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Red Herring

A Joe Gunther Novel

Joe Gunther Series

Archer Mayor

Minotaur Books

VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) head Joe Gunther and his team are called in to investigate a series of violent deaths that appear unrelated until telltale clues reveal a linkage between them and that all of the deaths are, in fact, murders. However, apart from a single drop of unexplained blood left at each crime scene, there are no obvious connections between the victims or the cases. The police are faced with more questions than answers including what do the mysterious deposits of blood mean, coming as they do from three additional unknown people. In their search for the elusive truth, the VBI must plumb the depths of every suspect’s past, every victim’s most intimate details, and examine each piece of evidence down to the smallest detail—an examination which includes a trip to the Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island and an exploration of cutting edge forensic technology.

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CHAPTER ONE
Doreen Ferenc slipped her nightgown over her head and let it fall the length of her body and gently settle onto her shoulders. This was the reward of every day, this threshold moment, when, as though dropping a heavy burden, she exchanged her regular clothing, complete with belts, buttons, zippers, and elastic, for the sensual, almost weightless comfort of a simple shift of light cotton.
Not that the day had been more onerous than usual. Her mom had been in good spirits, minimally judgmental of the nursing-home staff. They'd served Indian pudding for lunch, a perennial favori
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Praise for Red Herring

"Mayor skillfully combines a gripping police procedural with a view of smalltown life balanced by bits of humor applied at just the right time. The suspense builds toward an ending that reveals a surprising motive and a chillingly realistic villain."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Compassionate by nature, self-schooled to be tough when he needs to be, the sage of Brattleboro is as usual a pleasure to spend time with."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"With cool forensic details for CSI fans, Mayor's heart-racing tale ends in a dramatic finish that will leave readers gasping... An excellent police procedural series."
--Library Journal

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Fiction Review: Red Herring: A Joe Gunther Novel by Archer Mayor, Minotaur, $24.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-38193-6
A single drop of unexplained blood at each of three murder scenes perplexes Joe Gunther in Mayor's engrossing 21st novel to feature the Vermont Bureau of Investigation police detective (after 2009's T
- Publishers Weekly
RED HERRING by Archer Mayor | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of RED HERRING . Joe Gunther (<em>The Price of Malice<em>, 2009, etc.) pursues a vindictive killer and pays heavily for catching him.
- Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Archer Mayor

  • ARCHER MAYOR is a death investigator, a sheriff’s deputy, and a volunteer firefighter and EMT in addition to being a novelist. He lives in Newfane, Vermont.
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    A Joe Gunther Novel

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    Archer Mayor

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