Friday, August 24, 2012

ARE YOU LISTENING? BAD LITTLE FALLS: A GUEST REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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BAD LITTLE FALLS
BY PAUL DOIRON
READ BY HENRY LEYVA
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Anthony- and Edgar-award nominated author Paul Doiron delivers another “masterpiece of high-octane narrative” (Booklist) with Bad Little Falls, his newest harrowing thriller about the hunt for a murderer at the height of a major snowstorm.

Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been sent into exile, transferred by his superiors to a remote outpost on the Canadian border. When a blizzard descends on the coast, Bowditch is called to the rustic cabin of a terrified couple. A raving and halffrozen man has appeared at their door, claiming his friend is lost in the storm. But what starts as a rescue mission in the wilderness soon becomes a baffling murder investigation. The dead man is a notorious drug dealer, and state police detectives suspect it was his own friend who killed him. Bowditch isn’t so sure, but his vow not to interfere in the case is tested when he finds himself powerfully attracted to a beautiful woman with a dark past and a troubled young son. The boy seems to know something about what really happened in the blizzard, but he is keeping his secrets locked in a cryptic notebook, and Mike fears for the safety of the strange child. Meanwhile, an anonymous tormentor has decided to make the new warden’s life a living hell. Alone and outgunned, Bowditch turns for assistance to his old friend, the legendary bush pilot Charley Stevens. But in this snowbound landscape—where smugglers wage blood feuds by night—help seems very far away indeed. If Bowditch is going to catch a killer, he must survive on his own wits and discover strength he never knew he possessed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bestselling author PAUL DOIRON is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher's Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist.
To read more about Paul Doiron, visit his website "Biio" HERE.  
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Henry Leyva has appeared in numerous stage and screen productions.  His film and television work includes roles on One Life to Live, Romancing America, The Digital CafĂ©, The Interrogation, and The Windigo.  He has also performed in a host of off-Broadway productions, including In the Heights, Love Suicide, and Guanabaco.  He has performed in voiceovers for commercials, including those for HSBC, Claritin, and the Daily News. Henry's audiobook credits include reading Colin Harrison's The Havana Room, Michael Palmer's Fatal, Lawrence Block's Killing Castro, and John Grisham's The Testament as well as other popular authors like Nicholas Sparks and Phyllis Naylor.
OTHER BOOKS BY PAUL DOIRON:
               
MY GUEST REVIEW:
There are people who read and people who devour books. Carol Wong is one of those people. I am constantly amazed at how much she can read. That amazing feat is only out done by how well she reviews books. Today I am thrilled that Carol agreed to review BAD LITTLE FALLS for my blog. She puts so much of herself into her reviews that I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did. In case you don't "know" Carol, or haven't seen her reviews for me before, she is a wonderful friend who is married and is bravely surviving the heat of Texas this summer where she lives with her husband. Thank you SO MUCH, Carol.
I chose “Bad Little Falls” by Paul Doiron in an effort to get cool. Sometime it gets up to 108 here in Texas. Not so in Maine.

Maine Game Warden, Mike Bowdich, lives and works in the Washington County Maine, a county where unemployment, drugs and crime run rampant.  There is a blizzard too.   On the plus side Washington County is the wild blueberry capital of the world. When he interviewed someone who had been living out in the country, he asked them, “How long they had been living there?”  “Too long” was the answer.
I had never read a Mike Bowdich mystery before. At first I was a little disappointed by the rough language and by Mike Bowdich himself. Mike had been sent to this remote area because of his previous lack of judgment in his job. He retained that lack and could not curb his impulsiveness in this story. I just got used to it.  But what redeemed him was his crazy sense of humor and encyclopedic knowledge of the oddest and often useful things and his boundless empathy for others. He really grew on me. Another great feature of this story is that although it got extremely complex, it still was easy to follow.

The story opens with a frozen zebra. That’s right a zebra in Maine. Mike was after a game farm that sold the chance of shooting zebras and other exotic wildlife.  When he paid his visit to the game farm, all sorts of mayhem broke out including murder and uncovering of a smuggling ring, and a romance. 

Machias, Maine which translates into Bad Little Falls has one restaurant, a McDonalds so a lot of the talking occurs there. Also, it is used as the local senior center. Washington was just as much a character in this mystery as the others.

Now that I know more about Mike, I like him very much, he had a sorrowful childhood, and his judgment mistakes are his, not mine.  Now you know what makes this mystery so special, Washington County, Maine and Game Warden Mike Bowdich, I hope that you will want to listen.

I highly recommend this audio book. The reader was Henry Leya and he was perfect for this story.
 
GIVEAWAY 
THANKS TO ESTHER AND MY FRIENDS AT
MACMILLAN AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY OF 
BAD LITTLE FALLS BY PAUL DOIRON,
TO GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY READER
 
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