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The Price of Malice (Joe Gunther #20)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  399 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Joe Gunther’s Vermont Bureau of Investigation team is plenty busy trying to solve the grisly murder of Wayne Castine, a suspected child predator who’s got mob ties in the area. But Gunther has other pressing, more personal business to attend to: the old case of his girlfriend Lyn Silva’s father and brother. Fishermen both, they were once believed to be lost at sea. Until t ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 29th 2009)
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Lynne Thomas
Apr 07, 2012 Lynne Thomas rated it liked it
What?! Very disappointed with the ending. Actually, I think that the last chapter which should bring the novel to an end, was forgotten! Here's to hoping that the next book brings closure to this one!
Andy Plonka
Oct 27, 2013 Andy Plonka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I like this series, so I keep wondering why I've missed so many of the entries. In this one Gunther's present squeeze is confronted with the possibility that her father and brother did not die in a boating accident many years ago as he had grown up thinking.
Oct 24, 2016 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Gunther has been somewhat pre-occupied with a rough patch with his current girl friend and when the taskforce is brought into the investigation into the murder of a suspected pedophile, he is often off on his own investigation which eventually leads him to having to rescue her from a kidnapper. I am all ways glad when I come across an new book by Mr. mayor.
James Thane
This is the twentieth entry in Archer Mayor's long-running series featuring Joe Gunther who, through the years, has graduated from being a police officer in Brattleboro, Vermont, to his current position as head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation.

A Brattleboro low-life named Wayne Castine is brutally murdered. Castine has a reputation as a child molester and no one is mourning his passing. Still, the case gets handed off to the VBI and Joe's team begins an exhaustive investigation that comes
Feb 05, 2010 Ginny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
20th in the series of Joe Gunther murder mysteries. This book picks up where "Catch", leaves off. Joe Gunther's girlfriend Lyn has returned home to Gloucester to her mom and younger brother, after learning that her dad and older brother may not have been "lost at sea" as they thought, but perhaps certain dealings had gotten them killed. Back in Brattleboro, the VBI is on a case. A body is discovered, and by all accounts the male victim was a lowlife child molester that would not be missed. But w ...more
Nov 14, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mayor, Archer. THE PRICE OF MALICE. (2009). ****. Mayor is one of those regional crime writers that has picked up a solid following over the years and continues to come out with well-written and well-plotted police procedurals year after year. His series hero is Joe Gunther, now a senior officer in the VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation). You wouldn’t think a lot of crime happens in Vermont, but there’s enough – if only in the author’s mind – to support Gunther and his crew. What makes these n ...more
First Sentence: Willy Kunkle gently removed his one functional hand from the bare back of the woman stretched out beside him and reached for the softly buzzing cell phone on the night table.

Wayne Castine, a suspected pedophile, has been found brutally stabbed, in the apartment of a neighbor who didn’t know him. While Willy, Sammie and the VBI team work to solve the murder, Joe is off on a personal investigation. He is helping his girlfriend, Lyn, discover who murdered her father and brother.

I lo
Dec 13, 2009 Kayeb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a joe gunther book and it is generally a good read. I enjoy getting to know these key characters, and enjoy seeing a bit more unfolding for his colleagues as well. I am, personally, not yet so fond of his new squeeze.....don't know why relationships I like so often get torn apart by authors!

Wayne Castine was found brutally murdered and the murderer remains at large. Castine, a suspected child predator, was killed in Brattleboro where he was involved with a tangled network of an extended
This is #20 in the Joe Gunther series, and since I've read all of them over the years, in order, it's like visiting an old friend. I enjoy these books b/c of the locale (Vermont), the main characters (police officers), the writing (talented), and Mayor's social commentary. The latter struck me this time since it's not typical for a mystery series, meaning his commentary on the communities and neighborhoods, and how the economic and industrial history of a place, focusing on New England here, of ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Rob1109 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about Archer Mayor? I've read three of his books now and have thoroughly enjoyed each one immensely. I don't consider Mr. Mayor an author bur rather a "storyteller." The man writes beautifully. He gives enough personal information so that you feel for and identify with not just the protagonist, Joe Gunther, but also secondary characters as well. (How can you not love Willy Kunkle?)

When writing descriptions he sets the scene and makes you feel as if you are really there--without go
Aug 06, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-enforcement
#20 in the Joe Gunther series. I really enjoyed the lumberyard encounter between team member Willie Kunkle and one of his informants.

