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One Perfect Shot
by Steven F. Havill


Overview - When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation-that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter's rifle blew out Larry Zipoli's brains-is soon discarded as inconsistencies surface.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation-that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter's rifle blew out Larry Zipoli's brains-is soon discarded as inconsistencies surface. The fatal bullet shows no rifling marks, and investigation reveals that the shooter walked directly toward the road grader, in full view of the victim-who did nothing to defend himself. In addition to the demands of the investigation, Gastner learns that Sheriff Eduardo Salcido has hired a new deputy without discussing the matter with his undersheriff. Gastner learns that the new hire is destined to be the first female road patrol deputy in the history of Posadas County. Thus begins Gastner's relationship with Estelle Reyes, whose shrewd observations shed important light on a crime that rattles all kinds of skeletons lurking in Posadas County closets.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590589564
  • ISBN-10: 1590589564
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: January 2012
  • Page Count: 250
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds

Series: Posadas County Mysteries (Paperback)

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-10-31
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fans of Havill’s fine multicultural procedural series set in Posadas County, N.Mex., will welcome the unusual 17th entry (after 2011’s Double Prey), a prequel set in 1987. Undersheriff Bill Gastner, the series lead introduced in 1991’s Heartshot, first meets beautiful 19-year-old Estelle Reyes-Guzman, who took over the lead role in 2002’s Scavengers, when Sheriff Eduardo Salcido proposes hiring her as a deputy. Reyes’s initial ride-along with Gastner begins a mutually beneficial mentor relationship as they investigate the puzzling murder of road grader Larry Zipoli, who was shot dead while he sat in his vehicle. Gastner shows himself to be an excellent teacher as he explains how the department works, and the observant Reyes proves herself a quick study as they check out Zipoli’s wife, neighbors, boss, fellow workers, and the youngsters Zipoli liked to take boating. This solid installment is the perfect introduction for new readers. (Jan.)

 
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