• Gatekeeper

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (915 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When, in the course of a week, a young heroin addict is gunned down while trying to rob a convenience store, a narcotics dealer is found hanging from a bridge, and the granddaughter of a political bigwig dies of an overdose, Vermont detective Joe Gunther vows to stop the flow of drugs into his beloved state.

©2018 Archer Mayor (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Kind of boring - not the usual Mayor offering

I like Mayor's mysteries and enjoy them enough that I occasionally re-read them. That's not going to happen with t his one. Too bad, I like the characters and usually the situations, but I think he just phoned this one in. The reader is, as usual, just fine.

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Disappointed with the ending

Why did Mayor just let Manuel Ruiz, the drug gangster/murderer get away? Simply having Joe Gunther expressing disappointment at not getting the case wrapped with arrests and convictions was totally unsatisfactory.
Almost don’t feel like listening to next book in the series.

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Story prematurely ends

Felt like the writer started out strong and then was like oh crap how do I solve this problem I created for the characters so he just ends it with some giant leaps of insight. Poorest of the joe Gunther books so far

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How many separate plots can Mayor put in one book?

This is the first Joe Gunther book that I will NOT be listening to again. The story started well, but soon evolved into a bunch of barely connected sub-plots that got hung out to dry. Is every cop in Vermont going to get fired for malfeasance or maybe just plain stupidity all at once? Sammi should be in trouble for jumping the gun with virtually no undercover experience to start. Joe should have been researching the case better. Maybe if Spinney hadn't been out worrying about his son, he could have done some research. Willie steps in and out of the story at will UNTIL the end when he could have saved the day (maybe just distracting Ruiz while Sammi got her head straight and found a baseball bat or a frying pan), but no. And Gail. OMG, Gail. Somebody get that woman a job in another non-Gunther novel so we can be spared her high-handed attitude and so Joe can just be relieved he doesn't have to tiptoe around her causes any more while trying to guess what her job-of- the-month will be next.

I hope the next installment of this series is better...or at least more focused.

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I like these books less and less all the time

really stupid plot, as if anyone would let an officer set up a complex undercover sting on their own. Also hated the Gail subplot, was actually happy she got used. Apparently the woman is never happy. can't understand how Joe can pander to her the way he does. I keep hoping each book will be the last of her. I skipped the last hour and half, unable to take it.

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Great detective series!!

I am a huge fan of this series. Each book contains a very different case and themes. Some consistent characters and some new ones in each. Love the narration.

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Awesome

Love this series of audible books!!! Cant stop listening!!! ❤️thank you me. Archer!! Your amazing

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Poorly conceived

Found the story not believable. Am also not liking the voices given by the narrator to the different characters. I've listened to many books in this series, will give it another shot, hope there's improvement. Three stars was generous.

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I finally stopped reading this series

I couldn’t finish this book. I have tried to keep
With this series, however each book is the same premise. All of the characters continue to make monumentally stupid decisions, damn near get killed and everything wraps up good at the end. Very frustrating.

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Joe Gunther Bk 14

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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  • 12-14-21

Nice change with Sami in the lead.

I liked this book both it and The Snipers Wife moved Jo back and passed the baton to his two lead detectives…..much better at his age especially as he is so morose.

Good to get to know more about other members of the team, I still don’t think the new Federal Agents thing is really gelling. It’s more political and less about fighting street crime

But I will keep going with the series, live in hope that Jo will retire and Gail will move away and become a Politician.



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  • Fee
  • 02-16-20

Hmm!

It’s not that the story is bad, it was fine but they are becoming tiresome. It’s more like a weekly TV drama than a book series.

Again, Joe and Gails “relationship”, is just tedious!

The stories in the books are, to me, completely separate from the characters, these books span years but there’s no dimension or growth in their characters. The way they behave is so gung ho and yet they’ve been in these professional roles for years, supposedly.

Yes, I know it’s fiction but it still has to make sense.

It’s fine to concentrate on the crime and I really don’t need to know about their personal lives but if all the adolescent insecurities are raised in every single book, which they are, then the relationships do need some depth to give us some insight. Otherwise we’re just listening to the pointless, endless moans of characters, and really as that’s all that ALL the “relationships“ represent then leave them out and concentrate just on the crimes.

I think this is my last Joe Gunther.