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Bury the Lead

Bury the Lead

Joe Gunther Series (Volume 29)

Archer Mayor

Minotaur Books

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Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson case—both potentially related to an outbreak of ebola.

When the dead body of a young woman is found near a trail at one of Vermont's popular ski mountains, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, who confesses, but the whole squad isn't convinced—the evidence is thin at best. At the same time, a local firm is being targeted with acts of sabotage—a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed—resulting in loss of life. Mick Durocher, the same man who confessed to the murder of the young woman, was briefly an employee at the company being targeted.

These two puzzling cases—possibly connected—are complicated by the sidelining of one of the key members of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital which appears to be having an outbreak of Ebola.

Joe and his team investigate the various cases, pursuing motives that might tie them together, proving that the opposite of trust can be betrayal and that thwarted devotion can lead to murderous loathing. And behind the mayhem, and murder, lies a tragic history that must be uncovered and resolved before yet another person dies—in Archer Mayor’s latest novel featuring Joe Gunther.

CHAPTER ONE


Joe entered the autopsy room unnoticed, stepped to one side of the broad door, and leaned against the wall to watch. The recently deceased Jane Doe he’d followed to Burlington through morning commuter traffic, behind the...

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Archer Mayor

ARCHER MAYOR, in addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, is a death investigator for the state medical examiner and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.

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