The Precipice

The Precipice

A Novel

Book - 2015
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In this riveting new novel from Edgar finalist Paul Doiron, Bowditch joins a desperate search for two missing hikers as Maine wildlife officials deal with a frightening rash of coyote attacks.

When two female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness-the most remote stretch along the entire Appalachian Trail-Maine game warden Mike Bowditch joins the desperate search to find them.

Hope turns to despair after two unidentified corpses are discovered-their bones picked clean by coyotes. Do the bodies belong to the missing hikers? And were they killed by the increasingly aggressive wild dogs?

Soon, all of Maine is gripped with the fear of killer coyotes. But Bowditch has his doubts. His new girlfriend, wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens, insists the scavengers are being wrongly blamed. She believes a murderer may be hiding in the offbeat community of hikers, hippies, and woodsmen at the edge of the Hundred Mile Wilderness. When Stacey herself disappears along the Appalachian Trail, the hunt for answers becomes personal.

Can Mike Bowditch find the woman he loves before the most dangerous animal in the North Woods strikes again?

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015, ♭2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250063694
9781250092083
9781250093370
Branch Call Number: DOIR
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 25 cm

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jennargreen Jul 24, 2016

Very solid mystery. Narrator doesn't fall into the "sad, alcoholic, middle-aged detective" trope, and though the narrator is a dude, the POV is pretty female friendly in my opinion (a lot series are either boringly male centric, or overcompensate for the general maleness of the detective genre with cheesy stock "sexism" plots). The story has a good pace and I agree with other commenters that the plot isn't overly complicated, but engaging. The end killer is believable which is a big maker/breaker for me.

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caj1222204441801
Mar 12, 2016

Outstanding!! Great characters and plot. Loved all the characters.

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Reads_A_Lot
Mar 02, 2016

A good series that combines mystery with the outdoors and nature. I'm intrigued by the Appalachian Trail and its thru hikers so the setting in this episode really appealed to me. Mike seems to be maturing with each book and is starting to follow the rules and be more level headed. Looking forward to #7 in June.

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Blabbermouth
Dec 13, 2015

This time Mike Bowditch is looking for two missing girls. He is also practising self control which does become him. I still recommend him after reading this, his 6th book. Still a good read.

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rp3276
Aug 17, 2015

This is a good story. I enjoyed it.

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gogo12127
Aug 16, 2015

This is the sixth book in the Mike Bowditch series. I have read everyone one of them. I highly recommend them.

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waterfallman
Jun 26, 2015

I very much enjoyed this book---and this author. I have read all of his books.

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stephaniedchase
May 03, 2015

Fast-paced and yet complex-but-not-convoluted mystery focused on solving the disappearance and murder of two women hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Game warden Mike Bowditch is a great character, confident and smart and yet also unsure of himself. Readers will enjoy the various personalities -- most of them not so welcoming -- in this remote and worn-down corner of Maine.

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