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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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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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Gunther?

I've been binging this series, and have loved the writing, the characters, and Mr. Taylorson's masterful voice, but the last 2 books have shifted the feel tremendously. They dont feel like Gunther stories, merely procedural, with familiar characters. Don't get me wrong, this book was great, the story kept me in throughout, but I miss Gunther's presence. I know the style shifted, but I'm hoping Gunther is more involved in the coming books..

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Love how Sammy took the wheel

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, I love how Sammy just took control and got herself into the position needed for the VBI to bring something to the table. This book also goes to show it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from drugs can creep up on you. Weather Gail’s niece or Spinny’s son, no one is immune. With Willy on the back burner for this book he still popped up when he was needed like a regular superhero! Another enjoyable Joe Gunther book..... Question now is where will Gail go from here? After her nieces overdose and Gail feeling like it was her fault she is thinking of running for an office that can really help the addict out! Only question is what office will she run for?

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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.