Open Season (Joe Gunther Series #1)

Open Season (Joe Gunther Series #1)

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by Archer Mayor
     
 

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To tie into the December release of Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther hardcover Fruits of the Poisonous Tree, here is a reissue of the debut novel that first introduced Joe Gunther in 1989--out of print since 1991. Gunther investigates the murder of a juror by another juror from a three-year-old case.  See more details below

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To tie into the December release of Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther hardcover Fruits of the Poisonous Tree, here is a reissue of the debut novel that first introduced Joe Gunther in 1989--out of print since 1991. Gunther investigates the murder of a juror by another juror from a three-year-old case.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Major's fine first novel features Joe Gunther, a police lieutenant in Brattleboro, Vt., who is as likable and sensitive a hero as Robert B. Parker's Spenser, but who possesses a freshly intelligent voice all his own. A wealthy young man seeking his stolen dog is killed by a frightened widow who has been set up expect an intruder; a young woman is assaulted by a ski-masked man with a false tattoo. Gunther connects the victims to their service as jurors on a trial three years before, in which a Vietnam veteran was quickly convicted of murdering a young woman. Pressured not to stir old fires by police and political figures alike, Gunther is determined to pursue the case when an attempt is made on his own life by the man in the ski mask. Doggedly, Gunther persists in his investigations even after the police chief, his best friend, is killed in a car accident that Gunther himself barely survives. Set in the dead of Vermont winter, this atmospheric procedural has some fascinating sections on forensic medicine. Its chilling climax in a snow storm is followed by a satisfying wrap-up in which the true identities of the original murder victim, her murderer and man with the ski mask are revealed and their connections explained. Mysterious Book Club alternate. (September)
Susan Allen Toth
A distinctly American murder mystery, with a tough-guy detective hero, slatherings of blood and violence and dollops of kinky sex. Mayor [..] lavishes loving description on its geography, weather, buildings and character. ''Open Season'' whips the reader along at a lively pace [...] well crafted and engrossing, "Open Season" is a very promising beginning for a series of Vermont mysteries.
Charles Champlin
Open Season is another ingeniously plotted thriller. A series of very clever murders is directed at the jurors who convicted an itinerant black man of the murder of a young woman. The setting is Brattleboro, Vt., not previously a hotbed of crime fiction. Lt. Joe Gunther quickly decides the jailed man is innocent, which does not explain the crime wave. Gunther himself becomes a target, and the suspense is somehow more engrossing for arising in a setting that is both unhackneyed and well evoked.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446404143
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Joe Gunther Series, #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Archer Mayor 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 Mysteries detective series is one of the most enduring and critically acclaimed police procedural series being written today.

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