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Publisher's Summary

Over the years investigator Joe Gunther has battled drug pushers and corporate swindlers, grappled with environmental conspirators, and foiled gangs and home invaders. But while usually successful in his fight for the future of the small town of Brattleboro, Vermont, Gunther hasn't always come out on top.

Thirty years earlier, store owner Klaus Oberfeldt was robbed and beaten senseless. When Klaus died six months later, a case of assault and battery became first-degree murder. The guilty man eventually appeared to be a well-known, small-time crook, but enough time had elapsed for him to vanish. Gunther, distracted by his wife's losing struggle with cancer in the same hospital where Klaus was slipping from life, did something that would plague him for the rest of his career: He let the case go cold, burying it in the past along with his private sorrows.

Now serendipitously reopened, the Oberfeldt investigation forces Gunther to revisit ancient history and open old wounds. Torn between righting the past and confronting his demons, the veteran cop faces the most personal and dangerous case of his career. For somewhere on the idyllic Brattleboro streets stalks a long-lost murderer who never quite disappeared - and with Joe's renewed interest, now has good reason to kill again.

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

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always excellent entertainment

I do love Mayor's books. they have solid themes and excellent plots. the only place I have a little problem is with the multitude of characters. I'm really glad he keeps a base of characters, but if you take breaks from the book, you do tend to forget who's what and where. His books dig deeply into the American psyche. I love the fact that he keeps the books in the same geographical location and in Vermont you can reach a lot of different states with a short car trip. A great entertaining read and I do love listening to them on audible

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Rather less engaging than Mr. Mayor's usual plot.

I'm afraid I found this book a bit tedious. Although shorter than many of his other books, it seemed far more drawn-out. The plot simply wasn't very interesting.

The on again off again relationship between Gunther and Zigman added to the tedium.

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Joe has to face his past

Another great book in the Joe Gunther series!! This time Joe has to face his past, when he had to watch his wife pass away from cancer and he let a case go cold. In this book the case comes back front and center when the gun used in a crime is tied to an armed robbery decades ago. I highly recommend this audiobook

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good installment

I have listened to many of the Joe Gunther mysteries. This one was very good. Joe is working a cold case that has haunted him for years. enjoyed it

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What a waste of time.

Pass this one up. Unless you like monotone reading about a story line with few points of interest zero character building, even less narration in character. Come on Archer give us the goods or get out.

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Real, character driven and understated

Mayor’s books have been one of the best surprise finds in the catalog of newly included titles for members. They are pulp fiction with genuine insight into relationship, human fallibility and the oddness of circumstance. There is action and plot but without becoming to much like a comic book. Very enjoyable!

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Back to what first attracted me

I wasn’t as fond of the last two books in the series - this one had more the feeling of earlier books and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Less trying to make a statement about other issues and more about the case