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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:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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