'Massacre Pond' is a tense and clever mystery

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

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

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http://www.pauldoiron.com/

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