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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (162 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Archer Mayor Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joe Gunther Mysteries Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781482979046
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Wayne Castine was found brutally murdered and the murderer remains at large. A suspected child predator, he was killed in Brattleboro where he was involved with a tangled network of an extended family living in a local trailer park. Any member of the clan would have had the opportunity to kill him and, as he was involved with both the mother and her twelve-year-old daughter, reason to commit the murder. 

At the same time, Joe Gunther has learned that his girlfriend Lyn Silva’s fisherman father and brother, believed lost at sea off the coast of Maine, might have actually been murdered. Without enough solid information to warrant law enforcement involvement, Lyn returns to Maine to try and investigate Gunther’s findings. Gunther periodically puts his ongoing murder investigation on hold—irritating his colleagues and angering his bosses—to go and help Lyn in Maine. It appears increasingly possible that her father and brother weren’t the good guys that Lyn always believed them to be and that they might have been involved with vicious smugglers who murdered them—and might do the same to Lyn if she keeps pushing. Torn between his conscience and his heart, a murder investigation and a personal search for the truth, Gunther finds that betrayal and loyalty are often a matter of viewpoint.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As authentic as it gets.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The Joe Gunther series is one of the best around…With its excellent noir touches, terrific plots, and really interesting central character, it ought to appear at the top of most lists.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)  

  • “Mayor still shows why he is one of the most respected American writers or procedurals.”

    Library Journal

  • “As always, Mayor delivers rich characters, solid police procedural details, and a rich sense of place. A solid addition to a fine series.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/18/2014

    " Joe has a new girlfriend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 judy | 2/7/2014

    " I love the Joe Gunther series because I am a sucker for Vermont, Maine and small towns. This is the 20th in the series but it missed something for me. Perhaps it was that Joe was so detached from his crew. More likely it was the scuz factor. I really didn't like having to spend so much time with icky characters. Not to worry, fans. The mystery (mysteries) is still solid and moves right along. I liken my reaction to having to eat a brussels sprout in the middle of a favorite dinner. A moment of yuk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mircats | 1/11/2014

    " Really like the way Mayor writes two seemingly unrelated stories that, naturally, are related after all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 1/6/2014

    " Much better than the preceding book, "The Catch", in this series. This one is well paced, exciting, and actually has an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 1/5/2014

    " It's fun to read about familiar places. I always like his books, and he is funny in person, great personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herzog | 11/29/2013

    " I'm a fan of this series, but this was a little strained. The two plot lines stretched the believability of the book. I continue to enjoy the interplay between the characters, especially Joe, Willie and Sam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/28/2013

    " I think I need to go back and find more of the Joe Gunther series. This kept me quite entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie | 11/3/2013

    " Police procedural taking place in Vermont and Maine. Good description of scenery and way of life in this part of the country. Bought the book at the Orrs Island library book sale. Definitely worth the $1.00 I paid for it (and more). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 9/21/2013

    " Another in the Joe Gunther series. Follows 'The Catch', with repercussions from findings in that story carrying over in the personal life of Joe's girlfriend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 7/9/2013

    " Reliable read with the appealing Joe Gunther and less appealing Willie Kunkle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 6/27/2013

    " I like the setting (Brattleboro, Vermont) with the addition of a bit of Maine this time, for this series of books but the author seems to be tiring of his people. "

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

    " Latest in the Joe Gunther series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burt | 12/28/2012

    " Once again Joe Gunther takes care of everyone. He saves his girlfriend and solves the murder with the help of his crew. An entertaining read just like Mayor's other novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulah | 11/22/2012

    " Another great Joe Gunther story. Liked this one much, much more than the story it continues. Willy and Sammy play prominent roles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winifred | 10/30/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 6/30/2012

    " Joe Gunther has too much on his plate in this latest in Mayor's Vermont VBI series. Joe has his hands full and it's a good thing that his crew is as good at what they do as they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 4/5/2012

    " it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne Thomas | 8/13/2011

    " What?! Very disappointed with the ending. Actually, I think that the last chapter which should bring the novel to an end, was forgotten! Here's to hoping that the next book brings closure to this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 6/20/2011

    " As always, a decent story and great characters. Plus living in New England, most of the places Mayor writes about are placed we have been or travel frequently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajh | 9/8/2010

    " Has characters like no book I have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/9/2010

    " I am a fan of Archer Mayor. I enjoy the local color, being a bit familiar with Brattleboro VT. I have read most all of the Joe Gunther mysteries, and enjoy following his life, as well as the mysteries he solves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patt | 7/8/2010

    " Love Willy Kunkle--he'd be a great friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/18/2009

    " Forgot about Joe Gunther for a while, so I got the last 2 books out, not remembering how far I'd read. This one turned out to be a re-read but it brought me back up to speed on the characters. Not one of his best, but the refresh was good for me. "

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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

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.