Paul Doiron Admits It: His Wife Was Right

Paul DoironMost of the authors we’re hearing from during Booklist‘s Mystery Month have been name brands with well-known series or large bodies of work. But Paul Doiron‘s debut, The Poacher’s Son (2010) definitely made the mystery world sit up and take notice. “One hopes this fine novel is the first in a series starring Warden Bowditch, who could quickly become the East Coast version of C. J. Box’s game-warden hero Joe Pickett,” wrote Jessica Moyer in her starred Booklist review—and the book was nominated for Edgar and Barry awards as well. Doiron’s second novel, Trespasser, comes out next month and has earned another starred review. With that kind of heat, I thought we should find out what kind of fuel this talented author has been burning.

Jo Nesbo, The Devil's StarKnowing how much I admire the novels of Henning Mankell, my wife has been bugging me for a while now to read this Norwegian author whose works are similarly dark, gritty, and well-written. In The Devil’s Star, Jo Nesbø’s stubbornly independent (and alcoholic) police detective Harry Hole fights his own personal demons while on the track of a serial killer who leaves star-shaped diamonds at the crime scenes. Excellent character development, smooth interweaving of Hole’s private and professional lives, an edgy narrative with shocking twists, and new insight into the darker side of life in Oslo add up to a truly compelling read. As hard as it is to admit, my wife was right.

Mystery MonthGiven how much I admire the novels of C. J. Box, I’d better read Doiron, too!

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

1 Comment on "Paul Doiron Admits It: His Wife Was Right"

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  1.' laurelp52 says:

    My preference is Paul Doiron over C.J. Box. In my opinion his writing is more concise, he describes a geographical area while the character is moving through it, unlike many authors that go into lengthy descriptions that do not move the story forward. I prefer his character Mike Bowditch and supporting actors to the characters Joe Pickett, et al.
    Not mentioned here surprisingly is corcoran o’connor, William Kent Krueger’s wonderful series set in far north Minnesota. Cork O’Connor is sometimes Sheriff, full time investigator, part-time wilderness guide for the Boundary Waters near the Ojibwe reservation where he has many friends being his Grandmother is Ojibwe.

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