Gunther-Gram October 2009

The Official Archer Mayor Newsletter

Trifecta Plus one!!

Hold the phone here. PRICE OF MALICE, we all know about. That’s the new hardback that officially just hit the bookshelves at your local stores.

THE CATCH, we all remember from last year. That’s now newly available in paperback, also fresh from St. Martin’s/Minotaur.

ST ALBANS FIRE, we know has finally been recaptured from the no-man’s-land of out-of-print hell and reprinted by AMPress in a trade paper edition.

But who’s this dude?

This is none other than William Buchanan, a Southern forestry magnate who spanned the period following the Civil War and into the 1920s, and whose career exemplified the early American tree-harvesting business that eventually developed into such familiar giants as International Paper, Weyerhaeuser, and Plum Creek Timber. In fact, when Buchanan’s company sold in the late 1970s, it was in part to IP.

Back in my early days as a writer, I was asked to write this history book, using Buchanan as a focal point for the evolving American timber, gas, and oil business that came out of the South following the Civil War. It was published by the University of Georgia Press in 1988, the same year as the first Joe Gunther book.

So What??

Well, using new print-on-demand technology, the Press has chosen to re-issue SOUTHERN TIMBERMAN. If you’d like to purchase a trade paperback version of this well received history book of mine, contact the Press and ask them to run you off a copy.


October Calendar Events


























7:00 PM Montpelier, VT — Bear Pond Books

7:00 PM Brandon, VT — Briggs Carriage Bookstore

All day Poultney. VT — Poultney High School

7:00 PM Brattleboro, VT — Mystery on Main Street

7:00 PM Brattleboro, VT — Mystery on Main Street

1:00 PM Woodstock, VT — Yankee Bookshop

7:00 PM South Hadley, MA — The Odyssey Bookshop

Noon S. Burlington, VT — S. Burlington Community Library, 550 Dorset Str.

7:00 PM Norwich, VT — Norwich Bookstore

7:00 PM Norwich, VT — Norwich Bookstore

10:00 AM Augusta, ME — Lithgow Public Library

2:00 PM Bangor, ME — Bangor Public Library

2:00 PM Camden, ME — Camden Public Library

7:00 PM Exeter, NH — Water Street Books

Noon Portland, ME — the Library (@ Community TV Network bldg next door)

6:00 PM Boston, MA — Boston Public Library

7:00 PM Concord, NH — Gibson’s Bookstore

7:00 PM Bellows Falls, VT — Village Square Booksellers

6:00 PM Greenfield, MA — TBA

2:00 PM Middlebury, VT — Isley Public Library

7:00 PM Ludlow, VT — Fletcher Library/Book Nook

6:00 PM Brattleboro, VT — Congregational Church (Lit. & Justice Book Discussion)

7:00 PM Manchester, NH — Manchester City Library

7:00 PM Brattleboro, VT — The Book Cellar

2:00 PM Keene, NH — Toadstool Bookstore


The News

As you can see, I’m hitting the road hard in October. Part of the reason is of course to get the word out about THE PRICE OF MALICE and ST ALBANS FIRE’s appearance from AMPress. But there’s another reason October is so crammed: In addition to writing next year’s book (deadline, January,) working for the medical examiner’s office, writing travel articles for AAA, and keeping up a public speaking schedule, I have been honored by the Windham County State’s Attorney with an invitation to join her office as a special investigator, on loan from the Sheriff’s Department. This latest part-time job will be starting in November, and of course, I am eager to do the best I can. However, something had to give in my calendar, and thus I am curtailing my publicity tour a little earlier than usual.

In the meantime, THE PRICE OF MALICE is moving briskly through bookstores and getting reviewed in the press and on the Net,

And this is what they’re saying!!

 “The characters, good and bad, are strong and realistic, from Joe’s team to the petty criminals who barter in information and the sociopaths who slip the boundaries of sanity and take revenge the old fashioned way. This is Mayor’s genre, a satisfying walk on the wild side filled with colorful characters and close escapes, the detritus of existence below the radar and the occasional bursts of violence that call for the best in law enforcement for resolution.” Luan Gaines/2009, as quoted on


“The twentieth Joe Gunther crime novel slipped quietly into the spotlight yesterday, as Minotaur Books released THE PRICE OF MALICE a few days before its scheduled “October” debut. Hurrah! This is the one we’ve been waiting for — not just because it’s number 20 in the series, not just because once you get acquainted with Joe and his team you’ve got to get the next book, and not just because it’s a good swift read. Here’s the best part: THE PRICE OF MALICE builds on number 19, THE CATCH, and spins intensity and sense out of the situations that Archer Mayor set up in that Maine-oriented story.” Beth Kanell, Kingdom Books


And in conclusion:

I couldn’t do any of this without all of you, my loyal readers and supporters. I look forward to seeing many of you out on the road. Keep an eye on the Appearances page of to see if I’ll be swinging by your neighborhood bookstore or library.

And don’t forget to step outside, take a deep breath, and if you live in New England, enjoy the changing foliage and that famous nip in the air.