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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven F. Havill Narrator: Rusty Nelson Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Posadas County Mysteries Release Date: February 2002 ISBN: 9781581163827
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Posadas County, New Mexico has very few mean streets and no city-slick cop shop. But it has an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff—William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement—and doesn’t want one, even if he’s being nudged gently toward retirement. Then big time trouble strikes. A car full of teens, running from a stop by Deputy Torrez, goes airborne into a rocky outcrop, killing all five kids and revealing a package of cocaine under the seat. Has someone brought big-time crime to the county. Bill is now dealing with grieving parents—one of whom starts packing a gun. Then a second explosion of violence fells an undercover cop. Under pressure, the sheriff’s department pulls together to make a formidable team. Its weak spot may be Bill whose mind is too tough to crumble but whose body, long mistreated, gradually succumbs to stress. Ignoring all advice—and sense—he pilots the case to a final dramatic, midair confrontation where the fate of the killer—and the cop—will be decided….

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Meyer | 2/18/2014

    " A good read. This is my second Steven Havill book but the first of the Posadas County mysteries. Under sheriff Bill Gastner is an interesting hero: an overweight grandfather who doesn't get enough sleep. The mystery starts with a fatal car crash involving teenagers and a kilo of cocaine. One thing leads to another with an exciting conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 2/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The mystery is interesting although not too hard to figure out (at least I did which is unusual). However the protagonist is wonderful. It's great to see a 60 something man not grouching about the "young whipper-snapper", instead encouraging the young to learn from him. I'll be reading the rest of the stories in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Von Glitschka | 2/12/2014

    " The cast of characters in the Posada Country stories would make for a great TV series. I'd never heard of this author and stumbled upon his books looking through the discount area of a site. Another author who writes just as good as a Grisham but gets none of the hype. You'll love all these books and wonder why Hollywood doesn't create more interesting content with gold like this waiting to be panned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P.e.lolo | 2/11/2014

    " A good story about a small town and an aging cop. He not only dealing with the crimes, but also his health and if he can still do the job. Good book I thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 1/31/2014

    " Set in Posadas County, New Mexico, it's the first book in a terrific police procedural series featuring Undersheriff Bill Gastner and Deputy Estelle Reyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " Engaging characters and plot. Will definitely read more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 1/2/2014

    " Good first mystery by author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/1/2014

    " I really did not expect to like this book when I picked it up but it "knocked my socks off." It was a terrific read and I plan to the others in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/25/2013

    " Actually mystery #1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 11/24/2013

    " I'm hooked. So much fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anisa | 11/20/2013

    " Loved it. Even if it is an imaginary county and town in my part of New Mexico. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/11/2013

    " First book I've ready by Steven Havill - will deffo be reading more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 10/7/2013

    " Typical mystery. The main character is hilarious. He is such a curmudgeon. I might read more since they aren't a big time commitment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 9/23/2013

    " I'm going to go out and find more of these books. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 7/14/2013

    " Well written characters- the last chapter had me hanging on to the edge of my seat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel Jennifer | 6/29/2013

    " I liked the characters and could feel what they were about. I also liked the twists and turns in the semi-lighthearted mystery. I will be reading this author;s other books as well. Good mystery read without the gore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/15/2013

    " Detective fiction in southeastern New Mexico. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeeAnne | 9/21/2012

    " This is a short (195 pages) tight little mystery set in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico. The writing is fine and the mystery unfolds piece by piece to it's satisfying conclusion. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is crabby smart as a whip. I look forward to reading more of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 7/3/2012

    " Listened to this in audio. I really like thses rural police procedurals. This is the first in the series by Undersheriff Bill Gastner, set in New Mexico. 5 teenagers die in a car accident and drugs are involved. Gastner starts looking into the drug connection. Quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 3/11/2012

    " Still loving these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gypsy Lady | 12/17/2011

    " Fictional American Southwest setting featuring Sheriff Gastner and company. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Sampson | 12/14/2011

    " Love riding around the county with the sheriff. In between eating at the don Juan restaurant and solving crime the sheriff is a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/5/2011

    " I've just discovered Havill and the Posadas County mysteries. What a great find. Perhaps because I live in Arizona, I find the New Mexico setting so compelling. Great characters, different enough to be fun...not easy for an author in these times. I'm hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 8/15/2011

    " Interesting mystery. Good characters. Will probably read another in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Schauer | 6/25/2011

    " Just like previous books in the series...don't want to stop reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sampsonti | 3/20/2011

    " Love riding around the county with the sheriff. In between eating at the don Juan restaurant and solving crime the sheriff is a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/28/2010

    " This was my first meeting with Undersheriff Bill Gastner and I will read his other adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 5/25/2010

    " Good first mystery by author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 12/7/2009

    " Southern New Mexico sheriff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeeAnne | 8/8/2009

    " This is a short (195 pages) tight little mystery set in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico. The writing is fine and the mystery unfolds piece by piece to it's satisfying conclusion. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is crabby smart as a whip. I look forward to reading more of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/14/2009

    " I really did not expect to like this book when I picked it up but it "knocked my socks off." It was a terrific read and I plan to the others in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 2/10/2009

    " Listened to this in audio. I really like thses rural police procedurals. This is the first in the series by Undersheriff Bill Gastner, set in New Mexico. 5 teenagers die in a car accident and drugs are involved. Gastner starts looking into the drug connection. Quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa | 10/10/2008

    " Set in Posadas County, New Mexico, it's the first book in a terrific police procedural series featuring Undersheriff Bill Gastner and Deputy Estelle Reyes. "

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About the Author
Author Steven F. Havill

Steven F. Havill is the author of more than twenty novels set in the American West. He taught in secondary schools for twenty-five years and since then earned an associate of applied science degree in gunsmithing. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in New Mexico.

About the Narrator

Rusty Nelson is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.