Bestselling author Paul Doiron has won the Barry Award, the Strand Critics Award, and the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction and has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, and the Thriller Award. He is Editor Emeritus of Down East Magazine and a Registered Maine Guide. Send him an email.

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AVAILABLE NOW: Book 4 in the Mike Bowditch Series, MASSACRE POND


On an unseasonably hot October morning, game warden Mike Bowditch is called to the scene of a bizarre crime in eastern Maine: the corpses of ten 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 slaughter—retribution by locals for the job losses Morse's plan is already causing in the region—becomes 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 laws 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.


John Connolly, international bestselling author of Wrath of Angels— 

"Few writers can combine a poet's appreciation of nature with the tension and twists of a great thriller, but Paul Doiron does it with ease. Massacre Pond had me gripped from beginning to end."


Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Missing 

"Paul Doiron has become one of my favorite authors, and he simply gets better with every book he writes. From the beautiful prose to the stunning descriptions of the book’s rugged and wild Maine locale, Massacre Pond is a work of literary art. I knew from the sparkling first chapter that I wouldn’t be able to put this book down until I was finished. Chock full of fascinating characters, and a mystery that will keep you turning the pages as fast as you can, Massacre Pond is a superb read. Massacre Pond is the kind of book you’ll want to read twice, first because you’re compelled to know what will happen next, and again to savor every exquisite word.”


Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants— 

Massacre Pond is a beautiful mystery you couldn’t place just anywhere—it’s a Maine book through and through, from the mass murder of moose to the heroic lives of the men and women of the Warden Service, those guardians and guides and sometime detectives of the great north woods.  Doiron’s ingenious and affecting plot—it’s not only moose that are in danger—is grafted onto the battles of a real Maine, but it’s an American book through and through.  The search for answers leads a conflicted Warden Bowditch into the path of national politics, backwoods hustlers, guns never meant for hunting, and, sadly, this close to love.  Massacre Pond is a fast and furious read that delivers deeply and left me hollering for more!”


Brian Freeman, author of Spilled Blood— 

“Doiron's evocative prose makes his characters as vivid as his portrayals of the Maine wilderness. This is a mystery with beauty and heart on every page.” 






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. The Poacher’s Son is a sterling debut of literary suspense. Taut and engrossing, it represents the first in a series featuring Mike Bowditch.

Winner of the BARRY AWARD and the STRAND CRITICS AWARD for Best First Novel! Nominated for the ANTHONY AWARD, the THRILLER AWARD, and the EDGAR AWARD for Best First Novel, and the MAINE LITERARY AWARD for Best Fiction of 2010.


INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER! The Poacher's Son has been translated into ten languages: German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Czech. The UK hardcover edition has just been published by Constable & Robinson.




In the bestselling sequel to The Poacher's Son, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch’s quest to find a missing woman leads him through a forest of lies in search of a killer who may have gotten away with murder once before. Read why Booklist called Trespasser "a masterpiece of high-octane narrative!"


Listen to the PETE KILPATRICK BAND perform their song "Trespasser," inspired by the Mike Bowditch books.




In the third novel in the series Mike Bowditch hunts for a murderer at the height of a harrowing blizzard: "Bad Little Falls is a jewel of a book. Doiron has gotten it all magnificently right: a hell of a good mystery, beautifully drawn landscape and characters so evocatively written they follow you off the page. Buy this. The guy can write."

NEVADA BARRNew York Times Bestselling Author of The Rope

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