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Three Can Keep a Secret

Three Can Keep a Secret

A Joe Gunther Novel

Joe Gunther Series (Volume 24)

Archer Mayor

Minotaur Books

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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 back-up. 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 that she was indeed once "Governor for a Day," over forty years ago, but that she might have also been falsely committed and drugged to keep her from revealing something that she saw all those years ago. Amidst 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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CHAPTER ONE



Leo Gunther gingerly closed the squeaky door of his beloved and battered Ford Mustang and glanced up at the low-hanging sky. He was a butcher by trade, a collector of vintage cars from the 60s, who still lived with...

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Praise for Three Can Keep a Secret

“This fine series offers all the elements that have captivated readers for more than two decades: solid police-procedural detail, a vivid sense of place, and wonderfully human interactions.” —Booklist on Paradise City

“A riveting read…Mayor writes an intelligent mystery....It's a pleasure to find a story that captures readers' attention, makes them care about the characters--and offers such dark chills.” —Associated Press on Tag Man

“Mayor's heart-racing tale ends in a dramatic finish that will leave readers gasping . . . An excellent police procedural series that deserves a wider readership.” —Library Journal (starred) on Red Herring

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About the author

Archer Mayor

In addition to being a bestselling novelist, ARCHER MAYOR is an investigator for the sheriff's department, the state medical examiner, and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. His Joe Gunther series includes Tag Man, Red Herring, and Paradise City. He lives in Newfane, Vermont.

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