Dead Weight by Steven F Havill
(Bill Gastner #8) (Bill Gastner Mysteries)

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At 69, Sheriff Bill Gastner knows his Posadas, New Mexico, territory almost as well as he has come to understand the human condition. So, when a man is crushed to death by a backhoe, it’s more instinct than fact that leaves him feeling there’s more to the “accident” than meets the eye. 

Further complicating the sherrif’s life, someone is sending out anonymous letters accusing deputy Tom Pasquale of smuggling Mexican nationals across the border. Gastner takes this one personally; he’s fond of his deputy, but he does want the truth. He also knows that it’s an election year and that dirty politics—like murder—can happen anywhere. 

Soon Gastner has two dead bodies on his hands, and a strong desire to ensure that when he does retire, it’s not by way of a well-aimed bullet…
 

About Steven F Havill

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Steven F. Havill lives with his wife of more than forty years, Kathleen, in Ratón, New Mexico. He is the author of more than twenty novels set in the American west, taught secondary schools for 25 years, and recently earned an AAS degree in gunsmithing.
 
Published May 25, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 293 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Sheriff Bill Gastner, now in his late 60s, well-padded around the middle, and sweltering through another patch of the torrid weather in Posadas County, New Mexico, has two problems concerning young deputy Tom Pasquale.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Dead Weight (Bill Gastner #8)...

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Western trends, Chinese traditions and millennial cults clash in this lively and topical Beijing police procedural, the fourth in West's series featuring Det. Wang Anzhuang and his wife, Rosina. Wang

Oct 02 2000 | Read Full Review of Dead Weight (Bill Gastner #8)...

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