Joe Gunther series - When the body of 32-year-old Wayne Castine, "stabbed a bunch of times, and maybe shot and beaten," turns up in an amateur prostitute's apartment in Brattleboro, Vt., Gunther and his team investigate. Evidence suggests Castine, who had a relationship with a colorful trailer park family, was a pedophile or even a psychopath. Meanwhile, new inform
Nov 16, 2009 Corny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This is one of the better Joe Gunther mysteries featuring the Vermont detective who ventures into Maine and Massachusetts for this adventure. For those who appreciate well drawn characters as opposed to fast action, you will not be disappointed here. Sometimes there is more background than you need or want but on the whole, the members of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are all interesting and unique characters. Mayor explores some themes not usually seen in mystery novels and of course ther ...more
While Joe Gunther and his team of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are pursuing leads in the death of a suspected child predator, he and his girlfriend Lyn Silva are in the midst of a separate case in Maine involving her father and brother long believed to be lost at sea.

The story itself was interesting enough. Did I love it? No. However, I liked that there were two mysteries going on simultaneously. There was excitement happening in various New England locations - Brattleboro, Vermont, Glou
Nov 26, 2009 judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I love the Joe Gunther series because I am a sucker for Vermont, Maine and small towns. This is the 20th in the series but it missed something for me. Perhaps it was that Joe was so detached from his crew. More likely it was the scuz factor. I really didn't like having to spend so much time with icky characters. Not to worry, fans. The mystery (mysteries) is still solid and moves right along. I liken my reaction to having to eat a brussels sprout in the middle of a favorite dinner. A moment of y ...more
I had to read this book for my mystery book club and I really wasn't that impressed by it. It was too "NCIS" for me where you have these four characters that solve the case together instead of one central person doing it. Then there was 2 mysteries in the book which had no relevance to each other which was frustrating in itself. It would have been nice if Archer Mayor had tied the two mysteries together somehow. I won't be reading the rest of the series I'm afraid.
Nov 07, 2010 Scilla rated it really liked it
Joe Gunther is investigating the saveage murder of Brattleboro low life, Wayne Castine, when he goes to Maine to help out Lyn, who has found her father and brother were probably murdered. The two investigations are interleaved, and Lyn gets herself into a dangerous situation, trying to follow up on where her father's boat was finally found. Wayne's murder is found to probably have something to do with his being a child preditor.
Feb 23, 2012 Marca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Gunther, a continuing character who is a member of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation, searches for the killer of 32-year old male pedophile. Joe also tries to help his girlfriend Lyn Silva find out what happened to her father and brother who vanished from their boat off the New England coast. Not as engaging as other Gunther stories I've read, but still good. Joe is a good, solid character.
Ada Iaboni
I've now read a few of Archer Mayor's books of the Joe Gunther series and they are somewhat simple comparing them to Lee Child's or Michael Connolly or Harlan Coben's, but they are fun to read. This one was better than some of the other but still not too suspenseful. Worth reading, if you like murder mysteries.
Apr 17, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The gritty side of life in Brattleboro is exposed in this Joe Gunther story as the VBI investigates the grisly murder of Wayne Castine. Additionally, Joe is distracted as his girlfriend, Lyn Silva, is kidnapped in Maine while she tries to find out what happened to her father and brother, lobster fishermen from Glouster.
Oct 19, 2011 Edie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police procedural taking place in Vermont and Maine. Good description of scenery and way of life in this part of the country. Bought the book at the Orrs Island library book sale. Definitely worth the $1.00 I paid for it (and more).
Feb 28, 2010 Herzog rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, mystery
I'm a fan of this series, but this was a little strained. The two plot lines stretched the believability of the book. I continue to enjoy the interplay between the characters, especially Joe, Willie and Sam.
Forgot about Joe Gunther for a while, so I got the last 2 books out, not remembering how far I'd read. This one turned out to be a re-read but it brought me back up to speed on the characters. Not one of his best, but the refresh was good for me.
Brett Wallach
Okay police procedural marred by silly subplot to pad this to over 300 pages, and sloppy writing and editing (tons of adverbs, and the word "scowling appears at least two dozen times). People are here are freakin' easy graders.
Jan 01, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Archer Mayor. I enjoy the local color, being a bit familiar with Brattleboro VT. I have read most all of the Joe Gunther mysteries, and enjoy following his life, as well as the mysteries he solves.
Oct 21, 2015 Sproutinpages rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Couple stories going at same time

All his books have characters you understandably get to know like you really get in their lives. Friends or does you want to know what happens to them next.
Jul 07, 2010 Paulah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mayor-mysteries
Another great Joe Gunther story. Liked this one much, much more than the story it continues. Willy and Sammy play prominent roles.
Beth Lechman
A murder of a sexual predator leads investigators to solve the disappearance of two lobster fisherman that had been missing for several years.
Really like the way Mayor writes two seemingly unrelated stories that, naturally, are related after all.
Feb 12, 2016 Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one

Good twin stories exploring complex and dysfunctional family systems, with some dysfunctional cops thrown in. One of the best of Mayor I've read.
Feb 04, 2010 Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-bookshelf
Joe Gunther has too much on his plate in this latest in Mayor's Vermont VBI series. Joe has his hands full and it's a good thing that his crew is as good at what they do as they are.
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