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The Catch (Joe Gunther #19)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  341 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Joe Gunther, a policeman for most of his adult life, gets the call that every cop hates: A fellow officer has been killed in the line of duty.During what appears to have been a routine traffic stop on a dark country Vermont road, a deputy sheriff was shot to death. From what can be seen onthe cruiser’s video recorder, the killers appear to be acouple of Boston-based drug r ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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After the last few Gunther novels, my expectations were low. (While on my latest reading jag, I read one of the books without even realizing I had already read it before!)

This one was a bit better. Once again, most of the action takes place outside of Vermont, but this time it did not seem as forced as the last few novels. Most of the references to Joe's age have been muted (I think, if the timeline for his life established way back in Open Season was still being followed, Gunther would be over
Despite a strong opening that caught my attention - a shooting during a routine traffic stop in a remote stretch of Vermont - I quickly discovered that Mayor's police procedurals are not for me, mainly because they feel "all procedural" and nothing else really develops over the first dozen chapters. Characters, cops, agents, and criminals are introduced and hustled by to make way for more, and through the barrage I had to continually remind myself who was who, what agency was what, and how it al ...more
There was nothing extraordinary that stands out in 'The Catch.' It's a typical Archer Mayor novel--and there's nothing wrong with that AT ALL.

The story was good, albeit a touch confusing in the middle. But as always, it's very easy to identify and feel for the same ol' cast of characters--Joe, Sammie, Willy, Les, the secondary characters are also developed well.

Mr Mayor, as always, does a fine job of bringing fictional characters to life with simple words, actions and dialogue. The bo
Deputy Sheriff Brian Sleuter stops a suspicious vehicle for a routine traffic stop. Before he is able to complete his paperwork life comes to an end for Sleuter. Joe Gunther is called in to investigate. Joe is head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Sleuter’s vehicle was equipped so that he would be taped while making the stop and his killer was caught on tape.

Gunter has officers checking Sleuter’s background just to be sure that there was nothing underhanded in his history that could have
THE CATCH (Pol. Proc-Joe Gunther-New England-Cont) - Okay
Mayor, Archer – 19th in series
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312381912

First Sentence: Deputy Sheriff Brian Sleuter was looking for a better country/western station when the Toyota flew by, spraying a few roadside pebbles against the front bumper of his cruiser.

Joe Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation have been called in to assist on a drug-related cop killing. Pharmaceutical drugs are being brought in from
Ada Iaboni
Once again I find myself in the middle of a series. My first book from this author and my first of his series. Although not familiar with the characters, it was still an easy read. The story was not complicated and many things were resolved by sheer luck and happenings around the investigation.
I will read one or two more books from this author to get a better sense of his style and story-lines.
An easy read for a summer by the shore book.
#19 in the Joe Gunther series. Surprise development as a result of keen observation by team member Willie Kunkle.

