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  1. 9.3 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    Joe Gunther is sent to the neighboring town of Bellows Falls to investigate harassment allegations against a fellow officer. But as Gunther doggedly pursues the truth, what begins as a seemingly open-and-shut case starts to look more and more like a frame job, and he soon finds himself feeling around the edges of a statewide drug distribution network.As always, Vermont itself is a major character in Mayor’s writing, with Bellows Falls standing in for any number of slowly decaying, once-proud mill towns.

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    Bellows Falls

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    9.3 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.8 hrs • Jan/31/2017 • Unabridged

    A forty-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear energy site. It becomes a case for the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) and its leader, Joe Gunther, since they have the resources and the ability to investigate an old, very cold, missing persons case that has now been reclassified as murder. The victim was Hank Mitchell, and Gunther must chase down old rumors and speculations: Who benefited from his death and the disappearance of his body? And was his death somehow tied to New York City mafia money being laundered through the construction project?But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death, right after speaking with Gunther. And when a young police officer―the son of VBI investigator Lester Spinney―is kidnapped, is it meant to be a warning to the VBI team to drop the case?After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has to the power to kill, and it’s up to Gunther and his team to capture the living and finally put the dead to rest.

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    Presumption of Guilt

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    8.8 hrs • Jan/31/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.9 hrs • Oct/01/2016 • Unabridged

    A small girl brings Joe Gunther a bird’s nest—made partially of human hair. In the search to match a body—and an identity—to the hair’s owner, Joe comes across an unexplained death, a grisly murder, and a sudden disappearance. All seem to be entangled in a puzzling web of municipal corruption, blackmail, and industrial espionage. A shell-shocked World War II veteran nicknamed the Ragman may hold the key to it all—but only if Joe can get him to talk before the murderer strikes again.

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    The Ragman’s Memory

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    10.9 hrs • Oct/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.0 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged

    When Joe Gunther is called to the home of a young woman apparently dead by her own hand, he is troubled enough by his findings to want to dig deeper. But his normally trustworthy medical examiner stalls the investigation, crippled by problems of her own. Will Joe be able to help her out and get what he needs in time to derail the machinations of the increasingly violent trio lurking behind it all?

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    The Second Mouse

    8.0 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.5 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged

    When heroin traffickers establish a vast and swift pipeline into Vermont, Joe Gunther’s Bureau of Investigation is called in to stem the tide. But with pressure building from politicians and resentment burgeoning in the ranks of rival investigative units, Joe’s team is forced to take wild risks: Sammie Martens must go deep undercover as a drug dealer; Lester Spinney must investigate a loved one; and Joe must make some agonizing choices as he works to reconcile a noble end with highly dubious means.

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    Gatekeeper

    7.5 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.5 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Leaving the relative calm of Vermont, Detective Willy Kunkle must confront his past as he seeks revenge for the death of his ex-wife in the back alleys of New York City. Labeled an accidental overdose, her death is considered routine by the NYPD. But Willy’s investigation points to foul play. Now, his search will uncover more about his own life than even he thought possible—and place him in the gravest danger he has ever known.

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    The Sniper’s Wife

    8.5 hrs • May/31/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 12.2 hrs • May/24/2016 • Unabridged

    A brutal home invasion shocks Brattleboro’s small Asian community, but no one is talking. Undeterred, Joe Gunther digs deeper and discovers a cross-border smuggling route carrying drugs, contraband, and illegal aliens into and out of Canada. Operating below the radar for years, competition between underworld rivals is bringing it into the light with deadly consequences.International jurisdiction is a complicated matter, and in the pursuit of justice, Gunther will have to collaborate with the FBI, the Border Patrol, and the Mounties.

