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The Catch

The Catch, October 2008
Joe Gunther #19
by Archer Mayor

Minotaur Books
Featuring: Joe Gunther
336 pages
ISBN: 0312381913
EAN: 9780312381912
Kindle: B001ANUQFA
Hardcover / e-Book
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"An intricate crime novel with the gritty feel of behind-the-scenes police work."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Catch
Archer Mayor

Reviewed by Vicky Gilpin
Posted October 15, 2008

Thriller Police Procedural | Suspense | Mystery Police Procedural

An investigation into the death of a drug lord in one state intertwines with the investigation of the murder of a police officer in another state, with Joe Gunther in the middle of both.

Unlike many novels depicting murder investigations across state lines or levels of federal, state, and local departments, THE CATCH demonstrates positive relationships across professional lines, a refreshing viewpoint. Despite being the most recent in the Joe Gunther series and containing many characters, Mayor's work draws the reader into the story through quick acclimation into the environment and careful introduction to each character. Personal revelations bubble underneath the mystery itself, but none of the elements of professional and personal relationships detract from the story line. Joe Gunther is a multi-layered real-world protagonist who makes it a joy to follow along with him as he tries to unwind the strands of the connections among criminals and innocent by-standers. THE CATCH is a must-read for people who love intricate crime novels or television shows with the gritty feel of behind-the-scenes police work.

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Joe Gunther, a Vermont cop for most of his adult life and now the head of the VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) gets the call that every law enforcement person hates and every friend and family member of a policeman fears -- a cop has been shot and killed. A deputy sheriff was shot to death during a routine traffic stop on a dark country road. From what can been seen on the cruiser's tape recorder of the killers, it is believed that they were a couple of Boston-based drug runners who had been stopped by the deputy on their way from Canada down to Boston.

Which is what brings Gunther and his team to the investigation - an attempt to shut down the major drug running operation. Specially that of one Alan Budney, disaffected son of a lobsterman, now a drug kingpin, who uses the closed, clannish lobster fishing community and his extended family in particular, to move drugs along the New England coast.

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