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The Bone Orchard (Mike Bowditch Mysteries) by Paul Doiron
Cover Artist: Dirk Wustenhagen / Trevillion Images
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250034885
Date: 15 July 2014 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Mike Bowditch is no longer a game warden in Washington County, Maine. Instead, he is a fishing guide for wealthy tourists. Mike learns his former boss and mentor, Kathy Frost, has shot to death a man in self-defense. This man was Jimmy Gammon, an Afghanistan war veteran who had been horribly scarred, both physically and psychologically, from an exploding bomb surgically implanted inside an innocent child.

A few nights later, Kathy steps onto her front porch to see why her dog, Pluto, is barking; she is critically wounded by a sniper. Mike arrives at the scene and barely escapes death himself. He begins investigating, despite harassment from angry game wardens and war veterans, and more violence ensues.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of "suicide by cop", he begins having second thoughts about his decision.

Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier's platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the mysterious man responsible. To do so, the ex-warden must plunge into his friend's secret past--even as a beautiful woman from Mike's own past returns, throwing into jeopardy his tentative romance with wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens.

As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is, in The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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