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Occam's Razor (Joe Gunther #10)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  467 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
The body was positioned so that the train neatly obliterated its head and hands. Dressed in a homeless man's clothes with empty pockets, it might easily be passed-off as an unfortunate John Doe. And yet… Joe Gunther has a knack for knowing when things don't quite add up, and the math in this case is all kinds of wrong. Add a toxic waste dumping scheme, a stabbing, and a wh ...more
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published March 28th 2013 by MarchMedia (first published 1999)
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Harry Lane
Aug 01, 2016 Harry Lane rated it really liked it
Gunther makes you feel the frost of the Vermont winter such is the clarity and strength of his writing. He uses that talent to great effect in this installment of the Joe Gunther series. In addition to a well-plotted police procedural, he makes his characters and their interactions entirely believable. Highly recommended.
May 01, 2015 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
SETTING: Brattleboro, Vermont
RATING: 4.25
WHY: When you pick up a book by Archer Mayor, you know you're going to have something to sink your teeth into. Occam's Razor doesn't disappoint. The plot is quite complicated, with 4 threads weaving through the narrative--the murder of man placed on railroad tracks, the killing of a hooker, the bureaucratic battle to change the nature of policing in Vermont and the changing relationship between Gail and Joe. Not to mention various sub-threads i
Chris D'Antonio
Sep 28, 2015 Chris D'Antonio rated it it was amazing
This was my first foray into Archer Mayor's crime novels, after hearing about them and their local setting in Vermont on WNYC. I found myself impressed by the author's local knowledge and knowledge of police procedure. I could see some becoming frustrated in the delving into the details of police detective work, but with my own work experience I have no problem hoping inside the machine and seeing how it works while it's working. All in all this one was an immensely enjoyable story of whodunnit, ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Rob1109 rated it it was ok
After reading four books by Archer Mayor, he quickly became one of my five favorite authors. Along with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Michael Connelly and David Baldacci, I didn’t simply read Mayor novels: Instead I dove into them headfirst. Aint nothin’ like sitting in your favorite chair and escaping reality with a good book.

The last Mayor novel I read, ‘The Catch,’ left me feeling a bit flat. I rated that book 4 stars when, in all honesty, I should’ve given it 3 stars. But I like Mayor’s writing st
Those who prefer the more slam-bam action-filled books, will probably not like this title. A side plot involves Vermont police politics as one senator wants to combine all the police agencies in the state under one umbrella, and Joe is asked to testify to its merits. This little side-show has only a peripheral connection to the investigation into the killing of a man whose body was laid on railroad tracks to obliterate hands and head, making identification much more difficult. One of the witness ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brandon Garde and my brother.
I quite liked this mid-series police procedural by a Vermont author - my first. The characters are people I'll be glad to revisit, and while it's brain-candy, there's enough meat to make it a more substantive read than some other popular authors.

I also appreciated the main character's acknowledgement that no matter how proud of themselves many Vermonters are for strictly being from Vermont, the state has some issues. One blurb: Thunder road is located in the hills above Barre, covering one hund
Dec 31, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#10 in the Joe Gunther series. Joe is the homicide lieutenant for the Brattleboro, VT PD. He is a laid back, hands on leader, who manages to get the most from his disparate crew. This series is known for bringing out the flavor of Vermont.

#10 - Joe Gunther and his squad have two murders to handle - a bum is decapitated on a railroad track and a prostitute is savagely stabbed to death. The cases may be connected and they may have ties to a state senator trying to reorganize the Vermont police dep
george burns
Apr 01, 2015 george burns rated it it was amazing
The Color Gray

The book starts with the question of why is a dead man positioned to have a train run over him. An interesting problem, but what makes this book a standout are the layers of complexity. The investigation proves difficult and time consuming. Successes alternate with failures. Meanwhile, there are personal problems that are important, but not intrusive. There are also politics: are the Vermont police departments going to get a major overhaul? Through it all Mr. Mayor retains a subtle
1999, #10 Lt. Joe Gunther, Brattleboro VT; police procedural. Three creepy guys leave a bum on the train tracks where he’s decapitated, a young lady with extremely questionable motives (and activities) gets herself and her baby killed, and somebody is trying to set up a politician who might be the next governor.

