• The Sniper's Wife

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 13
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,099 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The harrowing call comes from the NYPD: Willy's ex-wife Mary has been found dead in her Lower East Side apartment, and Willy is asked to identify the body.

Torn from his beloved Vermont, Willy returns to the city of his hard-drinking youth with misgivings that deepen when he sees Mary's sad corpse on a gurney. Because of a fresh puncture mark in her arm, the police think she overdosed. But Willy has doubts.

Driven by loss and guilt, Willy searches deeper and deeper into his past, to a long-ago Vietnam where he was a merciless loner known as the Sniper. Soon he will answer for his old sins....and live up to his chilling nickname.

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

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Just ok

I have listened to all the Joe Gunther books in order and this one felt different. The reading had a different tone, had to check to make sure was the same narrator. This book seems clunky and the reading not nearly as fluid. Was not as easy a listen as the others. Still finished it and didn’t hate it, but not as good as previous books in this series.

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exceptional

I am entirely hooked on this author and this series. One of the major reasons for my addiction is the sublime narrator who can produce the voice of a woman the voice of a man the voice of an adult the voice of a child an unbelievable variety of sounds and voices. Extraordinary and amazing

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Little long in developing

I’ve truly loved this series - this book took a little long in developing but really picked up abou half way through.

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He's no Bosch

I never got hooked by this character or storyline. The main character is a broody damaged yet well loved guy who is mostly behaving impulsively or barely stopping himself from doing so. His actions have consequences to which he is oblivious until it's too late even though he spends a lot of time wrestling with exactly those demons from many older actions with consequencs. I was bored by this. Will some people never learn? Inot, how does he still have any friends? I couldn't see it.
The narrator was ok but just. He sometimes sounded like Michael Douglas and then not, in the same sentence. His female characters all sounded very similar, speaking rapidly. I would recommend Michale Connelly's Bosch series.

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a different kind of Joe Gunther story

Written as a story about Willie Kunkle, this text offers readers a break from Brattelboro and more in depth character development of the bristly one armed detective Willie Kunkle. I enjoyed it.

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10 Stars for Story

One Arm Willie went totally rogue in this story him all seemed to be 2 steps ahead of Joe and the NYPD. Willie even went jail!!!! This is my favorite book now in the series.

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What a story!

nail biting, on the edge of my seat and giving directions the entire time. Totally involving. no just sitting back to listen on this one. so many odd twists and turns. snipers wife - even liked the name once I heard the reason. excellent story!!

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This is my favorite in the series so far

While full of the same clichés, I just have a soft spot for Kunkle and I enjoyed a little change in perspective that this book brought.

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Willie's story

I've enjoyed all of the Joe Gunther books so far but this one my favorite by far. Willie is my favorite character and have the chance to learn about him more was great.

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Great new plan

Enjoyed that it was mainly about Willie this time. Compelling story line and the usual action.

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  • Pat
  • 09-10-21

excellent narrator

I don't enjoy each Joe Gunther book equally but I do really enjoy the narration. I am quite addicted to Tom Taylorson's voice.
So I will continue with the series.

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  • jd 65
  • 08-10-22

Very enjoyable read

I've read all the books in order up to this one. Found all to have a good story, but as a Brit I find the politics surrounding some of the stories a little much and tended to switch off a bit. This book was just about the story and so much more enjoyable. The main character of the book is an interesting guy and it was good to see a glimpse into his past and why he is this type of man.

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  • John O'Hara
  • 04-25-22

Willie Kunkel... Take a bow

An absolutely fantastic book. Probably the best in the series so far. A side step into Willie Kunkels world, the true underdog and anti hero. I was gripped from start to finish and actually really sorry that it's finished. Really well narrated by Tom Taylorson as usual. Thank you.

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  • Pazzer
  • 02-02-22

Willy is everywhere

Story and narration are great, however I’m not sure Willy is the best name for a lead character…I mean, with people being slapped by Willy and surprised by Willy and grabbing Willy…