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Author: Steven F. Havill Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Posadas County Mysteries Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781481589321
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When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation—that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter’s rifle blew out Larry Zipoli’s brains—is soon discarded as inconsistencies surface. The fatal bullet shows no rifling marks, and investigation shows that the shooter walked directly toward the road grader, in full view of the victim—who did nothing to defend himself.

In addition to the demands of the investigation, Gastner learns that Sheriff Eduardo Salcido has hired a new deputy without discussing the matter with his undersheriff and that the new hire is destined to be the first female road-patrol deputy in the history of Posadas County.

Thus begins Gastner’s relationship with Estelle Reyes, whose shrewd observations shed important light on a crime that reveals all kinds of skeletons lurking in Posadas County closets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of Havill’s fine multicultural procedural series set in Posadas County, New Mexico, will welcome the unusual seventeenth entry, a prequel set in 1987…This solid installment is the perfect introduction for new readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ray Porter proficiently handles the colorful male and female characters and Hispanic accents. His pacing is perfect as the story unfolds the puzzling murder of Larry Zipoli...Porter gives careful attention to all.”


  • “The eighteenth Posadas County mystery is a prequel that introduces the formidable Estelle Reyes to county law enforcement. Longtime series fans know Reyes moved up the hierarchy until ascending to the sheriff’s position after Gastner’s retirement…Gastner and Reyes complement each other well in an entertaining preview of a decades-long partnership. A welcome entry in an always satisfying series.”


  • “Undersheriff Bill Gastner of Posadas County, NM, meets Estelle Reyes, the once-and-future undersheriff, in a welcome, well-wrought prequel…Gastner and Reyes charm from the get-go.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting prequel. It's part of a good series. Gastner is an interesting good and the introduction of Estelle Reyes made the book worthwhile. The accidental killing seems unrealistic based on the material presented on rifles and ammunition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/30/2013

    " One Perfect Shot goes backwards in the series to when Estelle first joins the Posadas county sheriff's department. Although I've enjoyed most of the books in this series it took me a while to get into this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 10/21/2013

    " This is the first Havill book I've read. Sometimes I'm interested in alot of detail or locale descriptions. Not this time. However, the characters themselves I did enjoy. I'm holding this series in reserve for another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/16/2013

    " An excellent addition to the Posadas series - this book introduces Estelle Reyes as a new hire to the Sheriff's Department in a pre-quel set when Bill Gastner was still the Undersheriff. A very engaging mystery where the solution emerged very slowly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/19/2013

    " One of the reviewers said it took her 5 chapters to get into the book -- it took me 14! But I eventaully liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 10/14/2012

    " This was an ok read, not boring, but not all that interesting to read. The interaction between the undersherrif and Miss Reyes was more fun to read then the mystery, which wasn't much of one really. The story needed help in a lot ways, mostly the shooter and the reason why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolmcj | 8/14/2012

    " Enjoyable if you already love the series,but not good enough to hook new readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 5/25/2012

    " Slow moving, finally got my interest about the 5 or 6th chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. | 5/24/2012

    " I loved this book. After reading it, I proceeded to read the remaining books in the series. If I ever have to deal with law enforcement, I'd pick this crew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/8/2012

    " This was the audio version of the "prequel" of Undersheriff Gastner series, when Estelle Reyes joins the department. While the story itself was well-done, as usual with a Havill book, the reader did not do it justice. It would have been a much better listen with a reader of George Guidall's caliber. "

About the Author

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

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations as well as several Earphones Awards and enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.