Trace: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #28) (Hardcover)

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In the latest installment in the Joe Gunther detective series, we find the Vermont Bureau of Investigation looking at three disparate cases involving domestic abuse, the death of a police officer, and three crushed teeth.  The seasoned officers, from the Brattleboro, Vermont office, run parallel investigations covering Vermont, Springfield, MA and Albany, NY.  Meanwhile, Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother, leaving his three key detectives to run their cases, mostly on their own.  Homeland Security and various police agencies become involved.  The author’s novels are among the finest crime fiction being written today.
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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.

About the Author

ARCHER MAYOR, in addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, is an investigator for the sheriff's department, the state medical examiner, and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.

Praise For…

"Trace is one of the best of a very fine series." —Booklist (starred review)

"Outstanding... Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives' special talents... in this welcome addition to the long-running series." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Excellent." —Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250113269
ISBN-10: 1250113261
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Joe Gunther Series