Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron is the third book in a series featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch (available August 7, 2012).
Due to “administrative trouble,” Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been reassigned. The truth of the matter is that he’s been exiled, to the northern edge of Maine, so far north that you can cross into Canada on a snowmobile. The town of Whitney is known for three things: rampant drug abuse, high unemployment, and poaching. To complicate things, he is instantly attracted to a local woman, Jamie Sewell, whose ex-boyfriend is the town drug dealer. When a blizzard hits and a half frozen man shows up at the door of one of the townspeople, it starts a hunt for the man’s missing friend. When the friend is found dead in a snowbank, Bowditch is caught up in the search for the killer. The fact that the dead man is the aforementioned drug dealer only makes the list of suspects longer, and the job of sifting through motives even more complicated.
The author opens with a quote from Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms:
I thought she was probably a little crazy. It was all right if she was.
I did not care what I was getting into.
It’s almost like Paul Doiron started with the quote and built his story around it. Mike Bowditch’s strange involvement with Jamie Sewell couldn’t be described better. He’s drawn to the woman and her beauty, even when he knows he should keep a professional distance, even when he realizes that she may be a suspect. Jamie has her own troubled past, which includes a strange son who keeps a journal full of grotesque drawings. Bowditch’s similarly messed up past seems to have made him susceptible to someone with so many problems. He seems to have a need to help her and her son that is separate from his physical attraction to her.
[Sometimes, you should just say “no” . . .]