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Heartshot by Steven F. Havill
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Feb 08, 2009

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-mysteries
Read in February, 2009

Heartshot: an Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery No. 1, by Steven Havill, B-plus, borrowed from the Library for the Blind, cassettes. Also available commercially as a download from audible.com, produced by Books in Motion.

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, and there are five dead teenagers, all well known to the town, at least two of them on the football team. During the investigation, Gastner and his detective Detective Reyes, find a small bag of cocaine. They wonder if the accident is drug-related. Then he meets Dr. Sprague, an older now mostly retired doctor who seems very interested in the case. The sheriff decides to accept the help of the FBI who send a young man to infiltrate the kids to find out what is going on. Soon, there are two more murders, another kid and the cop. Scott’s murder is made to look like a suicide. Gastner realizes that he and his detective have to get on top of this problem or the killings may continue. This is a thriller, an adventure a minute including planes, model planes, and drug trafficking. It is quite good.

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