Paradise City

Paradise City

Book - 2012
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Now a New York Times bestselling series, "Even in beautiful Vermont, Archer Mayor finds shadows . . . and his detective, Joe Gunther, finds a way to beat them back." -- NPR

Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are alerted to a string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont. Someone, in addition to flatscreens, computers, and stereos, has also been stealing antiques and jewelry.

Meanwhile, in Boston, an elderly woman surprises some thieves in her Beacon Hill home and is viciously murdered. The Boston police find that not only is the loot similar to what's being stolen in Vermont, but it may have the same destination. Word is out that someone powerful is purchasing these particular kinds of items in the "Paradise City" of Northampton, Mass.

Gunther, the Boston Police, and the vengeful granddaughter of the murdered old lady convene on Northampton, eager to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the "responsible parties"--although each is motivated to mete out some very different penalties.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312681951
Characteristics: viii, 306 p. ; 25 cm.


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BPLNextBestAdults Jan 17, 2013

Northampton Massachusetts, aka Paradise City, is just that to the thousands of tourists who flock there every year. But Vermont Bureau of Investigation agent Joe Gunther knows better – Northampton’s vibrant arts community hides a subculture which is the perfect nexus for a crime wave that spreads from bucolic Vermont all the way down to the historic streets of Boston’s Beacon Hill. Agent Gunther and the VBI follow the trail of seemingly unrelated burglaries across Vermont, through Boston, and eventually realize that Northampton hides the mastermind that they are looking for.

Nov 28, 2012

Archer Mayor delivers another excellent mystery novel. This is a consistently rewarding series from one of the best writers of police procedurals working today. To quote from a Globe and Mail review of another of his recent books, “One of the best series around… with its excellent noir touches, terrific plot, and really interesting central character, it ought to appear at the top of most lists.”

emily8 Nov 27, 2012

Mayor once again writes with class - enough of an edge to stay well within the bounds of the genre without the need to be graphic or gross...


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