By Archer Mayor
Exciting plots, complicated characters, and a panorama come to lifestyles are mainstays of Archer Mayor's New England thrillers. With a present for bright writing, he has made "an honorable artwork type of the neighborhood mystery," in keeping with the New York instances publication Review. Now in a suspenseful new novel, Mayor's renowned sleuth Joe Gunther faces the most baffling instances of his career.
A legend between Vermont law enforcement officials, Joe Gunther has solved extra neighborhood whodunits than a complete squad of detectives. yet his newest case takes him and his workforce off their Brattleboro domestic turf, forty-two miles west, to chip-on-its-shoulder, blue-collar Bennington.
On the sting of city, Gunther encounters the useless physique of Michelle Fisher. Her corpse, light and likely at peace, bargains him no clues approximately who she was once or how she died. There aren't any indicators of violence, no ailment. Snapshots and postcards convey a girl who laughed demanding and lived tougher. but diaries exhibit a rootless existence marred by means of melancholy and drink. Suicide turns out a cheap end, yet Gunther suspects foul play. the home is on the market, finally, and Michelle used to be its merely tenant-one who resisted all efforts to have her evicted. The unsavory landlord is a first-rate suspect, yet is appropriately built with an impressively air-tight alibi.
Now to discover the reality in regards to the destiny of this discarded, all yet forgotten girl, Gunther needs to stick with a complicated path of part leads and mounting crimes. He attracts on the subject of a violent and careless trio of criminals, whose chief is hell-bent on making the profession flow of a lifetime-and keen to step on a person who may well get in his manner.
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Extra resources for The Second Mouse (Joe Gunther, Book 17)
An old man shouldn’t be writing poems, he thought. When you’re 78 years old, your thoughts are of little use to anyone. But at the same time, he knew this was wrong. It was only in the Western world that old people were viewed with indulgence or contemptuous sympathy. In other cultures, age was respected as the period of enlightened wisdom. He would go on writing poems as long as he could lift a pen and his mind was clear. He was not capable of much else. A long time ago he had been a car dealer, the most successful in the region.
His accent sounded like western Skåne, where Wallander himself had grown up. “Most of us are good,” Wallander answered. Tyrén’s reply surprised him. “You know that’s not true. I’ve been locked up for a thing or two in my day. ” Wallander was startled by the force of his words. “I doubt you came here to tell me that,” he said, changing the subject. K. cap. “It’s strange, actually,” he said. Wallander had taken out a notebook from a drawer and turned to a blank page. “Let’s start at the beginning,” he said.
But when Wallander hung up he felt that he was now on his way to a new phase of his life. She would come. He would get married again. That night it took a long time for him to fall asleep. Twice he got up and stood by the kitchen window, staring out at the rain. He would miss the streetlight swinging on its wire out there, lonesome in the wind. Even though he didn’t get much sleep, he was up early on Tuesday. m. he parked his car outside the police station and hurried through the rain and wind.