The Precipice

The Precipice

Book - 2015
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"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.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250063694
1250063698
Branch Call Number: F DOIRO-P
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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