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Massacre Pond (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) by Paul Doiron
Cover Artist: Joel Calheiros / Shutterstock
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250033932
Date: 16 July 2013 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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In Washington County, Maine, on the estate of wealthy Betty Morse, ten moose are found wantonly shot and left to rot. Enraged wardens, including Mike Bowditch who found the slain animals, investigate the carnage. Mike discovers that a multitude of locals, including rednecks, poachers, and lumber mill employees, are filled with contempt towards Morse who built an empire based on the slick marketing of homemade herbal supplements--a type of modern snake oil. The tension escalates after a young woman is murdered, her car having been forced into a tree. Then more deaths follow as Mike gets closer to a horrifying truth.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Edgar finalist Paul Doiron's superb new novel featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch and a beautiful, enigmatic woman whose mission to save the Maine wilderness may have incited a murder.

On an unseasonably hot October morning, Bowditch is called to the scene of a bizarre crime: the corpses of seven moose have been found senselessly butchered on the estate of Elizabeth Morse, a wealthy animal rights activist who is buying up huge parcels of timberland to create a new national park.

What at first seems like mindless slaughteróretribution by locals for the job losses Morse's plan is already causing in the regionóbecomes far more sinister when a shocking murder is discovered and Mike's investigation becomes a hunt to find a ruthless killer. In order to solve the controversial case, Bowditch risks losing everything he holds dear: his best friends, his career as a law enforcement officer, and the love of his life.

The beauty and magnificence of the Maine woods is the setting for a story of suspense and violence when one powerful woman's missionary zeal comes face to face with ruthless cruelty.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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