• The Surrogate Thief

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 15
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,040 ratings)

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By: Archer Mayor
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
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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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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

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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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Loved this book!

Very good story with great characters in a fast paced story. Thanks for a great listen!

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listening to the whole series, but...

Lordy, I get tired of the geographical & topographical descriptions, historical background with sociological/political diatribe, & architectural rambling details repeatedly interrupting the flow of the plot. Reminiscent of Tolkein and Auel, describing en minutia the highways, alleyways, dregs of humanity,and flora/fauna. it makes me zone out. There are a lot of repeated details, as well. Remove these, and the books would be half as long. lol

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Probably one of my favorites

I’ve been listening to all the Joe Gunther books in order. I liked how the story came together and the additional background on Joe’s life. The performance was spot on as always.

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wonderful!

I can't say enough about this series and just how fantastic it is. I love Joe Gunther and Tom Taylorson as narrator just makes it oh so perfect. Excellent mystery with extraordinary story telling.

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One of the Best

I am in the middle of listening to the entire Joe Gunther series. They are all good quality more or less but I know I should take time to note the difference and this one was particularly good !!!

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  • 10-11-22

Great Listen

Back to Joe as the main character really works again. This is a much better book than the last. It isn't gripping but it is an interesting build up on a cold case. Joe and the team don't develop anymore as characters but that doesn't matter as the story is a good one.

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  • Oliver
  • 10-02-22

One of my favourites

I don't think anyone would get this far into a series if they could pick holes in any part of the production. For some reason I found this to be one of my favourite Joe Gunther stories to date.

I find Taylorson's narration of Gunther in particular, just spot on. He's becoming like an old friend.

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  • gingertoots
  • 07-13-22

This book has been incorrectly uploaded

This book has been incorrectly uploaded by audible. Charters 10-ish through 18-ish are a duplicate of earlier chapters. I scrolled through them so I could get to the “who done it” Disappointing experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-22

As always

loved it as always great story expertly read x x x x x x x

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  • catherine hiley
  • 06-13-22

Not the usual story

I found this case to be a detour off the normal big gang/crime syndicate track no saving the world for a change but an enjoyable procedural no long chases or showdowns in disused buildings and no visits to casualty either. By the way how old is Joe ? Didn’t he fight in Korea

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-21

Very depressing book

I almost didn’t continue with this book as right from the start Jo is wallowing in depression and self pity. But as the two previous books had been so good I continued. I like the other characters Lester, Willie, Sam and the forensic team are still working hard without much appreciation from their boss, I wanted to know the outcome. Despite always managing to get potential witnesses killed as he always does (don’t know why he doesn’t get Willie to shadow him on these visits) then they could prevent these murders. I do give Jo credit for being his persistent dogged self to find the evidence he thinks is there, although you might die of old age waiting for him to find it. I am not unsympathetic to his grief at the loss of his wife. I am a cancer patient myself and it changes the lives of all those around me. Maybe Jo just needs to go home shut himself off from the world and get on with his wood work whilst living on junk food. Wonder what next book will bring.