Reviews for Prolonged exposure Posadas county mysteries series, book 6. [electronic resource] :

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New Mexico undersheriff Bill Gastner is recovering from heart surgery at his daughter's house in the Midwest. He's feeling well enough to long for the arid desert and green-chili burritos of home. He is rescued by a phone call informing him that his home has been burglarized. Gastner arrives to discover an even bigger problem--a toddler has gone missing in the high country. Working in tandem with his treasured deputy, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, Gastner coordinates a search, but the case seems to be at a dead end until Reyes-Guzman's own toddler is snatched, and they are able to connect the kidnappings. The harrowing conclusion hinges on a frightening black market in which young children are the commodity. The fifth Gastner mystery is another excellent small-town caper in which common sense, compassion, loyalty, and decency are law enforcement's primary tools against an increasingly brutal world. It's a good thing Gastner has had his heart mended because it may be the biggest in contemporary crime fiction. --Wes Lukowsky


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Jerked back to New Mexico's Posadas County while he's recovering from surgery at his daughter's place in Michigan, Undersheriff Bill Gastner (Privileged to Kill, 1997, etc.) finds that, yes, his neighbor Florencio Apodaca has indeed buried his ancient wife Gloria on Bill's property, much to the outrage of Gloria's stepson Stanley Willit and the bemusement of Bill himself. More urgently, Tiffany Cole's three-year-old son Cody has wandered off on Cat Mesa, with every indication of foul play, and detective chief Estelle Reyes-Guzman's son Francis is snatched from his house soon after. What gives? Not as much as you might like, despite some smart detective work from Estelle, whose lightning readings of crime scenes put her head and shoulders above aging, likable Bill. Maybe he should retire and let her take over the franchise. Copyright ŠKirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Library Journal
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This latest Western mystery by Havill (Privileged To Kill, LJ 2/1/97) is a three-parter. First, unknown vandals burglarize the home of Bill Gastner, aging undersheriff of New Mexico's Posadas County. Second, Gastner's nearest neighbor, who is in his eighties, buries his dead wife on Gastner's property, thus instigating suspicions of murder. Finally, a three-year-old disappears from a mesa campground. Although recuperating from surgery and under the watchful eye of his visiting daughter, Gastner handily deals with all three problems?in addition to personal ones that arise. Crisp writing and clarity of focus make this a pleasure to read and essential for any collection. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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Fine storytelling married to a spicy Southwestern setting marks the latest Bill Gastner mystery (following Privileged to Kill, 1997). Gastner, undersheriff in New Mexico's Posadas County, is recuperating from heart surgery at his daughter's Michigan home, but he can't wait to get back home to the land of green-chili burritos and real sunshine. When his chief of detectives, Estelle Reyes-Guzman, calls to tell him that his home has been burglarized, he moves up his departure date and heads home. The action swirls around Gastner like leaves in a high wind. First the burglary: probably kids, but they've managed to steal precious memories along with several guns he had locked up. Then an elderly neighbor, Florencio Apodaca, has mistaken a piece of Gastner's land for his own and buried his wife on it. And finally, a young boy camping in the nearby hills with his parents has managed to disappear, and Posadas County officials are coordinating a massive search for him. As Gastner, his daughter, Camille, and his colleagues all begin to adapt to his physical limitations, Gastner remains a solid center, using his knowledge and experience to good effect as the various cases of burglary, kidnapping and murder play out. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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