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Joe Gunther, a Brattleboro, Vermont cop, is the head of the new Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI), a joint task force charged with statewide responsibility for major crimes. In The Marble Mask, the VBI's first case takes the force north to Stowe, where a 50-year-old corpse has turned up in a crevasse on Mt. Mansfield. Some of the more interesting minor characters in author Archer Mayor's long-running series about the amiable elder sleuth make return appearances here as Joe's teammates - like one-armed Willy, a former wife-beater who's now playing footsie with Sammie Martens, one of Joe's favorite colleagues.

When the frozen stiff turns out to have been a big-time Canadian crime boss named Jean Deschamps who disappeared after World War II, Joe and his gang cross the border to work with the Mounties, the Surete, and the local cops in Sherbrooke, where Deschamps' son Marcel is involved in a turf war with the Hell's Angels and a rival gang of thugs. Old secrets and intrigues come to light while an intricate plan to frame a dying man for a half-century-old crime forms an interesting puzzle that's not fully revealed until the very end.

©2013 Archer Mayor (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The great Tom T.

What a great performance by Mr. Taylorson! The subtle nuances in voice change make listening to this collection a wonderful experience. Mr. Mayor's writing of these characters is masterful and further embellished by Tom's understanding of their voice.

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A First Class Thriller

Narrated leisurely by Tom Taylorson, Archer Mayer's "The Marble Mask" will take you through a mind bending path, humourous, enthralling, full of suspense, and finally comes together beautifully.

The 11th is a series, will cajole you to listen to the rest.

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Really enjoy the characters

As the books progress the character development gets better and better. I love the good but flawed people fighting for justice in a world that can be stacked against law enforcement. I will continue with this series.

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An intricare WWII historical detective story work-

an intricare WWII historical detective story worked through by bJoe Gunther, Willy, Sammi and the new VBI team

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Not good

Sadly I returned, so I don’t know what happened because I just couldn’t care, I don’t want history or geography lessons, I don’t need them. Very disappointing.