Borderlines (Joe Gunther Series #2)

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The second novel in the Joe Gunther re-release promotion finds Gunther in Gannet, Vermont. The quiet town is rocked by violence and murder when five members of a back-to-nature cult die in a suspicious fire.
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The second novel in the Joe Gunther re-release promotion finds Gunther in Gannet, Vermont. The quiet town is rocked by violence and murder when five members of a back-to-nature cult die in a suspicious fire.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sophisticated mystery, Lieutenant Joe Gunther, acting chief of the Brattleboro, Vt., police department, makes his second appearance; the first was in Mayor's superlative Open Season. Seeking a rest from his stressful job, Gunther procures a temporary assignment to Gannet, Vt., the site of his boyhood summer vacations. The tone of his tenure is set when a suspicious fire claims five lives. The dead are all members of the Natural Order, a mysterious back-to-nature cult that has created dissension in the economically depressed town by buying up much of its property. Gunther, who is nearly killed in the fire, becomes a member of the team investigating its cause. Then another corpse is found. The victim, stabbed to death, was searching for his daughter, a cult member. Gunther begins to question his professionalism once he realizes that the prime suspect in these killings is his best friend. The situation is further complicated by the refusal of the Order members to cooperate with the police and by the townspeople's growing distrust of Gunther. After another gory murder is committed, Gunther follows his instincts with near-fatal results. He learns that the Gannet of his boyhood happiness is gone--maybe forever. Mayor's polished sentences and adroit deductive reasoning add depth and style. (Oct.)
Marilyn Stasio
Invigorating...Mr. Mayor has an astonishing control of his craft. -- New York Times
Marilyn Stasio
Mr. Mayor writes invigorating outdoor action scenes, and his authoritative handling of forensic procedures has us marveling at his thorough knowledge of knife wounds and body burns. The formal beauty of this ugly detail is matched in tone by the crisp dialogue and tense confrontations he writes for characters who don't care to waste words or squander emotions. For a writer so new at this game, Mr. Mayor has astonishing control of his craft.
Charles Champlin
Mayor catches the sights and the feel of the place, the leaf-smoke tang and the dank chill of the deepening fall, the fears and tensions of a place in trouble. His book is a regional novel, a character study, a police procedural, and with it all, persuasive proof that Mayor's debut was a real beginning, not beginner's luck.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399135538
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Series: Joe Gunther Series , #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Over the years, Archer Mayor has been photographer, teacher, historian, scholarly editor, feature writer, travel writer, lab technician, political advance man, medical illustrator, newspaper writer, history researcher, publications consultant, constable, and EMT/firefighter. He is also half Argentine, speaks two languages, and has lived in several countries on two continents.

All of which makes makes him restless, curious, unemployable, or all three. Whatever he is, it’s clearly not cured, since he’s currently a novelist, a death investigator for Vermont’s medical examiner, and a police officer.

Mayor has been producing the Joe Gunther novels since 1988, some of which have made the “ten best” or “most notable” lists of the Los Angeles and the New York Times. In 2004 Mayor received the New England Booksellers Association book award for fiction.

Find him on the web at www.ArcherMayor.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    That does it!

    It's official...I'm "hooked" on the Joe Gunther mystery series. While you can tell they were written some time ago (no cell phones or other technology) it's actually refreshing and makes for a better story. Very human characters and good stories. I recommend these, if you like a good cop who-dun-it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

    Great Series - if you like good mysteries!

    A friend lent us one of the later books to read and return to her. We are now hooked on the series. The author knows what he is talking about since he is a medical examiner and death investigator. I'm reading book #4 now and my wife is on book #2. Great buy on the Nook too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Good Mystery

    I really enjoyed this book, just like Archer Mayor's first book. Joe Gunther is a very likeable character that seems genuinely real, with faults and good qualities. The other characters are well fleshed out and equally believable. The dialogue is also authentic, not stilted or too elaborate. In this series, I am reminded that ordinary people can have complex lives and personalities, making even a small, laid back community very interesting and potentially filled with drama. I plan to continue reading the Joe Gunther series in order with full confidence that the author will deliver an excellent story. BTW, I would love to find a man like Joe G. in my real life - he is that appealing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Outstanding story about very interesting people

    Joe Gunther is a Vermont cop, but a very empathetic one, and Archer Mayor is an author well equipped to tell his stories, involving us to the extent that we too are Vermonters. I plan to read the whole series now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    exciting

    This is the second of the Joe Gunther series that I have read, having started with #1. These books are very colorful, painting pictures of Vermont, its locales and weather.

    These books are exciting and keep my interest, and always keep me guessing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Good Book

    Book is a little dated now, but is good as part of the intoduction to Joe Gunther.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Recommend

    This is the 3rd Mayor book I have read and I have enjoyed all 3

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I'm happy to be continuing the journey with Joe. I love him and

    I'm happy to be continuing the journey with Joe. I love him and his group of locals! Great descriptions and local character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

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    A good read

    After reading the first book in the Joe Gunther series I wondered how well this setting could be used for a series of books. Much like the Jack Reacher series that I enjoy you begin to wonder about the believability of all thing happening to one person or in one town. The author has been good at shifting locations and adding to the cast of characters in a believable manner.

    I found this series to be a good and enjoyable read with plausible characters and story lines. I am on #6 now and have enjoyed them all to date.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Highly recommended

    One of the great mystery writers. Good plots, move along, love the characters. Will read in one sitting. Joe Gunther, one of my favorite people in the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    Great Thrilled

    This is a really good book. It's fast paced, action packed, the perfect mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Riverclan borders

    Leader: none yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    SteelRevenge

    "You have our word. Potion will be coming with her kits as well. I do not know about Blockade or Mischeif....we will see." they raced back [ok]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Great yarn

    But what became of you know who? Some please tell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Blazeclan Border! Rocky Slopes!

    You are walking down the path when a large boulder loses its place and starts to fall right at the border patrol! (No one shall be killed here.)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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