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Bone Orchard
by Paul Doiron
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Minotaur, 2015 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The Bone Orchard is the fifth (following Massacre Pond) in Paul Doiron's gritty series starring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. Having only previously read the second in the series, Trespasser, I had some catching up to do.

Mike is no longer a rookie warden. At this point in the series, frustrated with his constant troubles with his superiors (most of whom consider him 'a know-it-all and a meddler'), he has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide. That quickly changes after his first sergeant, mentor and supporter, Kathy Frost, gets into trouble.

She and newly graduated Dani Tate were called out after disfigured Afghan war veteran Jimmy Gammon 'had barricaded himself inside a horse barn and was threatening to blow his head off with a shotgun.' Instead he was shot by the wardens, Kathy taking full responsibility. Jimmy's wealthy, politically connected parents immediately threatened lawsuits.

Mike rushes to Kathy's side - they argue and she's shot by a sniper soon afterwards. You can see where this leads of course. Mike investigates, despite having no official status. Was the sniper attack connected to the Gammon shooting or to a prior case that Kathy was working on? Mike connects with touchy Dani Tate to find out. More violence follows.

It turns out that 'Revenge can be a powerful motivator.' The Bone Orchard is another gripping episode in a stellar series, that does a wonderful job of showcasing Maine's scenic beauty. Don't miss it!

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