Heartshot (Bill Gastner Mystery #1)
Posadas County, New Mexico, hugging the San Cristobal
mountains separating it from Mexico, has very few mean streets. No city-slick
cop shop either, but an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff,
William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, and the girth of his Sam Browne uniform
belt, widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement and doesn t want
one, even if he s
The author could have been going down my personal list of 'likes' when he planned this series. Small western town as the setting, sensible representation of modern day county law enforcement and characters and attitudes that fit in this scenario. Main characters are an aging undersheriff and a younger, sensible and bright female deputy, both of whom go about the business of ...more
His love for the restaurant, Don Juan ... led me to read an informative history about the last conquistador ...
The Last Conquistador: Juan De Onate and the Settling of the Far Southwest
Do wish Mr Havill would add a county librarian to his cast. There are times in his tales when I'm reminded of county departmen ...more
Gastner is the anti-hero's anti-hero. He eats too much of the wrong stuff, he smokes, and he's made no effort to build any kind of life for himself outside of his work. As the book opens, he's afra ...more
I liked this book a lot. It was a fast read - not because it was light, but because the plot was engaging and made me want to finish the book quickly. The characters are well thought out and complex enough to make them real to the reader. The plot to this ...more
Bill Gastner is the under-sheriff, that is, the one who does the work while the real sheriff is really only good with administration and politics, for Posadas County, New Mexico. Gastner is presented with a tragic accident which shocks the whole town. A car is totaled and burned ...more
The town, is small, stuck in New Mexico, the cafe food is all right, the parks' got some trees, and a fountain, grass dries out in the summer. Other than that, it's a long way to a museum an ...more
Our hero is Undersheriff Bill Garstner, the law in a small part of New Mexico where he's rapidly heading towards retirement - in the middle of the small community where he lives, a car crash that claims the lives of five teenagers becomes an even worse tragedy when drugs are discovered and nobody's name is likely to be kept clean. From there, things go from bad to worse as Bill tries to balance his ow ...more
Originally published in 1991.
Bill Gastner is the cantankerous, ornery old Undersheriff of Posadas County. An undersheriff is the person right below the elected position of Sheriff and is appointed by the Sheriff. In the case of fictional Posadas County, the Sheriff is a former used car salesman who is a heck of a businessman but does not know much about law enforcement. So, Bill is literally the old hand that knows his way around the law and the county. Also, he is afraid that the Sheriff might ...more
The sheriff leaned against the doorjamb of my office without saying a word, lounging there until I finally decided to notice him. I grunted what could have been a greeting, and that broke my chain of concentration. I punched the wrong goddamn key, swore, wound the platen up, and began to smear the mess on the paper some more with that miserable white correction fluid that flakes all over everything when ...more
This is the exciting first entry in what looks to be a promising series. Undersheriff Bill Gastner is pushing seventy, overweight and far from fit. With a newly elected sheriff who has no law enforcement experience, Bill is understandably worried about his future. But first, the small sheriff's department has major problems to deal with. Five teenagers die in a car accident while fleeing from a sheriff's deputy. A stash of cocaine is found in the wreck, but who possessed it? The invest ...more
SETTING: New Mexico
First in the series.
I borrowed the above format from another reader's review-- seems a good way to start a series review.
I was hooked on this from the first page. The protagonist is great, a set-in-his ways older guy with bad lifestyle habits, the resulting health constraints, but a good work ethic and the professional wisdom of his years. I like to have a hero with heartburn, who has to think twice about scrambling down a hill. ...more
Bill is aging, paunchy, a smoker and a heart attack waiting to happen. But it is Bill who has the experience when violence and drugs are found in a sleepy little town near the Mexican border. It is Bill who must apprehend the perpetrators. Just goes to show that you can not put a price tag on experience.
I very much enjoyed the relationship between Bill and the young Detectiv ...more
It was really no surprise to discover a particular character's involvement when earlier something fishy ...more
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.