The tony ski town of Tucker Peak, Vermont is experiencing a rash of condo burglaries. Normally this wouldn’t be a case for Joe Gunther and the newly formed VBI, but when high-profile people have their high-value possessions stolen, names get dropped and strings get pulled. Turns out it’s just as well they called in Joe, since once they begin investigating, the case suddenly develops a body count. Between drug-dealing, burglary, financial shenanigans, ecoterrorism, sabotage and murder, something deathly serious is going on behind the resort’s pristine veneer.
Tucker Peak is the twelfth Joe Gunther novel.
“The 12th book in Mayor’s series is the best yet, filled with his usual strong characters, evocative settings, well-researched backgrounds and polished writing. [...] Often labeled a ‘regional’ writer, Mayor, with his intelligent plots, wit, relaxed style and understanding of human relationships, deserves wider recognition.”
—Peter Cannon, Publishers Weekly
“This 12th Gunther mystery by Mayer (now a Vermont constable) again vividly portrays the hardscrabble life of southern Vermont, with its ambivalence toward the ski industry that sustains much of the economy and its dependence on snow.”
—Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal
“It always storms in the last chapter of an Archer Mayor novel—the better for this rugged stylist to top off the narrative with a snow-blinding, wind-howling action scene like the mountain chase that brings Tucker Peak to its invigorating close […] But there’s a point to these theatrics, which are ground cover for a solid study of the ski industry, with Tucker Peak as the ‘company town’ whose complex infrastructure reveals what wrong and what’s right about a business that spells economic life or death for a fragile region.”
—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
“Why do we like [Joe Gunther]? Because he pays attention to details; because he relates to people in the quiet, effective way that we only dream of doing; and because he cares about protecting his world, rural Vermont, from the horrors that turn the rest of us into cynical mavericks. All of those qualities are on display in this twelfth episode in the series, which finds Gunther and his colleagues going undercover to investigate a crime spree at a ski resort. In the course of exposing the seamy infrastructure of the ski industry, Mayor again displays his remarkable ability to meld setting and character into a fully realized whole.”
—Bill Ott, Booklist
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