Open Season

The Plot

Originally entitled The Stalking Horse (a title that was used on another book published just a month before this was set to appear,) Open Season concerns a mysterious man in a ski mask, who forces the police to reopen an old murder case by compromising all the members of the old jury.… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Borderlines

The Plot

Set entirely in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, an isolated, thinly populated part of the state, Borderlines tells of Joe Gunther’s temporary assignment to the local State’s Attorney’s office, which he has taken on in part to get away from Brattleboro, and from his girlfriend, Gail Zigman, with whom he’s had a fight.… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Scent of Evil

The Plot

A hand is found sticking out of the dirt at a construction site, and Joe Gunther’s detective squad begin to research into who the man belonging to it was, how he was killed, who might have done it, and why. But before they know it, several more people are dead, including one… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

The Skeleton’s Knee

The Plot

A hermit dies in the hospital of a bullet he received twenty years earlier. At his mountaintop home, a skeleton with a bullet hole and a metal knee is found buried in the yard. On the way to the medical examiner’s office, the hearse comes under machine gun fire. A long-hidden crime… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

The Plot

Joe Gunther’s girlfriend, Gail Zigman, is raped, causing consternation and great pain not just to the two of them, but a media frenzy due to her political prominence, his involvement in the case, and her refusal to hide behind a shroud of anonymity. Instead, while Joe and his colleagues narrow in on… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

The Dark Root

The Plot

A brutal home invasion by Asian gang members against a prominent Brattleboro Asian family set Joe Gunther on the trail of an underground railroad running through Vermont from Canada to Boston, New York and other US urban centers, carrying drugs, illegal aliens, and other contraband. But why the sudden outbreak of violence… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

The Ragman’s Memory

The Plot

A small girl brings Joe Gunther a bird’s nest-made partially of human hair. In his search to put a body, and an identity, to the hair’s owner, Joe comes upon an unexplained death, a grisly murder, a sudden disappearance, and travels the social strata of his hometown from the elite to the… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Bellows Falls

The Plot

A routine call asking Joe Gunther to investigate a seemingly minor complaint against a young officer of the Bellows Falls police department leads to the uncovering of a cauldron of spousal abuse, debauchery, teen crime, drug running, and cold-blooded murder. Joe must travel the length of Vermont, from the beleaguered town of… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

The Disposable Man

The Plot

An unidentified man is found face down in an abandoned quarry, strangled with a piano wire. The labels have been cut from his clothes, his facial features are Slavic in appearance, and his toes are tattooed with Russian letters. When no one reports any missing persons, and no police agency responds to… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Occam’s Razor

The Plot

The body was positioned so that the train neatly obliterated its head and hands. Dressed in a homeless man’s clothes with empty pockets, it might easily be passed-off as an unfortunate John Doe. And yet… Joe Gunther has a knack for knowing when things don’t quite add up, and the math in… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

The Marble Mask

The Plot

There are old cases and there are cold cases, and then there are old, cold cases… Special Agent Joe Gunther, of the newly-formed Vermont Bureau of Investigation, didn’t expect the VBI’s first case to be a fifty year-old murder. Then again, the victim probably didn’t expect to get an icepick in the… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Tucker Peak

The Plot

Joe Gunther’s brand new Vermont Bureau of Investigation team is invited by a local sheriff to look into a seemingly mundane series of burglaries at the Tucker Peak ski resort. The sheriff has his hands full, since the resort management is undergoing a massive facelift and environmental protesters are picketing the place… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Gatekeeper

The Plot

A known drug dealer is found hanging from a railroad trestle in Rutland, the daughter of a political bigwig is dead of an overdose in the man’s apartment, and a young woman (Gail Zigman’s niece) is shot while trying to rob a convenience store for drug money. Heroin is hitting Vermont in unprecedented… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

St. Albans Fire

The Plot

Winter is on the wane in Northwestern Vermont. The moon hangs bright and cold in the silvery night sky over hundreds of square miles of a peaceful, dormant landscape of dairy farms. Bobby Cutts—young, heartbroken, and unable to sleep—enters the family barn to tend to the beasts within… and encounters the last… [More Info & Read Excerpt]

Snow Blind

The Plot

Snow Blind is a short story in the Joe Gunther mystery series, by New York Times bestselling author Archer Mayor. A classic Vermont snowstorm, a confused young man, and of course, a crime.