Fruits of the Poisonous Tree (Joe Gunther Series #5)

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Gail Zigman, town selectwoman and Joe Gunther's companion of many years, is raped, and the detective finds himself caught between the media, local politicians, and a network of well-meaning victims' rights advocates as he tries to put his own feelings aside and follow the trail of evidence. Every lead seems to point to a single, obvious suspect, but is the evidence too perfect? Risking his friendship with Gail, the respect of his peers, and his own life, Lt. Gunther keeps digging, hoping to find out if the man ...

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Overview

Gail Zigman, town selectwoman and Joe Gunther's companion of many years, is raped, and the detective finds himself caught between the media, local politicians, and a network of well-meaning victims' rights advocates as he tries to put his own feelings aside and follow the trail of evidence. Every lead seems to point to a single, obvious suspect, but is the evidence too perfect? Risking his friendship with Gail, the respect of his peers, and his own life, Lt. Gunther keeps digging, hoping to find out if the man they have in jail is rightly there, or if the evidence against him is tainted—"fruits of the poisonous tree."

Police Lieutenant Joe Gunther got the call at four in the morning--Gail Zigman, his longtime friend and lover, has been savagely raped in the bed he had left only hours before. Despite the disapproval of his superiors, Gunther works the case while struggling with his own tangled emotions.

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Editorial Reviews

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This police procedural has little to do with childish things. Rudely awakened early in the morning, Brattleboro, Vermont, detective Joe Gunther learns that his long-time girlfriend has been raped. Since she's the board of selectmen's chair, the case becomes a cause clbre, with journalists, politicians, feminists, and other police pointing fingers and claiming attention. Although close to the victim, Gunther heads the investigation, carefully following all details of proper procedure. Mayor's (The Skeleton's Knee, LJ 11/1/93) smooth, measured prose thoroughly describes both behind-the-scenes and on-the-street aspects of his search. Recommended.
Marilyn Stasio
"The police work is impeccable, the action scenes are clear and sharp" —New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979812248
  • Publisher: AMPress
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Joe Gunther Series, #5
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 529,443
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Archer Mayor has been on the New York Times Bestseller list. He is a winner of the New England Booksellers Association/NEBA Award for Best Fiction. — the first time a writer of crime literature was so honored. His Joe Gunther detective series is one of the most enduring and critically acclaimed police procedural series being written today.

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    Just discovered this awesome author!

    I found his books quite by accident and I am totally enthralled with his main character! I am reading them in order and waiting on some of the older ones to come out in ebook format!

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