Joe Gunther series - Vermont deputy sheriff Brian Sleuter gets shot while making a traffic stop. The video camera on Sleuter's cruiser taped the murder, so it appears to be a simple case. Since the pair that Sleuter stopped have a drug history, Joe Gunther coordinates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Boston. In a smash-bang arrest attempt, one suspect is killed, the other e
Andy Plonka
I've gotten hooked on Mayor of late but have not been reading the Gunther series in order. This one provides some back story for me on Gunther's relationship with Lynne.
It is a detective novel. Not outstanding and not bad. The best aspect of the novel is the sense of place and people. I k ow many of the places described and find the descriptions to be comfortable. If you want to read about New England this book will make you feel like a native. If you want a great mystery, you may want to look elsewhere. The story moves the characters are believable and everything isn't wrapped in a bow at the end so I felt I got my money's and time worth from the book. It just ...more
Good book. I really like Joe Gunther
This time a deputy is shot on Route 7 south of Vergennes and the search takes Joe to the coast of Maine in hopes of finding the suspect who is involved in a drug ring. There is an interesting twist at the end. The story is light reading and there were a number of characters that I had to continually remind myself who they were. I particularly like Mayor's stories because I can get a real feel for the place as he names actual locations and captures the essence of the communities.
A murder mystery for a change
A solid additon to a mystery, "police procedural" series set in Vermont and featuring Joe Gunther. I've read this series from the beginning and it's one where I'll actually buy the latest in hard cover. It took me awhile to get to this one - savoring the anticipation - and it's an enjoyable, read it in one swell foop book. If you like cop mysteries and want to get a good flavor of Vermont (also, in this book, something of Maine), then you'll like this series.
Jeff Dickison
What begins as a fairly good entry into this series loses steam about half-way through and plods to a very unsatisfying ending. It appears that the author is trying to tell us that life is sometimes trivial and slightly depressing. The murder which starts the book off is solved almost by accident. This could have been better.
How can you live in South Central New Hampshire and not like an author who lives in Brattleboro, Vermont. I have read all of Mayor's books; he has written better books than this one but it is an entertaining mystery spiced by a developing romantic relationship and the lobster industry in Maine. Try it, and get to his other books.
A better than average Joe Gunther mystery. I like them because of the setting, Vermont, NH or ME, mostly Vermont where I have spent a lot of time and know the area. The characters are interesting and Gunther himself is very real. Can be read in one day and is very entertaining although not very deep.
I was hoping to like this more than I did. An overabundance of characters and a slow moving plot took a few stars away. It got me back a little when the pieces started falling into place, but then I was dissatisfied with the reveal of the murderer. Not great, but it had a few good things too.
Luis Perez
Fiction. A police investigator looks into a state trooper’s death and subsequently stumbles across a growing drug operation, family dysfunction, law enforcement turf battles and surprising twists.

An enjoyable police mystery. Good summer read or for a cold winter's night.
Story and characters were all over the place. Confusing.
I love Archer Mayor mysteries but this one was just OK. The drug theme and too much "law enforcement details" was a bit of a bore for my taste. This was not up to Mr.Mayor's usual page turning style. I will look forward to next year's book however!
Nov 02, 2008 Wyma rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wyma by:
The same cast of characters we've enjoyed previously added to law enforcement characters in New Hampshire and Maine. Mayor catches our attention quickly with a cop killing and layers the plot with drug dealing and lobster fishermen.
A police procedural where the main character has a quiet strength about him and a good guy air. A quick, easy read. This book takes place in various locations in New England and describes the scenery and people very well.
Lynne Thomas
The least favorite "Joe Gunther"novel, I've read. The plot was all over the place, literally and figuratively. The ending didn't feel like an ending but just a stop. Here's hoping Book 20 in the series, is better reading.
Laura Shannon
One of those mysteries that is all about police procedure. There is very little here in terms of character development. It is not poorly written, quite the contrary, but is just not my kind of mystery.
This series has pretty much jumped the shark. Readable, certainly, and of more than marginal interest to me since I am working on a news story about drugs in New England, but not exactly a barn-burning read.
I'm generally a big fan of this series, but I thought this outing was a disappointment. Way too much misdirection and procedural stuff, not enough of the character development in previous books.
This series is consistently enjoyable. With the advent of a new love interest for Gunther, it's taken on new vitality. I find the recurring characters of Willy and Sam appealing.
Good story, taking place in coastal Maine, largely. The ending was not entirely satisfactory, but does reflect reality, rather than having everything tied up in a neat package.
Sigh. Another book I picked up randomly when I needed something to entertain me for a few hours - the end was AWFUL and extremely anti-climatic with no resolution!
Oct 15, 2008 Patricia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Susanne
Shelves: mystery
Latest entry in an excellent police procedural that I was turned onto years ago by Kevin, the mystery bookseller in Borders Framingham.
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Over the years, Archer Mayor has been photographer, teacher, historian, scholarly editor, feature writer, travel writer, lab technician, political advance man, medical illustrator, newspaper writer, history researcher, publications consultant, constable, and EMT/firefighter. He is also half Argentine, speaks two languages, and has lived in several countries on two continents.

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