The Surrogate Thief

The Surrogate Thief

Book - 2004
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The latest installment in Archer Mayors classic Joe Gunther series finds the Vermont detective on his most personal and dangerous case yet.More exciting work on other cases has left Joe reluctant to chase down leads on an assault and battery case he wasinvestigating at the beginning of his career. Six months later, the assault becomes a homicide as the victim takes a surprising turn and succumbs to his injuries. By this point however, Joe knows the case will probably never be solved and quietly sweeps his lackluster performance under the nearest rug. Move to the present day and this long dormant failure in Joes career comes back to haunt him when a hostage crisis uncovers a murder weapon that Joe should have found with relative ease. Torn between his sense of justice and the fear of revealing his incompetence, Joe must undertake his most personal and dangerous struggle ever as he tracks a brutal killer who knows all too well why hes been running free these many years.

Baker & Taylor
Hiding the rookie inexperience that rendered a homicide case from the beginning of his career unsolvable, Joe Gunther discovers the case's murder weapon and begins tracking a killer who possesses a nature more brutal than anticipated.

Blackwell North Amer
Brattleboro is the epitome of scenic Vermont. Quaint in its architecture and plainspoken in its politics, it dominates the state's southeast corner as both an employment hub and an election year powerhouse - all while looking like a genteel, postindustrial New England mill town.
And yet there is darkness here, too, and nobody knows it better than Joe Gunther. Over the years he has battled drug pushers and corporate swindlers, grappled with environmental conspirators, and foiled gangs and home invaders. But while usually successful in his fight for the town's future, Gunther hasn't always come out on top.
Thirty years earlier store owner Klaus Oberfeldt was robbed and beaten senseless. When Klaus died six months later, a case of assault and battery become first degree murder. The guilty man eventually appeared to be a well-known, small-time crook, but enough time had elapsed for him to vanish. Gunther, distracted by his wife's losing struggle with cancer in the same hospital where Klaus was slipping from life, did something that would plague him for the rest of his career: He let the case go cold, burying it in the past along with his private sorrows.
Now serendipitously reopened, the Oberfeldt investigation forces Gunther to revisit ancient history and open old wounds. Torn between righting the past and confronting his demons, the veteran cop faces the most personal and dangerous case of his career. For somewhere on the idyllic Brattleboro streets stalks a long-lost murderer who never quite disappeared - and with Joe's renewed interest, now has good reason to kill again.

Baker
& Taylor

Shamefacedly hiding the rookie inexperience that rendered a homicide case from the beginning of his career unsolvable, Joe Gunther discovers the case's murder weapon and begins tracking a killer who possesses a nature more brutal than anticipated.

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2004
Edition: 1st Mysterious Press ed
ISBN: 9780892968152
089296815X
Branch Call Number: M MAYOR
M MAYOR
Characteristics: 294 p

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