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Fall Guy: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series, 33)

by Archer Mayor

Series: Joe Gunther (33)

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In Archer Mayor's Fall Guy, a body found in the trunk of a stolen car leads Joe Gunther and his team to crucial evidence on an infamous unsolved case from years past...

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Unusually complex.intertwined investigation o multiple interconnected crimes from kidnapping and murder to burglary. ( )
  fwbl | Jan 13, 2023 |
A body in trunk, a flip phone, and more questions than answers
“Fall Guy” is book thirty-three in the “Joe Gunther Series.” Readers have grown to know and love the cast of character over the years, but new readers will be able to follow along as well. Any needed information about past events and complex relationships is smoothly folded into this book. Sensitive readers should know that one storyline involves sexually exploited and/or abused children. (No graphic passages or gruesome details)
Regular readers will find all the familiar characters, including Joe Gunther, Beverly Hillstrom, Lester Spinney, and Willy Kunkle. Gunther is currently the field force commander of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI), and he and his team are looking into the death of a thief who was found in the trunk of the car that he stole. This investigation leads to something darker, more elusive, and a lot more complicated. Something evil is going on, and nothing is at it appears to be. An old case makes an appearance in the form of a missing flip phone. There are false trails, people who are not who they seem to be, and more trouble to follow. The investigation is systematic, careful, and exhaustive.
Striking descriptions jump from the pages. There is ominousness to the region with its trees, craggy granite ledges, and Ashuelot River tumbles through the largely wild tangle. The moon robs everything it touches of color, leaving a black-and-white world; darkness approaches black hole status. Forested peaks are bigger, taller, steeper, and more threatening than Gunther’s familiar Green Mountains.
Mayor’s characters are the strength of the series. They are veterans of decades of police work and have been honed by experience. They are diverse, uncommon, and very likeable. They have feelings, flaws, quirks, and strengths; they are dedicated to finding the truth. The conversation-driven narrative is funny and casual, yet professional and focused when needed. The case is complicated; the characters are complex, and the solution is surprising.
I received a review copy of “Fall Guy” from Archer Mayor and Minotaur Books. (If readers want to see the “real life” locations such as the hills west of the Monadnock Speedway or Lake Runnemede, just go to Google Maps. They are all there.)
“Fall Guy” is now available in print, as an e-book, and on audio from independent bookstores, online booksellers, retail stores, public libraries and anywhere you get your books. ( )
  3no7 | Nov 19, 2022 |
Joe is called in to investigate a stolen car with a body in the trunk. The further he goes into the investigation the more twisted it becomes. Now, he is in the middle of an famous unsolved child abduction case.

I have not read any of this series and how I have missed it…I have no idea. It was a pretty dang good book. And I always love a quest. And this book is all about the quest to find the killer. I love Joe Gunter. He is smart and he has some pretty good side kick characters!

Ok y’all, this is number 33 in a series. So, once again, I ask, how many is too many? Inquiring minds want to know your thoughts!?!? I guess if the books keep selling just keep writing.

Need a good detective mystery novel…THIS IS IT!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Sep 27, 2022 |
law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation, theft, Vermont, procedural, jurisdiction, cold-case, internet-crimes, crime-fiction, mystery, New-Hampshire, Boston*****

What a convoluted and challenging mess this case turns out to be. Like a Hydra it keeps on creating new horrors as the head is cut off of each. The regular characters are great, the villains truly evil, and then there are the clueless. Then there is the inherent madness of two states worth of police plus our old frenemies, the FBI!
Another great read that kept me awake and reading far too late into the night!
I requested and received an advance reader e-book from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you! ( )
1 vote jetangen4571 | Sep 23, 2022 |
It's a common trope in police procedurals: committed cops are stymied by a terrible boss. But not in this series, which has developed an ensemble cast of detectives who work well together under the caring and smart leadership of an excellent manager. Seriously, a whole management book could be written based on the decisions Joe Gunther makes again and again to keep his diverse team working at its best.

In this case, a series of seemingly unrelated crimes surface when a body is found in the trunk of a stolen car. Why is the owner of the stolen car so dodgy? How did a phone belonging to a boy who went missing years ago end up in the car thief's possession? The more they dig, the more questions they have.

It's a busy plot with lots of angles to investigate but, as usual, Mayor keeps all the plates spinning while also taking readers on an insiders tour of Vermont and New Hampshire. The denouement is a doozy.
1 vote bfister | Sep 17, 2022 |
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