would develop into a great series

I thought this would develop into a series like Joe Pickett, but it is a bit tedious. Stopped at the end of the 3rd book because of an explicit sex scene and general lack of morality.

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Maine Game Warden "steps in it" again!!

Mike Bowditch is a Maine Game warden who constantly finds himself in conflict with his superiors. Being the infamous son of a dangerous man, now deceased--THE POACHER'S SON---does not help Mike's reputation. He has just recently been relegated to the "Down East" northernmost section of Maine, where people are dirt poor, mostly uneducated, and surrounded with illegal drug trade from Canada. Drugs and alcohol are a way of life for many of these folks, and a national floundering economy isn't helping matters.

Mike is called out on a cold winter's blustery day because a half frozen man has shown up on a couples' door step, claiming that his friend is missing in the snow. The friend is found dead, and presumed murdered. Once again, the police should takes things over at this point, but friends and other relationships keep Mike in the center of everything. He even becomes involved with the half frozen man's beautiful sister and her strange 12 year old son. Actually, this unusually lone boy's copious journals plays a very important roll in the story, with excerpts written into this book.

Descriptions of characters and scenery bring the reader right into the century of the story. So much so, that on the hottest day of the year in my area, I was left feeling cold as descriptions of snow drifts, ice ponds, and frost bit filled these pages. Mike's life and experiences with nature and the people of Maine grows more interesting with each further adventure. Good, evil, and the intermingling of the failings of mankind in day to day life should make for many more tales in this series.

The accents were superbe with this audio version. Truly added to the enjoyment of this book!!!

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Chick Flick

It’s yet another crime series that starts out kick ass and become girly. I am glad Mike is getting in touch with his feminine side.

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too many mispronunciations;

As a Maine native, I am fully enthralled in the series, but find myself annoyed at the mispronunciations...Bangor, passamaquoddy, narraguagus...
Perhaps a review of hard/questionable words would elicit a more accurate pronunciation of the Maine indigenous peoples' nomenclature of towns and rivers, and tribal names.

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Keeps getting better.

I’m really starting to like the adventures of warden bowditch. Up to this point, the purchase of the next book was never certain, but after Bad Little Falls, I couldn’t get the next fast enough. I can’t wait to continue the series and I believe I am in it for the long haul.

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Excellent Mystery

I've been reading the Mike Bowditch mysteries in sequence and am enjoying the development of the character. Having lived in the North, I appreciate the accuracy and honesty conveyed in character development, setting description, and plot. The ending of this novel is complex, realistic, and satisfying. Hope you enjoy it too.

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Bad Little Falls

Great story! Many twists and turns. Can't wait to listen to more of Paul Doirons books.

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  • George A Bear
  • 08-27-14

Not really engaging

it has been a while since I read the first two books in this series but I remember them as being engaging and having full characterisation that engendered empathy. This book was disappointing. it did not live up to the previous ones.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-18-17

better the devil you know.

Mischievous behavior can lead to a chain of events with dire consequences without the intention of the results of ones plan.