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Fruits of the Poisonous Tree by Archer Mayor

Fruits of the Poisonous Tree (1994)

by Archer Mayor

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In this adventure of Brattleboro, Vermont's chief of detectives, Joe Gunther's girl friend is raped. If that sounds distasteful, it is. Despite that, Gunther does have to solve a surprisingly convoluted mystery and survive a vicious physical attack. And again, the appeal of the series comes from Mayor's very precise descriptions of the human and physical - and, this time also, the political setting of his stories. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | May 17, 2015 |
Detective Joe Gunther's lover is raped in her home, and she both wants Gunther to help solve the mystery, and needs space from him as she processes what has happened. Of course sexual assault is a painful subject, and hard to read any way other than seriously. That's at odds with the usual mode of this series, where violent deaths are necessarily and unrealistically common, and therefore hard to take seriously. It seemed to me that Archer Mayor handles the topic with sensitivity but also with an edge. In one memorable scene, powerful but not necessary for the unfolding of the plot, Gunther overhears callous man-in-the-street comments about a survivor of assault. Reading that provoked genuine anger. But, that aspect of the book combines uneasily with the Mayor's trademark convoluted plot, red herrings, and bloody climax. ( )
  bezoar44 | Apr 20, 2015 |
This is a goodie, involving a brutal rape, a search for the perpetrator, and, of course, the twist. I caught the slightly unnecessary bit of information near the beginning of the book, and the one question no one thought to ask the victim (before Joe realized it was critical), but that just added to my pleasure. ( )
  ffortsa | Apr 9, 2015 |
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In Vermont, Lieutenant Joe Gunther seeks the rapist of his girlfriend, who was attacked shortly after Gunther left her bed. All the signs point to a local drunk who has raped before, but precisely because everything is so obvious, Gunther suspects a copycat. By the author of Borderlines.… (more)

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