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Publication Order of Mike Bowditch Books

The Poacher's Son (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trespasser (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Little Falls (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Massacre Pond (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bone Orchard (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bear Trap (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Precipice (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Widowmaker (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knife Creek (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabid (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stay Hidden (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Backtrack (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Almost Midnight (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Imposter (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Last Lie (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caretaker (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead by Dawn (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skin and Bones (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hatchet Island (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snakebit (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Man's Wake (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pitch Dark (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Mike Bowditch Books

The short story The Bear Trap is set between Massacre Pond and The Bone Orchard.

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Eating Between The Lines (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paul Doiron is a native of Maine. He is an author who has written many books that have won special and many awards compared to their counterparts. Doiron attended Yale Campus, where he graduated with an English degree. He also holds an MFA in imaginative writing from Emerson College.

As an ex-member of the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) and a present affiliate of the Maine Humanities Board, Doiron is also a certified Maine guide that specializes in fly fishing. He resides on a trout brook in Coastal Maine.

Paul Doiron became a published author in the year 2010 with his first novel, The Poacher’s son. It was the first book he wrote of the Mike Bowditch sequence of crime novels. This novel has won the Strand Critics Award and Barry Award for the Best First Novel and was later nominated for various other prestigious prizes in publishing.

These include the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Thriller Award for the Best First Novel, Macavity Award and The Maine Literary Award for “The Best Fiction of 2010”. His second novel, Trespasser, triumphed with the Maine Literary Award and was also an American Booksellers Association Indie Best Seller.

The novel was also named a “masterwork of high-octane plot” by Booklist. Bad Little Falls was Paul Doiron’s third book. Just like the other two first novels, this novel was a Bookscan hit and a candidate for the RT Reviewers Choice Award together with the Maine Literary Honor. The fourth novel in the series, Massacre Pond, was Indie Favorite and Next pick, in addition to Bookscan Hit. His fifth novel titled, The Bone Orchard was published on July 15th, 2014.

The Poacher’s Son

This is the very first novel by Paul Doiron and the presentation of his Mike Bowditch character. Mike Bowditch is a game warden who arrives home one evening to find a voice mail from his alienated father who lives by illegal poaching. An even more terrifying call comes in the next day from the police.

They claim to look for his father who is a top suspect in a murder case that involved a cop. His dad, Jack, escaped from police detention, but Mike believes that his dad is innocent. The novel is a first-rate debut full of literary suspense. It is also engrossing and taunting.


In the riveting follow-up to The Poacher’s Son, Trespasser is about the Maine Warden Bowditch’s mission to find a lost woman. This later leads him through a thick forest of lies to look for a murderer who may have committed murder and gotten away with it before.

For Bowditch, whose life was shattered by a terrible act of violence, staying back and doing nothing is simply not an alternative. His clandestine survey reopens previous wounds between the Maine locals and wealthy summer residents. This makes him put both his life and his woman’s life in jeopardy. It is an interesting storyline that will keep you glued to your novel.

Bad Little Falls

A continuation of The Mike Bowditch series, this novel shows how Bowditch is sent to exile. When a blizzard falls on the coast, he is then called to a rustic cabin of a horrified couple. There happens to be a half-frozen man at their door who claims to have lost a friend in the storm. However, what begins as a rescue mission later turns out to be a mysterious murder investigation.

The dead man in question is found to be a drug dealer and Bowditch vows not to interfere with the case. Nevertheless, his word is tested when he gets attracted to an involved woman with her son. The boy seems to know what happened to the man, but he is not willing to share it out. This is a tale of romance together with mystery revolving around it.

Massacre Pond

Massacre Pond is Paul Doiron’s superb finalist novel in the series. It features Bowditch and a striking, enigmatic young woman whose duty is to save the Maine wilderness could have provoked murder. On a hot October dawn, Bowditch is called to a crime scene where the dead bodies of 7 moose are found mercilessly butchered on Elizabeth Morse’s estate.

