The Catch

A Joe Gunther Novel

Joe Gunther Series (Volume 19 of 25)

Archer Mayor

Minotaur Books

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Joe Gunther, a Vermont cop for most of his adult life and now the head of the VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) gets the call that every law enforcement person hates and every friend and family member of a policeman fears -- a cop has been shot and killed.  A deputy sheriff was shot to death during a routine traffic stop on a dark country road.  From what can been seen on the cruiser's tape recorder of the killers, it is believed that they were a couple of Boston-based drug runners who had been stopped by the deputy on their way from Canada down to Boston. 
 
Which is what brings Gunther and his team to the investigation - an attempt to shut down the major drug running operation.  Specially that of one Alan Budney, disaffected son of a lobsterman, now a drug kingpin, who uses the closed, clannish lobster fishing community and his extended family in particular, to move drugs along the New England coast.
 
The most recent book - and last from Grand Central - Chat, has spent four week on the extended Booksense bestseller list and, as always, has been on the NEBA bestseller list since publication.  He is the winner of the 2004 New England Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction.

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Chapter One

Deputy Sheriff Brian Sleuter was looking for a better country/ western station when the Toyota flew by, spraying a few roadside pebbles against the front bumper of his cruiser.

"Jesus Christ, Bud," he said softly, turning on his headlights, putting the car into gear, and hitting his blue lights—all in a single, well- practiced gesture—"why don’t you flip me the bird while you’re at it?"

He fishtailed into the road from his hiding place, his rear tires spinning before gaining purchase, and took off down Vermont Route 7 with a burst from the

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Praise for The Catch

"Mayor is a devil of a plotter...one fine trip." -- New York Times Book Review on The Second Mouse
 
"Consistently the best police procedural series being written in America." —Chicago Tribune on St. Alban's Fire

"Mayor's skills are equal to the vigor of his imagination, and we take his word for every twist, every turn, every thunderbolt." —The New Yorker on St. Alban's Fire


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About the Author

Archer Mayor

Archer Mayor, in addition to being a novelist,  is also a death investigator for Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner, a deputy for the Windham County Sheriff’s Department, and has 25 years experience as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

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The Catch
A Joe Gunther Novel
Archer Mayor

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429960540
ISBN10: 142996054X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$4.99

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Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
September 2009
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312365158
ISBN10: 0312365152
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 304 pages
$7.99
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