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    The Dark Root

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    12.2 hrs • May/24/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.7 hrs • Mar/01/2016 • Unabridged

    When Gail Zigman, town selectwoman and Joe Gunther’s companion of many years, is raped, Gunther finds himself caught between the media, local politicians, and a network of well-meaning victims’ rights advocates as he tries to put his own feelings aside and follow a trail of evidence. Every lead points to a single, obvious suspect, but is the evidence too perfect?Risking his friendship with Gail, the respect of his peers, and his own life, Lieutenant Gunther keeps digging, hoping to find out if the man they have in jail is rightly there, or if the evidence against him is tainted—what police call “fruits of the poisonous tree.”

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    Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    10.7 hrs • Mar/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 11.0 hrs • Feb/01/2016 • Unabridged

    When a reclusive market gardener’s death proves to stem from a twenty-year-old bullet wound, Lieutenant Joe Gunther is presented with a very cold homicide to solve. But who was the victim exactly?A deeply private man eking out an ascetic existence from a hardscrabble mountain field, Abraham Fuller was virtually unknown to his neighbors, in the manner of someone pursuing more than mere solitude. The discovery of a bag full of unmarked bills and a body buried in the garden patch suggests that Fuller had motives beyond misanthropy. With someone willing to kill to ensure that old secrets remain buried, the case may not be so cold after all.

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    The Skeleton’s Knee

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    11.0 hrs • Feb/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 13.7 hrs • Jan/01/2016 • Unabridged

    When the body of a fast-living young stockbroker is found in a shallow grave, suspicion first falls on a cuckolded policeman. Lieutenant Joe Gunther investigates the increasingly bizarre details of the crime, but he’s too far behind events to prevent a second murder. Indeed, whoever is responsible always seems to be a few steps ahead, as if there’s a leak in the police force. Sweltering August heat does nothing to calm the increasingly agitated town selectmen, who demand results.

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    Scent of Evil

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    13.7 hrs • Jan/01/2016 • Unabridged
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  11. 10.4 hrs • Dec/01/2015 • Unabridged

    Lieutenant Joe Gunther is in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom investigating a minor embezzling case. It’s a pleasant distraction and a chance to reconnect with old friends, but when a house fire reveals itself to be arson, compounded by murder, Gunther can’t help but investigate. He quickly finds himself enmeshed in a web of animosity between put-upon townspeople, the state police, angry parents, and members of a reclusive sect.Murder follows murder, yet no one seems to be telling Gunther the whole truth—not even his childhood friends. And truth is what he desperately needs if he’s to stop the killings.

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    Borderlines

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    10.4 hrs • Dec/01/2015 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.8 hrs • Oct/27/2015 • Unabridged

    During the height of a particularly brutal Vermont winter, a woman’s body is found one morning hanging high above the interstate. The woman, found with the word “dyke” carved on her chest, is quickly determined to be the victim of a brutal murder. That alone is enough to bring in Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team. But when the victim is identified not only as a state senator but as an intimate friend of the governor’s, it unleashes a publicity maelstrom that makes a difficult investigation even more challenging. While the anti-lesbian message is an obvious feint meant to mislead investigators, it does reveal that the governor is gay, and forces her to publicly acknowledge that fact.In the meantime, while the publicity rages on to even greater heights, the police begin to focus intensely on the dead senator’s life. One thing they uncover is that she had a fondness for recreational marijuana. In Vermont, however, neither lesbianism nor marijuana use justify murder. It’s up to Gunther and his team to find out not just who, but why?

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    The Company She Kept

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    8.8 hrs • Oct/27/2015 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.6 hrs • Sep/30/2014 • Unabridged