What seems to be a mindless slaughter at first becomes creepier when a dreadful killing is discovered and Bowditch’s investigation becomes a search to find the ruthless murderer. The magnificence and beauty of the Maine woods is used as the setting of this violence and suspense story when a powerful woman’s aim zeal comes head to head with ruthless brutality. Captivating and intense is the description of this award winning novel.


Paul Doiron is an amazing writer who has inspired many writers across the world. His work lies in the beauty if his imagination and passion for mystery. If one can analyze all his novels, they will find that the writing style used to complete his novels is remarkably wonderful.

This is what all these awards giving organizations found in his books. Most Booksellers also recommend one to read the books. He is a full time writer and is currently said to be working on the debut of his other new books. He certainly has much knowledge in the writing industry as he was the editor-in-chief of a magazine known as Down East, from the year 2005 to 2013.

It was during this time when he left his job to become a full time writer of his own books. Unfortunately, his personal life is not mentioned on any website, but what one can be sure is that he is one great writer. In addition to this, he is very passionate about his work and regards writing as his talent. He is also an idol to many young writers out there.

According to an interview held by a journalist at one time, Paul Doiron describes his writing as organic. This is where he lets his characters surprise him in the story and to discover things about himself as he writes. He also mentioned his literary influences while he was growing up including Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, Robert Louis and William Faulkner among many others. He added that his decision to set his stories in Maine was based on the fact that he loved Maine outdoors, besides books.

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12 Responses to “Paul Doiron”

  1. nancy young: 1 year ago

    saw you at the Readfiled library last summer and began to read your books. was surprised to see so many men in the audience! I am now on my 10th book..such good reading and very apt descriptions of Maine…life on an island, the Appalachian Trail…etc.Keep writing!

  2. Carolann: 2 years ago

    I have been reading your books for the last few months now.I am getting obsessed. I need to find the rest of your books. I read about 6 already. I love the character Mike Bowditch! It is exciting hearing about places I have either visited or heard of since moving to Maine 3 years ago! Keep these great books coming! Thanks for your talent, creativity and great imagination!!!

  3. Joan Starrett: 2 years ago

    I picked up Hatchet Island by random at our local library. When I returned it I told the clerk it was a great book, and did they happen to have others. They laughed and said you were one of their favorite authors. I then read the Poacher’s Son, and couldn’t put it down. My eyes are so tired. Thank you for keeping an 80 yr old happy reading.

  4. Madeleine Boleslawski: 2 years ago

    I’m a constant reader of great books. Paul dorian’s characters and stories are so fascinating. I love his style of writing especially the humor he injects into the stories. Most of all, he creates a twist at every turn leaving you wonder how the story will end!

  5. Charles M Trapani: 2 years ago


    I have read all your books. My neighbor (rest his soul) introduced me to you. He lost his eyesight when he was near ninety and I used to take him places and do things for him. He would enjoy me telling him about your newer books that he was unable to read.

    I enjoy Mike Boditch very much. Looking forward to reading Hatchet Island. Ordered it ahead of time months ago.


  6. Nancy Devries: 3 years ago

    My Husband and I really like your books and the way you write.
    We’ve read 3 so far, but will definitely read the rest.

  7. MARGARET HASKINS: 3 years ago

    I am so hooked on this series. Enjoyed the six books I’ve read so far. Read a review in People’s magazine for Dead by Dawn. Bought 10 of your books.
    Having a hard time finding Bear Trap in hard or paper
    back copy.

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      Hi Maragaret – that is a short story that was released on ebooks and audiobook only.

      • Gram forrester: 3 years ago

        Just discovered Paul Doiron. Dead by dawn. (In large print). Would like to read Mike Bowditch series in order. My question…can I get books in large print

    • Laura sanchez: 2 years ago

      Bear Trap isn’t in our library system either along with Rabid and Backtrack. I think I’ll ask if we can request they get books…

      • Graeme: 2 years ago

        A lot of libraries are able to do that so hopefully yours does 🙂

  8. Bill Mann: 3 years ago

    Love your stories
    When will next one be available
    Stay well


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