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Front cover of the book 'The Bone Orchard'.Paul Doiron

The Bone Orchard

Publisher: Constable

July 2nd, 2015

With few frills but plenty of thrills and spills, Paul Doiron’s The Bone Orchard is a master class in story telling that will have readers seeking out the Edgar nominated author’s back catalogue with relish.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, former Maine Warden Mike Bowditch is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of "suicide by cop," he begins having second thoughts about his decision. Now Kathy finds herself the target of an official inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier's platoon mates. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the sniper responsible.

The way in which Doiron describes the environment surrounding his characters is quite simply breathtaking. From the moment we crack open the first page, we can smell the wilderness with which he sis surrounded, taste the salt in the air and feel the pain and frustration Bowditch carries with him as though we ourselves are sharing his burdens.

Added to this is some of the snappiest dialogue around, the tension of a high wire walker’s main tool and a crafted, beautifully employed subplot that will have you so enthralled that by the novel’s end, The Bone Orchard will have sneaked up and installed itself into the list of one of the best books you’ll have read this year.


 


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