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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Archer Mayor Narrator: Christopher Graybill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joe Gunther Mysteries Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781482978032
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Joe Gunther, a longtime Vermont cop and now the head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation gets the call that every law enforcement person hates and every friend and family member of a policeman fears—a cop has been shot and killed. A deputy sheriff was shot to death during a routine traffic stop on a dark country road. From what can been seen on the cruiser’s tape recorder of the killers, it is believed that they were a couple of Boston-based drug runners who had been stopped by the deputy on their way from Canada down to Boston. 

Which is what brings Gunther and his team to the investigation—an attempt to shut down the major drug running operation. Especially that of one Alan Budney, disaffected son of a lobsterman, now a drug kingpin, who uses the closed, clannish lobster fishing community and his extended family in particular, to move drugs along the New England coast.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Archer Mayor doesn’t do quaint. He might use poetic imagery to describe the austere beauty of New England’s rugged mountains and snowbound villages, but as far as their crime content is concerned, his police procedurals are about as authentic as it gets.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] superior regional series…an unexpected final catch, one of many in the story, will leave fans feeling fully satisfied.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mayor’s nineteenth crime novel offers an interesting tale with a suspenseful denouement.”

    Library Journal

  • “Elegant, even lyrical prose...a new Joe Gunther is always good news.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 2/20/2014

    " This series has pretty much jumped the shark. Readable, certainly, and of more than marginal interest to me since I am working on a news story about drugs in New England, but not exactly a barn-burning read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 2/5/2014

    " Good story, taking place in coastal Maine, largely. The ending was not entirely satisfactory, but does reflect reality, rather than having everything tied up in a neat package. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/23/2014

    " This time a deputy is shot on Route 7 south of Vergennes and the search takes Joe to the coast of Maine in hopes of finding the suspect who is involved in a drug ring. There is an interesting twist at the end. The story is light reading and there were a number of characters that I had to continually remind myself who they were. I particularly like Mayor's stories because I can get a real feel for the place as he names actual locations and captures the essence of the communities. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/19/2014

    " Too much running around in circles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 12/18/2013

    " Sigh. Another book I picked up randomly when I needed something to entertain me for a few hours - the end was AWFUL and extremely anti-climatic with no resolution! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 12/3/2013

    " Joe Gunther #19. State trooper shot while on traffic stop, leaves behind video and a fingerprint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/29/2013

    " I thought I had finished this series but there's more!! Great characters evolving in sutuations that are compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 11/24/2013

    " Another in a series of police procedurals set in VT. Twist to the form in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 11/9/2013

    " Excellent story line, a lot of detail and plot twists. The more stories Mayor writes, the better he gets! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 10/29/2013

    " I'm generally a big fan of this series, but I thought this outing was a disappointment. Way too much misdirection and procedural stuff, not enough of the character development in previous books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 8/8/2013

    " A police procedural where the main character has a quiet strength about him and a good guy air. A quick, easy read. This book takes place in various locations in New England and describes the scenery and people very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulah | 8/1/2013

    " not one of his very best, but a transitional book, as JG gets more comfortable in a new relationship and gains more recognition in the VBI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winifred | 11/13/2012

    " All Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series mystery books are page turners. As soon as I finished one I began another. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 7/7/2012

    " I love Archer Mayor mysteries but this one was just OK. The drug theme and too much "law enforcement details" was a bit of a bore for my taste. This was not up to Mr.Mayor's usual page turning style. I will look forward to next year's book however! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wyma | 5/14/2012

    " The same cast of characters we've enjoyed previously added to law enforcement characters in New Hampshire and Maine. Mayor catches our attention quickly with a cop killing and layers the plot with drug dealing and lobster fishermen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/28/2012

    " This book just seemed to amble on with no clear direction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marca | 1/23/2012

    " Good, but had trouble focusing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/8/2011

    " I wasn't too pleased with the ending, I thought it left too many loose ends untied :-/ "

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

    " This series is consistently enjoyable. With the advent of a new love interest for Gunther, it's taken on new vitality. I find the recurring characters of Willy and Sam appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/19/2011

    " Latest entry in an excellent police procedural that I was turned onto years ago by Kevin, the mystery bookseller in Borders Framingham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arden | 2/18/2011

    " Another good Joe Gunther book - on the coast of Maine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Shannon | 1/6/2011

    " One of those mysteries that is all about police procedure. There is very little here in terms of character development. It is not poorly written, quite the contrary, but is just not my kind of mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Thomas | 3/13/2010

    " The least favorite "Joe Gunther"novel, I've read. The plot was all over the place, literally and figuratively. The ending didn't feel like an ending but just a stop. Here's hoping Book 20 in the series, is better reading. "

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About the Author
Author Archer Mayor

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series of mystery novels featuring detective Joe Gunther, of which Tag Man was a New York Times bestseller. He is a past winner of the New England Book Award for his body of work, the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. He also works as a death investigator, a sheriff’s deputy, and a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He lives in Newfane, Vermont.

About the Narrator

Christopher Graybill has performed solo or partial narration for more than seventy-five audio books, including Listen Up and Audie Award winners.