The precipice : a novel / Paul Doiron.

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      Summary: "When two young female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness--the most remote stretch along the entire two-thousand mile Appalachian Trail--Maine game warden Mike Bowditch joins the search to find them. The police interview everyone they can find who came in contact with the college students and learn that the women were lovers who had been keeping their relationship secret from their Evangelical parents in Georgia. When two corpses are discovered--the bones picked clean by coyotes--rumors spread that the women were stalked and killed by the increasingly aggressive canines. Faced with a statewide panic, Maine's governor places an emergency bounty on every dead coyote, and wildlife officials are tasked with collecting the carcasses. Despite some misgivings, Bowditch does his grisly job. But he finds his complacency challenged by his new girlfriend, the brilliant but volatile biologist Stacey Stevens, who insists coyotes merely scavenged the bodies after the women were murdered. When Stacey herself disappears on the outskirts of the Hundred Mile Wilderness, Bowditch realizes that locating her means he must also discover the truth behind what happened to the two hikers. Were the young women really killed by coyotes or, as Stacey insisted, were they murdered by the most dangerous animal in the North Woods?"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • ABNT:
      DOIRON, P. The precipice : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2015. ISBN 9781250063694. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 out. 2020.
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      Doiron P. The Precipice : A Novel. First edition. Minotaur Books; 2015. Accessed October 20, 2020.
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      Doiron, P. (2015). The precipice : a novel (First edition.). Minotaur Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Doiron, Paul. 2015. The Precipice : A Novel. First edition. Mike Bowditch Mysteries: 6. Minotaur Books.
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      Doiron, P. (2015) The precipice : a novel. First edition. Minotaur Books (Mike Bowditch mysteries: 6). Available at: (Accessed: 20 October 2020).
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      Doiron, P 2015, The precipice : a novel, First edition., Mike Bowditch mysteries: 6, Minotaur Books, viewed 20 October 2020, .
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      Doiron, Paul. The Precipice : A Novel. First edition., Minotaur Books, 2015. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Doiron, Paul. The Precipice : A Novel. First edition. Mike Bowditch Mysteries: 6. Minotaur Books, 2015.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Doiron P. The precipice : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Minotaur Books; 2015 [cited 2020 Oct 20]. (Mike Bowditch mysteries: 6). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2015 May #1

*Starred Review* Many of our favorite nonconformist crime-series heroes leave their jobs in righteous indignation but eventually return to the fold. It was so for Michael Connelly's police detective Harry Bosch and for C. J. Box's game warden Joe Pickett, and so it is for Doiron's Mike Bowditch, also a game warden, whose last adventure, The Bone Orchard (2014), found the inveterate rule-breaker out on his own, working as a fishing guide but still landing up to his waders in a murder investigation. He's back with the Maine Warden Service this time, but he hasn't stopped pushing the bureaucrats' buttons, and there are plenty of buttons to push after the bodies of two female hikers are found ravaged by coyotes in Maine's Hundred-Mile Wilderness. Bowditch and his equally volatile girlfriend, Stacy Stevens, don't believe the coyotes killed the women, though the animals did scavenge the bodies, and when Stevens herself disappears, Bowditch kicks into overdrive, leaving various politicians and state officials fuming in his wake. Doiron, like Keith McCafferty in Crazy Mountain Kiss (2015), manages to write evocatively about the wilderness while at the same time showing how it can be a deadly adversary. Not that humans aren't even more deadly, as Bowditch discovers when he's forced to go up against the drug-dealing Dow family, who terrorize the surrounding community much in the manner of the Ames clan in Jim Harrison's The Big Seven (2015). This is one of the finest entries in a uniformly strong series that has quietly taken its place among the very best outdoors-based crime dramas.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: An extra marketing boost may well vault Doiron to the next level in sales; he's already there in critical acclaim. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2015 January #1

The bodies of two young female hikers are found chawed clean by coyotes along the Appalachian Trail, and game warden Mike Bowditch's biologist girlfriend insists that as scavengers coyotes could not have killed them. Sixth in a series from Barry Award winner Doiron.

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LJ Reviews 2015 May #2

In this sixth series outing (after The Bone Orchard), Doiron continues to develop steadily the universe of Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. When the chewed-up bodies of two young female hikers who disappeared along a remote stretch of the Appalachian Trail are found, biologist Stacey Stevens, Mike's new girlfriend, insists coyotes were not the culprits. When she disappears along the trail where the girls had vanished, Mike must uncover the truth. VERDICT Bowditch is an uncomplicated good guy who might even be considered boring except for the lively conversations on topics as diverse as atheism, sexuality, and animal rights. This unexpected thoughtfulness makes his character appealing enough for readers to cheer him on. Doiron offers backstory for new readers, while fans of outdoorsy mysteries and Daniel Woodrell will enjoy seeing another aspect of backwoods law and order. [See Prepub Alert, 12/15/14.]—Nicole R. Steeves, Chicago P.L.

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PW Reviews 2015 April #4

Doiron brings his gift for making the Maine woods live and breathe to a taut whodunit in his stellar sixth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch (after 2014's The Bone Orchard). Bowditch is pulled away from a romantic weekend with his biologist girlfriend, Stacey Stevens, when word reaches the authorities that two young women have disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail's daunting Hundred Mile Wilderness. Samantha Boggs and Missy Montgomery, recent graduates of Pentecost University, a Christian school in the South, failed to check in with their parents in Georgia three days earlier, triggering a massive manhunt. Bowditch is teamed with an unusual volunteer, Bob Nissen (known as Nonstop for his record pace hiking the entire trail), and is soon able to narrow the parameters of the search. Bowditch identifies the women's "point last seen" via a logbook entry that contains an ominous reference to coyotes. Multidimensional characters and a high level of suspense help make this a winner. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. (June)

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