By Archer Mayor
Fascinating plots, complicated characters, and a panorama come to lifestyles are mainstays of Archer Mayor's New England thrillers. With a present for bright writing, he has made "an honorable artwork type of the local mystery," in keeping with the New York instances booklet Review. Now in a suspenseful new novel, Mayor's renowned sleuth Joe Gunther faces essentially the most baffling circumstances of his career.
A legend between Vermont police officers, Joe Gunther has solved extra neighborhood whodunits than an entire squad of detectives. yet his most recent case takes him and his crew off their Brattleboro domestic turf, forty-two miles west, to chip-on-its-shoulder, blue-collar Bennington.
On the sting of city, Gunther encounters the dead physique of Michelle Fisher. Her corpse, light and possible at peace, bargains him no clues approximately who she used to be or how she died. There are not any indicators of violence, no ailment. Snapshots and postcards exhibit a lady who laughed demanding and lived more durable. but diaries display a rootless existence marred via melancholy and drink. Suicide turns out an inexpensive end, yet Gunther suspects foul play. the home is on the market, finally, and Michelle was once its simply tenant-one who resisted all efforts to have her evicted. The unsavory landlord is a major suspect, yet is appropriately outfitted with an impressively air-tight alibi.
Now to discover the reality concerning the destiny of this discarded, all yet forgotten lady, Gunther needs to stick to a complicated path of part leads and mounting crimes. He attracts with reference to a violent and careless trio of criminals, whose chief is hell-bent on making the profession flow of a lifetime-and prepared to step on someone who may perhaps get in his method.
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He writes beautifully, though, and ghosts appellate briefs for a number of lawyers in Blackwell County. Frank D’Angelo, a transplanted Yankee who couldn’t get into law school up North, knows a lot of bankruptcy, so he will come in handy, too. m. I’m the newest tenant of the Layman Building, and with the help of a janitor I possess some temporary office furniture. And by this time tomorrow I’ll have a telephone and my name on the directory. Now, if I can just acquire more than one client…. Granted, my office looks like Goodwill South, but it will keep until I can drive around this weekend to some secondhand furniture stores.
Martha Birford, who shares with me here an employment anniversary date, arrives outside Oscar Mays’s office at the same time, and we go in together. She has a piece of the Davis case, too. We both like Oscar better than Chip Burton. It is no secret that Oscar was responsible for hiring us, for one thing, but also he is genuinely a nice man. He is in his sixties and seems ready to retire, but for some reason he won’t or can’t. If his office is any indication, he can afford it. He has a fireplace, an antique walnut desk I’d like to steal if I could figure out a way to get it through the door, and works of unknown (to me) Southern artists, who, according to Martha (incongruously, an art history major in college), for the moment are quite popular.
But Dan’s most precious memory of the period is a mental postcard of two giant breasts. Yet I must have drooled over the same issues of Playboy. ” I laugh, knowing I like him because I doubt he has censored a single thought since the day he got married. An hour before his wedding (a humongous affair with a catered outdoor reception at the Arts Center), he knew he was making a horrible mistake. “Brenda could handle the fact that her husband-to-be had an emotional age of fifteen,” he told me once after work over a couple of beers, “but when she discovered afterward I really was only two, it freaked her.
The Second Mouse (Joe Gunther, Book 17) by Archer Mayor