The Marble Mask
There are old cases and there are cold cases, and then there are old, cold cases… Special Agent Joe Gunther, of the newly-formed Vermont Bureau of Investigation, didn’t expect the VBI’s first case to be a fifty year-old murder. Then again, the victim probably didn’t expect to get an icepick in the heart, spend half a century in a chest freezer, and be unceremoniously dumped on the slopes of a ski resort with his feet sawed-off. He was, after all, a man who commanded some respect.
Stirring up the past can be a dangerous business. Gunther soon finds himself in a cross-border partnership with the Sûreté du Québec, investigating a Canadian mob family whose crimes date back to World War II, but who remain just as deadly as ever.
The Marble Mask is the eleventh Joe Gunther novel.
“Archer Mayor is the very model of a modern hard-boiled detective writer.”
— Clark Cox, The Pilot
“His sense of place is as good as any extant mystery author, and his characters, especially the bad guys and the suspects, are brilliantly painted.”
— Les Roberts, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Time warp murder is an intriguing conceit […] Gunther’s a sweetie and Vermont is, well, quaint.”
— Jane Dickinson, Rocky Mountain News
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About Archer Mayor
New York Times bestselling author Archer Mayor has been a photographer, teacher, historian, editor, travel writer, lab technician, political advance man, medical illustrator, journalist, publications consultant, constable, and EMT/firefighter. He is half Argentine, bilingual, and has lived in several countries on two continents. Currently, he’s a novelist, a death investigator for Vermont’s medical examiner, and a police officer.
Find him on the web at ArcherMayor.com