The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother.
Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case. The victim is a young woman, the roommate of the daughter of Medical Examiner Beverly Hillstrom. A recent transplant from Albany, New York, Sammie must find out what put a hit man on the trail of this seemingly innocent young woman.
Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, a double murder where a state trooper and a motorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Or so it has seemed for years. When Lester is told that the motorist’s fingerprints were planted on the gun he’s supposed to have fired, it opens the question—who really killed the state trooper?
Willy Kunkle’s case starts with a child's discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment.
In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today.
Bestseller Mayor's outstanding 28th Joe Gunther novel (after 2016's Presumption of Guilt) takes the field force commander of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation almost completely out of the picture while spotlighting the work of three subordinates in three separate cases. First, VBI agent Lester Spinney reexamines a closed case, in which a state trooper and motorist killed each other in a shoot-out, after a forensic scientist uncovers a disturbing anomaly in the evidence. Second, a Windsor policeman calls in cop Willy Kunkle after a girl discovers three bloodstained teeth on a stretch of railroad tracks. Third, Samantha Martens, who lives with Willy and their child, investigates the murder of Gunther's romantic partner's daughter's roommate. Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives' special talents Spinney's patience and doggedness, Kunkle's unorthodox but effective rule-bending, and Martens's bravery and resourcefulness in this welcome addition to the long-running series.
Might be the best one yet
I have read the entire Joe Gunther series, and this one was as good or better than any! Character development, 3 storylines at one time and the ease of which Joe was inserted back into the story was amazing! Mayor continues to develop Willy as well as the major characters. You can feel them becoming more of a family in every book
I absolutely love this series. Set in Vermont, my home state, I can visualize the area and follow the comings and goings of these cases. Could not put it down.