Characters are well-drawn in Paul Doiron’s ‘Knife Creek’

  • This book cover image released by Minotaur shows "Knife Creek," a novel by Paul Doiron. (Minotaur via AP)

Associated Press
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Maine’s backcountry is being invaded by feral hogs. Hordes of drunken, half-naked college students are partying up and down the winding Saco River. A teenager who disappeared years ago is about to be declared dead. And a retired state trooper remains irrationally obsessed with her case.

All of the above may or may not be connected to a muscle-bound rich kid who preys on women, the half-buried remains of a baby girl, two mysterious women in red wigs and a rural slumlord whose shacks have an unfortunate habit of exploding in flames.

Knife Creek, Paul Doiron’s eighth crime novel featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, begins innocently enough when the hero is assigned to shoot the invasive hogs. But when his hunt turns up the hog-chewed remains of the baby girl, all hell breaks loose.

As always with a Doiron novel, the characters are so well-drawn you can almost reach out and shake their hands.