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'Massacre Pond' is a tense and clever mystery

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2013 at 9:48 am •  Published: July 16, 2013

Doiron fashions a tense and clever mystery peopled by characters you could well meet by wandering into the wrong Down East bar. As usual, he peppers his superbly well-written yarn with evocative descriptions of the state he and Bowditch call home, including this passage about nightfall in the forest:

"A stillness surrounds you that makes every stray sound — even an acorn dropping, every chipmunk peep — seem overly loud. The birds go quiet. Sometimes you'll hear a distant crashing that makes your heart stop; a buck has caught your scent and gone leaping off into the brush before you can spot the white flag of his tail."

Bowditch's personal life has never been smooth; his father turned out to be a killer in "The Poacher's Son" 2010). This time, his troubles include an unrequited love for a friend's daughter and the troubling behavior of his seldom-visited mother. Despite the distractions, he cracks the case, but only at considerable cost to himself and people close to him.


Bruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award, is the author of "Cliff Walk" and "Rogue Island."