The Precipice is a Library Reads Pick

I got some exciting news over the weekend. The Precipice has been chosen as one of only 10 books on the Library Reads recommended list for June. Library Reads is an incredibly influential organization precisely because it chooses so few books and because the picks come from librarians themselves. Being on the same list as Judy Blume is certainly mind-blowing!

Thank you to Lora Bruggeman of the Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien, Illinois, for the wonderful recommendation!

When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can’t help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron.”


"One of the Very Best Outdoor-Based Crime Dramas"

Pre-publication reviews of The Precipice have come fast and furious this week, and today it is Booklist's turn with another starred review:

Doiron, like Keith McCafferty in Crazy Mountain Kiss (2015), manages to write evocatively about the wilderness while at the same time showing how it can be a deadly adversary. Not that humans aren’t even more deadly, as Bowditch discovers when he’s forced to go up against the drug-dealing Dow family, who terrorize the surrounding community much in the manner of the Ames clan in Jim Harrison’s The Big Seven (2015). This is one of the finest entries in a uniformly strong series that has quietly taken its place among the very best outdoors-based crime dramas.


Keith McCafferty is an exciting new writer whose work I recommend, and I will happily take any comparisons to the great Jim Harrison — which reminds me that I need to add The Big Seven to my reading list.

PW Calls The Precipice "A Taut Whodunit"

Publisher's Weekly has bestowed a highly coveted star on The Precipice, saying:

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Doiron brings his gift for making the Maine woods live and breathe to a taut whodunit in his stellar sixth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch (after 2014’s The Bone Orchard).... Multidimensional characters and a high level of suspense help make this a winner. 

Read the whole thing!