COMING JUNE 16, 2015
THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE MIKE BOWDITCH SAGA
When two female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness—the most remote stretch along the entire Appalachian Trail—Maine game warden Mike Bowditch joins the desperate search to find them.
Hope turns to despair after two unidentified corpses are discovered—their bones picked clean by coyotes. Do the bodies belong to the missing hikers? And were they killed by the increasingly aggressive wild dogs?
Soon, all of Maine is gripped with the fear of killer coyotes. But Bowditch has his doubts. His new girlfriend, wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens, insists the scavengers are being wrongly blamed. She believes a murderer may be hiding in the offbeat community of hikers, hippies, and woodsmen at the edge of the Hundred Mile Wilderness. When Stacey herself disappears along the AT, the hunt for answers becomes personal.
Can Mike Bowditch find the woman he loves before the most dangerous animal in the North Woods strikes again?
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READ A FREE MIKE BOWDITCH SHORT STORY
Retired Maine Warden Pilot Charley Stevens is one of the most popular characters in the Mike Bowditch series. So I thought it might be fun to write a short story about his first year as a warden in the 1970s.
The result is "The Bear Trap," about Charley's battle of wits with a mysterious "North Woods Hermit," which you can now read for free on the Criminal Element website. Here is the opening paragraph:
The wind moved across the surface of the lake like breath upon a mirror. In the stern of the canoe Charley Stevens dipped a paddle to bring us around again over a submerged field of weeds. We were fishing for early-season pike. Charley was a retired Maine game warden—thirty years in the service—and the best woodsman I’d ever met.
And when you're done with the story, you can read two interviews I did with the Bangor Daily News about the inspiration for "The Bear Trap" and for my forthcoming novel, The Bone Orchard.