• Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,608 ratings)

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Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

By: Archer Mayor
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
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Publisher's Summary

When Gail Zigman, town selectwoman and Joe Gunther's companion of many years, is raped, Gunther finds himself caught between the media, local politicians, and a network of well-meaning victims' rights advocates as he tries to put his own feelings aside and follow a trail of evidence. Every lead points to a single obvious suspect, but is the evidence too perfect?

Risking his friendship with Gail, the respect of his peers, and his own life, Lieutenant Gunther keeps digging, hoping to find out if the man they have in jail is rightly there or if the evidence against him is tainted - what police call "fruits of the poisonous tree".

©2016 Archer Mayor (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Best One Yet😀

The author tackles a very poignant subject with Thought-provoking Tenderness and Respect. He brings his characters along a tricky path that educates the reader to a degree as the characters grapple with situations. The author thoughtfully showed Many facets of the subject that are oftentimes neglected, or presented to a lesser degree than the main focus is traditionally shown(particularly Joe's point of view.. and also that of other secondary characters)

On a personal note, I found myself having to pause from time to time to digest the information... sometimes drying tears.
So far, my Favorite in the Series 😀

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My new "favorite" mystery series!

Where does Fruits of the Poisonous Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've been looking for over a year for a "new" mystery series and finally I have found Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series. I love the Joe Gunther character as well as the stories. So many mystery series are outlandish or horrific things are added in for ""shock" value. The Joe Gunther books are just great mystery stories.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Mayor's stories always have a great plot twist near the end and this one does not disappoint. I've listened to five Joe Gunther books in a row and I have not been disappointed by a single one. This story was particularly "edgy" because I care about the characters of Joe and Gail and I worried how they would move on together after the rape. The "frame" of the wrong man and Joe's determination to get to the truth definitely kept me reading / listening.

Which character – as performed by Tom Taylorson – was your favorite?

For me, Tom Taylorson is the voice of Joe Gunther. His voice is Joe's voice. I have never liked it when narrators change in a series.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No movie could do justice to this story!

Any additional comments?

I'm so happy I found this new mystery series and that I can share it with my mom who is also enjoying it.

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good plot, one of his best

the premise here was really solid and sympathic. everything went well in terms of plot and character development until the end when as always the radio gives out and our hero is without backup.

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Joe Gunther Bk 5

I was new to Joe Gunther mysteries //Archer Mayor and began listening with book 1. I was captivated by the character building of all the individuals in the series. I almost feel like I know each of their doppelgangers in my own life. As I was saying I began with book 1 and became so entrenched in the Joe Gunther mysteries I binged listened to all 32 books with fascination, escape, and enjoyment. I love the less than perfect characters, the thought processes each character manipulates and how each struggle with mental demons (some more than others) that make them real and come to life. I am also really impressed that not one of Mr Mayor’s stories (of all 32 books) repeat themselves in story line which is a impressive feat. My only disappointment is the next book isn’t out until Sept 2022.

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Good story

I really like the story but it could be shorter.
Goes off on too many non essential details

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meh

meh -- previous novels were solid with decent character development. This one just.....drags....and drags....and drags.

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Gunther is incompetent in this

Normally I like Archer Mayor but this one was a POS. Unbelievable. Characters can’t be this incompetent all the time.

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Gail and Joe’s journey

This is one of the best Joe Gunther books I have listened to yet, and I have listened to a lot of them back to back. This is the only one that doesn’t include a dead body, but it brings up rape and what it can do to a woman and those that care about her. What happens when you peg the wrong man for the rape? Especially during and election year? What happens when that wrong man things his life if over as he knows it and goes after Joe? Will Joe recover enough to make it back to work? Will the rape of Gail be the end of the road for Joe and Gail? This book has lots of twists and turns and keeps you on your toes.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great audiobook to listen to or a first time listener. This will have them hooked on audiobooks for life

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My kind of mystery

A true whodunit. What a ride!! Narrator keeps you interested. Will read him again. I really enjoyed this story.

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Sublime

this is a phenomenal book it is worth both your time and your resources. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Ian
  • 11-27-22

never dissapionted

ever one of these books is intelligently written well informed and well read. I'm delighted to find how many there are because I'm flying through the lot,,!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-22

Marvellous!!!

Enjoyed it!!! Marvelous Plot with major twist along the way, culmulating in a daredevil ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-22

5th and best so far

Another great story that moves along so well. Plenty of twists and turns and very well thought out ideas. Gunter really comes alive in this book and you get something more complex than the last 4 books.

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  • Rosaleen
  • 05-30-22

Another good story

I am listening to the series in order and really enjoyed this book. The reading is great and I like Joe - and Gail - but they are characters of their time (30 years ago). I agree with one other reviewer that Gail needs a bit of a “boost” as her character seems a bit meh by today’s standards.
Overall the series is really enjoyable and I look forward to spending more time travelling back in time to rural Vermont and trying to solve the puzzles. Thank you Archer Mayor.

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  • djmp
  • 04-14-22

Thought provoking

There is an obvious weakness in the story which stops a top rating - smell

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  • daniel shaw
  • 03-15-22

another brilliant book

having listened to many crime novels and in this series of novels I find story's are gripping and you also find yourself trying to solve the crimes yourself ,in which that makes you want to listen so much more ,if you find this series of books I highly recommend them ,, myself being dyslexic ,I would find it hard to read but thank God for this platform and thank you to the author brilliant work ,,

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  • MCTUCKETER
  • 03-13-22

My second Archer Mayer looking forward to no. 3!

Archer Mayer is my latest discovery, Joe Gunther is brilliantly read by Tom Taylorson, the plot intriguing, the prose excellent. Gail on the other hand needs a revamp I'm sorry to say, she sounds like a chain smoking 95 year old with a grating personality

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  • Fee
  • 01-22-20

Best so far.

For me, these just keep getting better. I still don’t listen to the authors notes at the beginning and there was still an abrupt ending but this time it was apt.