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Summary

Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson case - both potentially related to an outbreak of Ebola.

When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent. 

At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism - a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed - resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company. 

These two puzzling cases - now possibly connected - are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely - and suspiciously timed - outbreak of Ebola. 

Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.

©2018 Archer Mayor (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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One of the best!

If you love the Joe Gunther novels, you'll love this too. Characters develop, the plot rocks a long. Loved it!

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  • 18-04-22

Joe Gunther Bk 29

I was new to Joe Gunther mysteries //Archer Mayer and began listening with book 1. I was captivated by the character building of all the individuals in the series. I almost feel like I know each of their doppelgangers in my own life. As I was saying I began with book 1 and became so entrenched in the Joe Gunther mysteries I binged listened to all 32 books with fascination, escape, and enjoyment. I love the less than perfect characters, the thought processes each character manipulates and how each struggle with mental demons (some more than others) that make them real and come to life. I am also really impressed that not one of Mr Mayer’s stories (of all 32 books) repeat themselves in story line which is a impressive feat. My only disappointment is the next book isn’t out until Sept 2022.

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  • Rose
  • 19-10-21

See review for book 32 - I enjoyed them all

Another great mystery that comes at an important time as our country slides down into the swamp.

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  • 09-09-21

Another good Joe Gunther read

Liked the story, really liked the continued character development because especially Willie's continued journey and Beverly's daughter.

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  • 25-02-21

Another Great Gunther book

Archer Mayor did an amazing job once again!! I really enjoy the Joe Gunther series, they always do an amazing job. I didn’t know where the Ebola was going or if it was involved in the rest of the series of events, they really left you guessing almost till the end on that one. Rachel is really becoming a big part of the storyline, I really like her. Willie went down a dark road on this one, thank goodness he got the help he needed for his sake and his 2 ladies as well.

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  • 14-06-22

Silly word pronunciation choices

Bury the “Lead” — for the narrator’s pronunciation, should have been spelled “Lede”. This title’s spelling means it should have been pronounced Lead, as in a bullet. And annoying (because I live in Vermont) that no research was done on how to pronounce “Bromley” mountain. They said Brome-ly, it’s Bromm-ly. Dumb

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  • 18-05-22

Lots of Potential, ends with a thud

The first 2/3 of this Joe Gunther mystery was engaging, well written and promised an exciting denoument....As it all wrapped up, I found myself questioning whether or not a character would really behave in a particular way, and feeling like Mayor moved things to a believable crisis point and then didn't know how to make it work...I am a fan of Archer Mayor and enjoyed more of the personal relationship stories of both himself and Willie Kunkel, but almost wondered if they had to fill in for a story line not entirely worked out.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-05-22

SUCH a tell of Mayer’s limited written expression

ability: his only mechanism for expressing character surprise or strong emotion is to use the names Christ and Jesus as curses 😂. Why not changing things up with Yahweh or Allah?