A supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation in this intricately-plotted new thriller featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch.


A woman has been shot to death by a deer hunter on an island off the coast of Maine. To newly promoted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch, the case seems open and shut. But as soon as he arrives on remote Maquoit Island he discovers mysteries piling up one on top of the other.

The hunter now claims he didn’t fire the fatal shot. Bowditch begins to suspect the secretive community might be covering up the identity of whoever killed Ariel Evans. The controversial author was supposedly writing a book about the island's notorious hermit. So why are there no notes in her rented cottage?

The biggest blow comes the next day when the weekly ferry arrives and off steps the dead woman herself. Ariel Evans is alive, well, and determined to solve her own “murder” even if it upsets Mike Bowditch’s investigation and makes them both targets of an elusive killer who will do anything to conceal his crimes.

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“The plot is complex, and the action intense, made all the more so by forbidding terrain. The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron’s strongest novel yet.” — Booklist, starred review
"Doiron balances nuanced characterizations and intelligent plotting perfectly." — Publishers Weekly,
"Beautifully written and filled with stunning cinematic visuals, STAY HIDDEN is some of Paul Doiron’s finest work to date and a bona fide contender for best crime novel of the year." —The Real Book Spy
PAUL DOIRON    Photo Credit: Mark Fleming


Photo Credit: Mark Fleming

“Taut, disturbing and consummately told…a gripping, well-plotted tale.” Paul Doiron is “among the best crime writers working today.”          — Maine Sunday Telegram

“Doiron has an ability to draw you in to the story with an atmospheric prose and well-rounded characters.... Retribution and justice is eventually served, and to more people than expect it. You won’t see the ending looming in this fine and well-balanced thriller.” — Criminal Element