Prolonged Exposure (Undersheriff Bill Gastner Series #6)

Prolonged Exposure (Undersheriff Bill Gastner Series #6)

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by Steven F. Havill
     
 

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Savvy storytelling infused with a spicy Southwestern setting.
"Not only does Havill offer a melancholy reinterpretation of that grand western myth of the slow-talking, fast-thinking lawman, he also writes crisp, marvelously detailed police procedurals in which a mix of technical know-how and informed common sense gets things

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Savvy storytelling infused with a spicy Southwestern setting.
"Not only does Havill offer a melancholy reinterpretation of that grand western myth of the slow-talking, fast-thinking lawman, he also writes crisp, marvelously detailed police procedurals in which a mix of technical know-how and informed common sense gets things done."—Booklist
Bill Gastner is going crazy recuperating from heart surgery. Dreaming of green chili, he's rescued by a phone call from back home. The Undersheriff arrives in Posadas County only to learn that his own home has been burgled. Moreover, Gastner finds his cranky ancient neighbor Florencio Apodaca has borrowed a bit of land to bury his equally ancient wife—and the dead woman's stepson questions if she died a natural death. Meanwhile a young boy out camping has vanished from atop Cat Mesa. A stringent search convinces Bill, his treasured deputy Estelle Reyes-Guzman, and Sheriff Martin Holman that the boy has been spirited away.
Poisoned Pen Press has republished the five earlier novels in Steven Havill's carefully, cleverly detailed police procedural series richly redolent of southern New Mexico.
Look to Worldwide/Harlequin for Out of Season (0-373-26382-1) and to St. Martin's for Dead Weight (0-312-25203-X) and in Nov. 2001, Bag Limit (0-312-25183-1).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fine storytelling married to a spicy Southwestern setting marks the latest Bill Gastner mystery (following Privileged to Kill, 1997). Gastner, undersheriff in New Mexico's Posadas County, is recuperating from heart surgery at his daughter's Michigan home, but he can't wait to get back home to the land of green-chili burritos and real sunshine. When his chief of detectives, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, calls to tell him that his home has been burglarized, he moves up his departure date and heads home. The action swirls around Gastner like leaves in a high wind. First the burglary: probably kids, but they've managed to steal precious memories along with several guns he had locked up. Then an elderly neighbor, Florencio Apodaca, has mistaken a piece of Gastner's land for his own and buried his wife on it. And finally, a young boy camping in the nearby hills with his parents has managed to disappear, and Posadas County officials are coordinating a massive search for him. As Gastner, his daughter, Camille, and his colleagues all begin to adapt to his physical limitations, Gastner remains a solid center, using his knowledge and experience to good effect as the various cases of burglary, kidnapping and murder play out. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This latest Western mystery by Havill (Privileged To Kill, LJ 2/1/97) is a three-parter. First, unknown vandals burglarize the home of Bill Gastner, aging undersheriff of New Mexico's Posadas County. Second, Gastner's nearest neighbor, who is in his eighties, buries his dead wife on Gastner's property, thus instigating suspicions of murder. Finally, a three-year-old disappears from a mesa campground. Although recuperating from surgery and under the watchful eye of his visiting daughter, Gastner handily deals with all three problemsin addition to personal ones that arise. Crisp writing and clarity of focus make this a pleasure to read and essential for any collection.
Kirkus Reviews
Jerked back to New Mexico's Posadas County while he's recovering from surgery at his daughter's place in Michigan, Undersheriff Bill Gastner (Privileged to Kill, 1997, etc.) finds that, yes, his neighbor Florencio Apodaca has indeed buried his ancient wife Gloria on Bill's property, much to the outrage of Gloria's stepson Stanley Willit and the bemusement of Bill himself. More urgently, Tiffany Cole's three-year-old son Cody has wandered off on Cat Mesa, with every indication of foul play, and detective chief Estelle Reyes-Guzman's son Francis is snatched from his house soon after. What gives? Not as much as you might like, despite some smart detective work from Estelle, whose lightning readings of crime scenes put her head and shoulders above aging, likable Bill. Maybe he should retire and let her take over the franchise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890208738
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
Posadas County Mystery Series, #6
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
382,706
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.68(d)

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Steven F. Havill is the author of 21 novels set in the American west. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Raton, New Mexico.

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Prolonged Exposure (Undersheriff Bill Gastner Series #6) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bill Gastner continues at his best to cope with his health and the demands of his job. This books continues with the same well-developed characters and the plot seems to grow more complex without loosing the reader. A definite read if you want to keep the story line and enjoy some hours wondering what is coming next.
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