Another extraordinarily satisfying entry in this long series about a nice guy/cop in Vermont, with pretty much everything that the PP reader requires - several cases twist and turn into
Oct 14, 2015 Kay rated it liked it
Archer Mayor is an excellent writer and his books give you a greater sense of place than most other police procedurals but... Sometimes his plots have so many threads it is hard to keep everything straight. Several times in this book I had to go back and reread to get characters straight. On the other hand I don't want fluff and you certainly don't get it. The Joe Guenther books contain a whole group of real people flaws and all and along with the setting sets the series apart.
Enrico Tassinari
Jun 15, 2016 Enrico Tassinari rated it really liked it
In a serie, especially a crime serie, one of the things I consider important is the development of the horizontal line, how every novel affects the development of the characters, how watershred moments affect the rest of the serie. Joe Gunther's has just few of these moments so I really appreciate when another one occurs, and the ending chapters of "The Occam's Razor" looks just like it. All in all just another good procedural but hopefully a pivotal point in serie just like "Friuts of the poiso ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Tulay rated it really liked it
Glad I read this book.

Good plot, politics, drugs and toxic waste. Characters you'll love, some of them are sensitive and giving. Learned about Occam's Razor and State of Vermont. I always go to Google Earth and look at the photos. Will be reading more of his books.
Tina Simmons
Aug 08, 2016 Tina Simmons rated it it was ok
Ho hum

I enjoy murder mysteries generally. I have enjoyed a few of Archer Mayors other works. This piece was not his finest. It is so filled with negative foreshadowing, I almost dreaded finding answers. There were a couple of plot points left dangling - which drives me bonkers, and the characters were unswervingly depressive. I survived reading this by sheer willpower.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you like police / crime novels - you can't go wrong with this one

I have really enjoyed this book more so than some of Mayor's others. It has plots and sub plots going for it as well as a realistic "feel" to it. If you like police / crime novels - you can't go wrong with this one.
Dec 26, 2015 Debbie rated it it was ok
Not my favorite and had a hard time getting through it. Still I love Archer Mayor's books and consider him one of my favorite mystery writers.
Al Stoess
Aug 11, 2014 Al Stoess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gunter fans. Mayor fans.
Book is all right. What is great is Mayor's tremendous descriptions of Vermont and it cites, towns. geography, etc.
Jul 21, 2016 Peggy rated it liked it
Predictable but I enjoy following Joe and his team in Vermont.
Jul 26, 2010 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came from a book sale in Hinesburg, VT so I purposely chose it as well as another book by the same author. I found it easy to read with interesting characters. The setting is Brattleboro, a town or city we have not visited, but it is still interesting. Joe Gunther goes several times to Montpelier, where we have been, and we drive thru Bristol, another location mentioned. There is an unfortunate relationship between Joe and his signficant other, Gail, where she had suffered from a rape ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing
This was my first Archer Mayor, but it won't be my last. A very well written mystery. Interesting characters, strong plot line.
Dennis Fischman
Sep 03, 2016 Dennis Fischman rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, nonfiction
I couldn't find this one at the library until I'd read one or two of the series that come after it. Oddly enough, I think I liked the book better because of that. It filled in the gaps in what I knew about Joe, Gail, Willy, Sammie, and the creation of the VBI. The mystery itself was satisfying. Too many characters, though. You should make a list as you go along to remember who they were and how they were related.
Jan 22, 2016 Gmaharriet rated it liked it
This book seemed to be about some major transitions for its hero, Joe Gunther. It seemed to focus more on the events leading up to the transitions than about a more typical murder mystery, and to me, the book seemed weaker than the preceding stories. I'll continue reading the next book in the series, hoping that it will get back to the stronger tales of catching bad guys, but this one was a disappointment.
Jun 15, 2012 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to be impressed on how easy and enjoyable this series is to read. The way he writes makes me feel like I am touring the countyside and meeting the characters that are a part of the book. The main character, Joe Gunther, is not a super hero or daredevil but a detective, who with the help of his squad, methodically works his cases until conclusion.
Sep 25, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think my favorite of the Joe Gunther series. This one explains the start of the VBI and deals with some of the political ties that that made this fictional organization come about. The story line was great also, but I personally liked the creation of this new unit that Archer Mayor uses so well.
Aug 14, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joe-gunther
This was a change of pace - a significantly slower pace - than the books I've been reading lately. It took awhile for me to slow down, but once I did, it was an enjoyable read.
Mary Metcalf
Jan 02, 2015 Mary Metcalf rated it liked it
Good book with lots of Vermont interest.
Steve Clark
Nov 05, 2012 Steve Clark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Not one of my favorites. Perhaps too much politics, and in a presidential election year, that's the last thing I want in a murder mystery.
Aug 14, 2012 Winifred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series mystery books are page turners. As soon as I finished one I began another.
Sep 28, 2016 Jeffrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mayor
A good solid book - enjoy reading about Joe and his team. Also know the area well
Feb 24, 2016 E rated it really liked it
Another good Joe Gunther book! Someday I'll get through them all.
Vacation Read, couldn't really concentrate, but it was a time filler
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