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Great characters, I hope to read more by this author. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Aug 7, 2017 |
Very slow in the middle. Good ending. ( )
  krystalsbooks | Sep 28, 2014 |
I'm bumping this up a star because he's a new author for me. It was a solid 3 star book with an interesting hero, a fat old cop who drives himself too hard. Good mystery & motives, neat methods, too. He must have some air time. Made me feel like I was in the cockpit during one memorable event. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
In Havill’s mystery novel, Bill Gastner is an undersheriff in Posadas County, New Mexico. When Ricky Fernandez and four other teens die in an unexplained car crash, Bill’s instincts kick into high gear as he realizes there is more here than meets the eye. Before long a bag of cocaine is discovered and the new sheriff—a very publicity hungry lawman—and an inexperienced undercover cop keep Bill hopping. As the pain of loss filters through the community, vigilantes step up to do the sheriff’s job costing them a vital lead. Racing against time, Bill pursues a murderer and his own obsession with the truth becomes his worst enemy.

A great addition to the A Posadas County Mystery series. ( )
  debbieaheaton | Jul 31, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book very much. The main character, which I'm sure reflects the author somewhat, is the type of guy I would love to sit and talk over coffee or a drink. He was down to earth. The story was captivating. I would definitely read from this author again. I like his style and feel for emotion. ( )
  mahree | Jul 25, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312054424, Hardcover)

.,."readers will enjoy this caper...and curmudgeonly charmer Gastner." -Publishers Weekly Posadas County, New Mexico has very few mean streets and no city-slick cop shop. But it has an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff-William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement-and doesn't want one, even if he's being nudged gently toward retirement. Then big time trouble strikes. A car full of teens, running from a stop by Deputy Torrez, goes airborne into a rocky outcrop, killing all five kids and revealing a package of cocaine under the seat. Has someone brought big-time crime to the county. Bill is now dealing with grieving parents-one of whom starts packing a gun. Then a second explosion of violence fells an undercover cop. Under pressure, the sheriff's department pulls together to make a formidable team. Its weak spot may be Bill whose mind is too tough to crumble but whose body, long mistreated, gradually succumbs to stress. Ignoring all advice-and sense-he pilots the case to a final dramatic, midair confrontation where the fate of the killer-and the cop-will be decided.... Steven F. Havill lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Kathleen, a writer and artist. A dedicated high school biology and English teacher by day, Havill earned both his B.A. and M.A. from the University of New Mexico. Heartshot is the first of 14 mysteries featuring Undersheriff Bill Gastner.

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Posadas County, New Mexico, hugging the San Cristobal mountains separating it from Mexico, has very few mean streets. No city-slick cop shop either, but an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff, William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, and the girth of his Sam Browne uniform belt, widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement--and doesn't want one, even if he's being nudged gently towards retirement. Then big time trouble strikes. A car full of teens out by the lake, running from a stop by Deputy Torrez, goes airborne into a rocky outcrop, killing all five kids and revealing a package under the seat. A stash of cocaine this size argues someone--or ones--has brought big time crime to the county. Were the dead kids merely innocent dupes? Partying that July Fourth night? Dealing? Searching for answers, Bill deploys his department while dealing with grieving parents, one of whom starts packing a gun. Then a second explosion of violence fells an undercover cop whose fate is decided in a tension-filled, brilliantly described, air ambulance flight. Under pressure, the sheriff's department shows its mettle and pulls together to make a formidable team. Its weak spot may be Bill whose mind is too tough to crumble but whose body, long mistreated, gradually succumbs to stress. Ignoring all advice--and sense--he pilots the case to a final dramatic, midair confrontation where the fate of the killer--and the cop--will be decided....… (more)

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