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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 at first glance looks to be a 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 else from Vietnam than personal demons--he also brought back combat photos and negatives that someone else wants desperately 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 in turn 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 before her. Archer Mayor's "Proof Positive" is another enthralling installment in the Joe Gunther Series.
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"Mayor has capture the real Vermont whose beauty often belies a dark and gritty criminal landscape; Joe Gunther and the ensemble cast surrounding him are among the very best in criminal fiction." - Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine "Another riveting addition to one of the finest series in crime fiction. A circuitous plot, finely drawn characters, and Mayor's evocative, writerly grace notes... make this a must-read for crime lovers." - Booklist (starred review)"Over 26 years and 25 books, Joe Gunther has... grown in stature and so has the series." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
*An Indie Next Pick*
A deft mix of storm stories, political shenanigans, small-town procedural stuff and some pretty shocking buried secrets. One of [protagonist] Joe [Gunther]'s best.
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.
From its palpably brilliant opening...to the uncertain denouement... Proof Positive is another riveting addition to one of the finest series in crime fiction. A circuitous plot, finely drawn characters, and Mayor's evocative, writerly grace notes... make this a must-read for crime lovers.
Joe and Gunther and company return in full force in this absorbing sequel to Three Can Keep a Secret ... There's plenty of mystery and suspense to satisfy.
Mayor handles each [of the book's two storylines] adeptly and shrewdly, bringing them to separate and startling conclusions.
Over 26 years and 25 books, Joe Gunther has...grown in stature and so has the series.
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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.
This twenty-fourth entry in a wonderful series is [one of] Mayor's best.