Paul Doiron’s new novel is terrific

You’ll want to mark July 2 on your calendar, because that’s when Paul Doiron’s new novel, Almost Midnight, published by Minotaur Books, will be available for purchase.

Paul has written a series of great novels which are now selling worldwide. He was, at one time, the editor of Down East Magazine, and he hired me to write occasional columns for the magazine, so I’ve known him long time. And I am so pleased he has become such a popular novelist.

Of course, there’s a reason for that. Paul has a great imagination and his books are filled with plenty of murder and mayhem, and very compellingcharacters.

His principal character is a game warden, Mike Bowditch. Paul actually spent quite a bit of time with real Maine game wardens, so he could portray them realistically in his novels.

In Almost Midnight, Mike Bowditch gets involved in everything from chaos and murder in the local jail, to the shooting of a wolf. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but I can tell you it is so compelling that I just could not stop reading. I had planned to spend several days enjoying this novel but I read it in two evenings.

And now, unfortunately, I’ll have to wait another year for Paul’s next novel.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.