Search Results: "Archer Mayor"


BOOK REVIEW

BELLOWS FALLS by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 1997

"Once again Mayor does it all—domestic abuse, forensics, a statewide drug ring, family counseling—while balancing the whole triple-decker mess on the Bouches' troubled marriage."
Bellows Falls isn't far from Brattleboro, but it's a whole world away from the bigger town's bustling optimism, as even its own fatalistic natives, who never seem to get very far from home, acknowledge. Read full book review >

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SCENT OF EVIL by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"A miss, then, but still an author to be reckoned with."
An honorable failure in which the author's forensic expertise, plain-speaking, and love of Vermont don't quite compensate for a plot that falls apart three quarters of the way through. Read full book review >

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TUCKER PEAK by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"An okay police procedural, but Mayor's focus on the infant VBI gives disappointingly short shrift to the sharp, telling small-town portraits that have generally marked this series as special (Occam's Razor, 1999, etc.)."
Untoward things are happening at Tucker Peak, the posh ski resort upstate—things that might be troublesome enough to warrant the attention of Joe Gunther's freshly minted Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Read full book review >

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THREE CAN KEEP A SECRET by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A deft mix of storm stories, political shenanigans, small-town procedural stuff and some pretty shocking buried secrets. One of Joe's best."
Sweeping through Joe Gunther's Vermont, Hurricane Irene leaves a lot more damage in her wake than power outages and floods. Read full book review >

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OCCAM'S RAZOR by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Now maybe he'll pick up his pace a bit, addressing the sag that always seems to beset his middles."
The corpse had neither head nor hands—an outcome not really surprising when an irresistible force (speeding train) meets a highly perishable object (the human form). Read full book review >

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TAG MAN by Archer Mayor
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"It's hard to imagine a more likable thief than Mayor's Tag Man—or, for that matter, a more companionable lawman than the time-and-trouble-tested Sage of Brattleboro."
Joe Gunther (Red Herring, 2010, etc.) returns in the strange case of a burglar not so much. Read full book review >

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PRESUMPTION OF GUILT by Archer Mayor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Veteran Mayor (The Company She Kept, 2015, etc.) has no trouble making the two very different parts of his story work well on their own, but even he can't make them mesh very convincingly."
The demolition of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor discloses a 40-year-old corpse and a mess of industrial-strength criminal waste for Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation to clean up. Read full book review >

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THE DARK ROOT by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 1995

"Mayor's sixth book (Fruits of the Poisonous Tree, 1994, etc.) is in every way his biggest, though the outsized scale works against the intimacy of Gunther's earlier cases, keeping you from getting very close to any of the players before they get plugged and planted and the dragnet moves on."
Vietnamese gangsters have come to Brattleboro, Vermont, and they're playing havoc with the bucolic town, which usually has the luxury of much more limited crime waves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHAT by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 25, 2007

"After 18 installments (St. Albans Fire, 2005, etc.), Gunther's adventures remain as consistently readable as anything in the genre."
Happy families, unhappy families, bloodthirsty families…suddenly Special Agent Joe Gunther is hip-deep in family business. Read full book review >

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THE SKELETON'S KNEE by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Mayor, who could probably write dandy investigative nonfiction, needs to tighten up his storylines before this otherwise estimable series sinks into mediocrity."
When Vermont recluse Abraham Fuller dies, the autopsy reveals he was killed by an aneurysm—caused by a bullet shot at him about 20 years before. Read full book review >

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THE SURROGATE THIEF by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 2004

"Engrossing stuff. Only K.C. Constantine rivals Mayor in his mastery of the small-town procedural (Gatekeeper, 2003, etc.)."
The sleuthing Sage of Brattleboro is in top form, though it does take him 32 years to crack his case. Read full book review >

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PARADISE CITY by Archer Mayor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Understated, occasionally very funny (see Kunkle) and very intelligent. In his 23rd appearance (Tag Man, 2011, etc.), the Sage of Brattleboro remains as appealing as ever."
Joe Gunther and his crack team of Vermont sleuths crack a case in Massachusetts. Read full book review >