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This is the fourth novel in Archer Mayor's excellent Joe Gunther series.  Odd as
it seems, these are hard-boiled police procedurals set in Brattleboro Vermont.

 For the most part, Mayor has kept the action in Vermont, but in this entry
Gunther travels to Chicago to unravel the mystery surrounding a twenty year old
skeleton with an artificial knee.  He's soon involved with mobsters, ex-radicals
from the Sixties & police turf battles.

The action concludes back in Vermont at Bread and Puppets, a bizarre combination
of Left-wing puppet shows and baked breads that tours Vermont.  It's these bits
of genuine local flavor, as well as the likable Gunther and Mayor's sharp
writing,  that help this series stand out from the many competitors


Grade: (B)


See also:

Archer Mayor (2 books reviewed)
Archer Mayor Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Archer Mayor
    -BOOK SITE: Bomber's M (MacMillan)
-PROFILE: Through police procedurals and 'everyman' protagonist, Vermont's Mayor on a journey of self-discovery (John McGauley, Feb 23, 2019, Sentinel Source)
    -PROFILE: Archer Mayor releases new book, “Bomber’s Moon” (Vermont Journal, 9/19/19)
    -A special preview of Bomber’s Moon by Archer Mayor (Stratton Magazine, May 21, 2019)
-INTERVIEW: The Interrogation Room: A Q&A with author Archer Mayor (CRIME HQ, October 18, 2022, Criminal Element)
    -AUDIO INTERVIEW: Interview: Archer Mayor on the return of Joe Gunther (Jane Lindholm, June 3, 2009, VPR)
    -AUDIO INTERVIEW: Archer Mayor On 30 Years Of Detective Novels, Law Enforcement And Making Vermont Home (JANE LINDHOLM & MATTHEW F. SMITH, SEP 27, 2019, VPR: Vermont Edition)
    -INTERVIEW: Detective Novelist Archer Mayor Talks Character, Story and Making a Living (PAMELA POLSTON, Seven Days)
    -PROFILE: For Archer Mayor, the press is the enemy of the perpetrator (Kevin O'Connor, Sep 28 2018, VT Digger)
    -VIDEO INTERVIEW: (Fran Stoddard, 03/18/02, VT PBS: Profile)
    -PROFILE: Brattleboro: Vermont's Hotbed Of Fictional Crime (Neda Ulaby, August 1, 2011, NPR: Morning Edition)
    -ARCHIVES: "archer mayor" (NY Times)
    -ARCHIVES: "archer mayor" (YouTube)
    -REVIEW: of Bomber's Moon by Archer Mayor (Kirkus)
    -REVIEW: of Bomber's Moon (Publishers weekly)
    -REVIEW: of Bo
-REVIEW: of Bomber's Moon (Bruce Tierney, BookPage)
    -REVIEW: of Bomber's Moon (Carolyn Haley, new york journal of books)
    -REVIEW: of Trace ( KRISTIN CENTORCELLI, Criminal Element)
    -REVIEW: of Trace (Publishers Weekly)
    -REVIEW: of The Surrogate Thief (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of
-REVIEW: of Proof Positive (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Price of Malice (Marilyn Stasio, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Open Season (Angel Soto, Reviewing the Evidence)
    -REVIEW: of Open Season (Publishers Weekly)

Book-related and General Links:

Other books in the Joe Gunther series:

Mayor, Archer
(Lt. Joe Gunther Mysteries)
    -Open Season
    -Scent of Evil
    -The Skeleton's Knee
    -Fruits of the Poisonous Tree
    -The Ragman's Memory
    -The Dark Root
    -Bellows Falls

If you like the Joe Gunther series, try:

Jaspersohn, William
    -Native Angels

Boyle, Gerry
(Jack McMorrow Mysteries)