Dead Weight (Bill Gastner #8)

Dead Weight (Bill Gastner #8)

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by Steven F Havill
     
 

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A well-seasoned sixty-nine, Sheriff Bill Gastner knows his Posadas, New Mexico, territory as well as he understands the foibles of the human condition. So when a backhoe crushes a man to death, it’s more instinct than fact that leaves him feeling there’s more to this “accident” than meets the eye.
Adding to his problems, anonymous letters…  See more details below

Overview

A well-seasoned sixty-nine, Sheriff Bill Gastner knows his Posadas, New Mexico, territory as well as he understands the foibles of the human condition. So when a backhoe crushes a man to death, it’s more instinct than fact that leaves him feeling there’s more to this “accident” than meets the eye.
Adding to his problems, anonymous letters charging his best deputy, Tom Pasquale, with hustling Mexican nationals for cash are being dispatched around town. Gastner takes this one personally; he’s fond of his deputy, but he does want the truth. He also knows it’s an election year and dirty politics can happen anywhere. So can murder.
Soon he’s got not just one, but two dead bodies. And a strong desire to make sure that when he does retire, it’s not by way of a well-aimed bullet....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615950775
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
05/27/2011
Series:
Bill Gastner Mysteries , #8
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
128,214
File size:
615 KB

Meet the Author

Steven F. Havill lives with his wife of more than forty years, Kathleen, in Ratón, New Mexico. He is the author of more than twenty novels set in the American west, taught secondary schools for 25 years, and recently earned a degree in gunsmithing.

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Dead Weight (Undersheriff Bill Gastner Series #9) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is as GREAT as the 1st 7, that I have been reading non-stop ever since I descovered them a few weeks ago. I can't wait to get back to it...R A D A R...04-18-2015...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Steve Havill. Enjoyed the story and how new characters are developed so there is always a freshness to the storyline.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Bill Gastner has been part of Posedas County, New Mexico for his entire life and part of the sheriff¿s department since 1966. Now a septuagenarian, Bill nears retirement waiting for the upcoming election to select his replacement.

However, instead of gracefully fading into the background, Bill finds one of the most difficult cases of his illustrious career dumped on his lap. An internal investigation of a member of his staff, Deputy Tom Pasquale is accused of more than just destroying the rental property he leases. Apparently, the county commissioners have received a note from a concerned citizen claiming that Pasquale has hit on Mexican nationals for $100 every time he stops them.

Bill also has a potential homicide to deal to investigate. One of the battling Sissons, stars of the local family fight scene dubbed the ¿Jim and Grace¿ show, died in an apparent misfortune. Did Grace finally kill Jim or did a grotesque accident really occur?

The latest release in Steven F. Havill¿s great police procedural, DEAD WEIGHT, is another superb entry in the Sheriff Gastner collection. The two prime inquiries are fully developed because the charcaters seem more like flesh and blood than part of a novel, even for someone reading their first book in the series. The story line centers on the residents of the county and the surrounding landscape, although the police investigations are in full bloom. Anyone who wants a cerebral character-based plot, the Gastner novels, in which the first few are being reprinted, is must reading.

Harriet Klausner

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