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Publisher Description

The disappearance of Mike Bowditch’s beloved mentor reveals an ominous connection to a 15-year-old cold case in One Last Lie, the new thriller from bestselling Edgar Award finalist Paul Doiron.

“Never trust a man without secrets.” These are the last words retired game warden Charley Stevens speaks to his surrogate son, Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch, before the old man vanishes without explanation. Mike suspects his friend’s mysterious departure has to do with an antique warden badge that recently resurfaced at a flea market — a badge connected to a cold case from Charley’s past that the Maine Warden Service would rather forget.

Fifteen years ago, a young warden was sent on an undercover mission to infiltrate a notorious poaching ring and never returned. He was presumed dead, but his body was never recovered. Mike is desperate to find Charley before he meets a similar fate. His investigation brings him to the miles of forest and riverside towns along the Canadian border—but he soon learns that even his fellow wardens have secrets to keep. And Charley’s past isn’t the only one coming to light; his daughter, Stacey, has resurfaced to search for her missing father, and Mike must grapple with the return of the woman he once thought was gone forever.

Forced to question his faith in the man he sees as a father, Mike must reopen a cold case that powerful people—one of whom may be a killer—will do anything to keep closed.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2020
June 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
2.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Fastprof ,

Love of Maine, but Circuitous Plot

What is evident in the exposition of the mysterious disappearance the protagonist is attempting to investigate is the author’s love of two things, Maine and guns. By the latter, I am not implying a “gun rights”, but just all the ins and outs of guns. While I appreciated the former, the latter got a big tedious and took up too many words. Meanwhile, the plot turns turgid when the protagonist confronts what appeared to me completely illogical behavior on the part of a bunch of the other characters. It held my interest, but not enough to get me to read any other of the author’s books.

JMA1127! ,

One Last Lie

A very slow read. And it seems that authors have to add a liberal political message to show us mere readers just how smart and better they are.

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