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

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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.

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. ...

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Overview

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.

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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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.
Emily Melton
The unspeakable has happened to Gail Zigman: an intruder has broken into her home, tied her up, beaten and raped her. Fortunately, Gail is strong spirited, tough, and determined to overcome the trauma. It helps that her boyfriend is Brattleboro police lieutenant Joe Gunther, who, besides being a sensitive and enlightened male, is also a hell of a good cop. Putting his own horror and sorrow over the tragedy aside, Joe doggedly tracks down every known sex offender in the area, distributes the rapist's M.O. to police departments across the state, and analyzes and reanalyzes possible motives. Even though the rapist has left behind almost no evidence, Joe stubbornly pursues every lead, no matter how small. But it's only after Gail offers to act as bait in a dangerous trap to nab the elusive suspect that Joe finally has the satisfaction of solving the difficult case. This well-written police procedural has a lot going for it, not the least of which is its sensitivity to the terrible emotional and physical toll that rape perpetrates on its victims. A good choice for medium and large collections.
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: 9780446403740
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Joe Gunther Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Archer Mayor has been a photographer, teacher, historian, editor, travel writer, lab technician, political advance man, medical illustrator, journalist, publications consultant, constable, and EMT/firefighter. He is half Argentine, bilingual, and has lived in several countries on two continents. Currently, he’s a novelist, a death investigator for Vermont’s medical examiner, and a police officer.

Mayor has written twenty-two Joe Gunther mysteries. The most recent, Tag Man, is a New York Times bestseller. Find him on the web at ArcherMayor.com.
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    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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