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<p> A supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation in Stay Hidden, the intricately-plotted new thriller from Paul Doiron featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>The hunter now claims he didn't fire the fatal shot and the evidence proves he's telling the truth. Bowditch begins to suspect the secretive community might be covering up the identity of whoever killed the woman, known as 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?</p> <p>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.</p>
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*Starred Review* Doiron brings all his considerable talent and his extensive knowledge as an outdoor guide in Maine to bear in this ninth Mike Bowditch novel (after Knife Creek, 2017). A woman has been reported shot to death on remote Maquoit Island by a deer hunter. It appears clear cut on the surface, but when Mike, newly promoted from game warden to warden investigator, arrives on the island, he's no longer sure about the case. The hunter claims he didn't fire the fatal round, and the secretive community closes ranks; furthermore, the victim was controversial author Ariel Evans, who was allegedly writing a book about resident neo-Nazis. When it turns out that Ariel is still alive, and it is her sister who is dead, public opinion turns against both Ariel and Mike. The plot is complex, and the action intense, made all the more so by forbidding terrain. The characters are well developed and clearly defined despite the dense fog that surrounds them, literally and figuratively. The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron's strongest novel yet. This is not Jessica Fletcher's Maine. It is a much darker place, more like C. J. Box's Wyoming. With foghorns.--Murphy, Jane Copyright 2018 Booklist
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