Privileged to Kill (Bill Gastner Mystery, #5)
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Privileged to Kill (Bill Gastner Mystery #5)

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Cruising along state road 17, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is sitting warm and comfortable in his patrol car, looking for no one or nothing in particular, when he first lays eyes on Wesley Crocker, who is pushing his baggage-laden old bicycle toward Posadas along the road's shoulder. Gastner notices the man's flat tire and offers him a lift into town. Now, Gastner is not one...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by St. Martin's Press
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Robert J.
This is the best-written of the Gastner novels I've read so far, very subtle characterizations and excellent use of point of view. There is perhaps a little too much brow furrowing, but it's all showing at least, not telling. The mystery is engaging, as is the police procedural aspect. I do wonder how Gastner makes it through the novel, though, no spoilers but jeez....
#5 in the Posadas County mystery series. This series adds real life issues such as aging and heart problems to the mystery venue. Rural Posadas County, NM on the Mexican border provides yet another dimension to raise this series above many of its cookie cutter brethren. Undersheriff Bill Gastner serves as mentor to his brilliant young deputy Estelle Guzman-Reyes.

Posadas County mystery - Bill Gastner labors 'round the clock to solve the death of 15-year-old Maria Ibarra. The first suspect is Wesl...more
PROTAGONIST: Undersheriff Bill Gastner
SETTING: New Mexico

I'm still loving Gastner and his colleagues, but this one had a character that I didn't think rang true, and whose story never really got wrapped up. Annoying. Also, I think he was going for a look at how police treat " people of interest" differently depending on their backgrounds, and it didn't work for me.
Outstanding, small town southwest mystery series. Great writing, good plots and not over the top at all. Highly recommend anything by Steve Havill.
Michele bookloverforever
I recommend this mystery series. set in small town in new mexico not far from the mexican border. main characters are interesting and plots are decent.
A good series with solid characters and interesting mysteries. I've now read three in the series and am still really enjoying it.
Gypsy Lady
Fictional American Southwest setting featuring Sheriff Gastner and company.
Jim Sampson
Another great edition to this fine series.
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Steven F. Havill is an American author of mysteries and westerns.

Havill lives in Raton, New Mexico, with his wife Kathleen. He has written two series of police procedurals set in the fictional Posadas County, New Mexico; along with other works.

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