    An apparent accidental death turns out to be only the first of many murders.Ben Kendall was a troubled man. Coming back from Vietnam with PTSD and scars that no one else could see, he hid away from the world, filling his house with an ever-increasing amount of stuff, until finally the piles collapsed and he was found dead, crushed beneath his own belongings. But what on first glance looks to be the tragic accidental death of a hoarder may be something much more—and much deadlier. Ben’s cousin, medical examiner Beverly Hillstrom, unsettled by the circumstances of his death, alerts Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team.Ben, it seems, brought back something from Vietnam other than just personal demons—he also brought back combat photos and negatives that someone else desperately wants to keep from the public eye. When Beverly’s daughter Rachel made her cousin Ben—and his photos—the subject of her college art project, some of those photos appeared on the walls of a local art gallery. This resulted in the appearance of a two-man hit squad, searching for some other missing negatives.With Joe Gunther and his squad trailing behind the grisly research results of the hit team and the deadly killers closing in on Rachel, Gunther has little time to find and protect Rachel before she ends up in the same grisly state as her cousin.

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    Proof Positive

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    8.6 hrs • Sep/30/2014 • Unabridged
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  14. 9.4 hrs • Oct/01/2013 • Unabridged

    Archer Mayor’s New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series returns with a complex case involving two corpses, one escaped mental patient, and a long-held secret that binds them together. “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”—Ben Franklin Joe Gunther and his team—the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI)—are usually called in on major cases by local Vermont enforcement whenever they need expertise and backup. But after the state is devastated by Hurricane Irene, the police from one end of the state are taxed to their limits, leaving Joe Gunther involved in an odd, seemingly unrelated series of cases. In the wake of the hurricane, a seventeen-year-old gravesite is exposed, revealing a coffin that had been filled with rocks instead of the expected remains. At the same time, an old retired state politician turns up dead at his high-end nursing home, in circumstances that leave investigators unsure that he wasn’t murdered. And a patient who calls herself the Governor has walked away from a state mental facility during the post-hurricane flood. It turns out she was indeed once “Governor for a Day,” over forty years ago, and she might have also been falsely committed and drugged to keep her from revealing something she saw all those years ago. Amid the turmoil and the disaster relief, it’s up to Joe Gunther and his team to learn what really happened with the two corpses—one missing—and what secret the Governor might have still locked in her brain that links them all.

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    Three Can Keep a Secret

    Read by Tom Taylorson
    9.4 hrs • Oct/01/2013 • Unabridged
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  15. 8.9 hrs • Oct/01/2012 • Unabridged

    Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are alerted to a string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont. Someone, in addition to flats creens, computers, and stereos, has also been stealing antiques and jewelry. Meanwhile, in Boston, an elderly woman surprises some thieves in her Beacon Hill home and is viciously murdered. The Boston police find that not only is the loot similar to what’s being stolen in Vermont, but it may have the same destination. Word is out that someone powerful is purchasing these particular kinds of items in the “Paradise City” of Northampton, Massachusetts. Gunther, the Boston Police, and the vengeful niece of the murdered old lady convene on Northampton, eager to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the “responsible parties”—although each is motivated to mete out some very different penalties.

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    Paradise City

    Read by William Dufris
    8.9 hrs • Oct/01/2012 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.9 hrs • Oct/01/2011 • Unabridged

    Across Brattleboro, Vermont, rich people (some with dark secrets) are waking up in their high security, alarm-equipped homes to find a Post-It note stuck to their bedside tables reading, “You’re it.” There is little sign of disturbance anywhere, nothing stolen (that anyone admits) and only a bit of expensive food eaten as a signature. The press loves the story and dubs the burglar the Tag Man. But who is he? And what’s he actually doing? In fact, he’s quickly running for his life, for what he discovers in one of these houses appears to be proof of a heinous string of murders. But is it? Joe Gunther, struggling to recover from a devastating personal loss, leads his VBI team to untangle the many conflicting pieces of evidence, while the burglar himself struggles for survival in the no-man’s land between the police and the villains. No one knows what to believe or who to trust. Tag Man is running for his life in a way he never imagined possible. No one knows who’s watching as they sleep—or who truly did what. Tag Man is critically acclaimed author Archer Mayor at his very finest.

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    Tag Man

    Read by William Dufris
    8.9 hrs • Oct/01/2011 • Unabridged
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