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Fruits of the Poisonous Tree (Joe Gunther Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Joe Gunther Mysteries (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446403741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446403740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This latest case featuring Brattleboro, Vt., detective Joe Gunther is the series' most ambitious entry-and its most flawed. Two hours after Joe leaves the bed of his lover, Gail Zigman, she is raped. The rapist's methodology-including tiny knife wounds, property destruction and underwear draped across a lamp shade-strongly hints at the identity of Gail's assailant: local deadbeat and drunk Bob Vogel, who has raped before and gotten away with it. This time the case against Vogel is a sound one, especially after he stabs Joe during a chase in an underground tunnel. But there are subtle discrepancies between Gail's rape and Vogel's earlier ones. Is there a copycat rapist on the prowl? Mayor's attempt to enter the traumatized minds of Gail and Joe is courageous and partially successful, but too many cardboard characters impede the story. The feminists supporting Gail are too strident, the local newspaperman is too crusading, the local politicians are too self-serving and the prime suspect is too, too vile. This novel is, overall, a morass-and an unexpected one after the author's success with such earlier Joe Gunther novels as Borderlines. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This police procedural has little to do with childish things. Rudely awakened early in the morning, Brattleboro, Vermont, detective Joe Gunther learns that his long-time girlfriend has been raped. Since she's the board of selectmen's chair, the case becomes a cause celebre, with journalists, politicians, feminists, and other police pointing fingers and claiming attention. Although close to the victim, Gunther heads the investigation, carefully following all details of proper procedure. Mayor's (The Skeleton's Knee, LJ 11/1/93) smooth, measured prose thoroughly describes both behind-the-scenes and on-the-street aspects of his search. Recommended.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Archer Mayor is the New York Times bestselling author of the police
procedural series featuring detective Joe Gunther. In addition to his writing,
Mayor is a death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,
and a detective for the Windham County Sheriff's Office.

He is a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award
for Best Fiction--the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored.
He was cited for Excellence in the Arts by the State of Vermont.

Mayor has integrated his actual police experiences with intricately
detailed plot lines into novels that The New York Times has called "dazzling,"
and Booklist has said are "among the best cop stories being written today."
The result adds a depth, detail, and veracity to his characters and their
tribulations that has led The New York Times to call him "The boss man on procedures,"
and the Arizona Daily Star to write, "Few deliver such well-rounded novels of such consistent high quality."

Archer Mayor--who was brought up in the US, Canada and France--has
been variously employed as a scholarly editor, a researcher for TIME-LIFE Books,
a political advance-man, a theater photographer, a newspaper writer/editor,
a lab technician for Paris-Match Magazine in Paris, France, and a medical illustrator.
He is a graduate of Yale University. Before turning his hand to fiction, Archer wrote history books.

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I intend to read them all.
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The characters are well developed and a continuing story line is always easy to invest in.
John
This is the fourth book I have read of his Joe Gunther series.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A suspenseful read I couldn't put down. I kept wanting to know what would happen next. The police work was believable and the characters came to life. Detective Joe Gunther's pursuit of his girlfriend's rapist keeps you on the edge of your seat. He's got to catch that guy!! Thanks for keeping me up all night Archer Mayor! Next time I start reading one of your books I'll begin it earlier in the day!
M. Hauser
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sweetmolly on August 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Archer Mayor is to be praised for his precise clarity. To make the average reader understand that a search warrant improperly executed makes everything found (up to and including murder weapons), null, void and inadmissible as evidence is a difficult concept, yet Mr. Mayor succeeds. His writing is so realistic; we are as disappointed as the police.
Brattleboro VT police detective Joe Gunther's very special lady friend of fifteen years (Joe is nothing if not a careful man), Gail is brutally raped over a three-hour period not long after Joe has left her house. Joe is enraged, guilt-stricken, and stunned. Gail is shattered, but fortunately is being taken care of by her highly experienced women's group. Though Gail can barely speak, she indicates she wants Joe in charge of the case. The majority of his fellow policemen and all of his superiors try to discourage him from attempting this dual role as clear-eyed, impartial cop and Gail's distraught comforter.
After some brilliant police work, a clear trail leads to a thoroughly despicable scumbag who has all the right credentials. A search of his house solidifies his guilt. An aborted arrest attempt leaves Joe in a coma after suffering abdominal stab wounds from the suspected man. To add to this unfortunate turn of events, it is found the warrant was improperly served and the assailant cannot be tried for the rape. (A silver lining, of course, is that he CAN be tried for attempted murder.) After Joe staggers back on duty, it begins to look as if the rapist must be someone else. Joe is further knocked about, bounced on his head, and shot, but justice is eventually served.
The book is very tightly and skillfully written. I had a few qualms about Joe and Gail.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David A. Naess on May 24, 2001
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All of Archer Mayor's books have a gripping story line. Although the stories are first class, the pictures drawn with words as the story unfolds are the best that I have ever encountered. The magnificent metaphors can create, in less than one sentence, images that may take other authors pages. Although each book is independent in and of itself, I enjoy reading the stories in sequence. There is a steady progression in character development and interpersonal relationships as we go from story to story.
If you are a mystery fan, I am sure that you will enjoy the entire series as much as I have. If you are a student taking a course in creative writing, I don't think that you will find a better word artist than Archer Mayor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dottie Benedetti on May 6, 2014
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I love this series of books. As I live near Brattleboro, VT, it is like I am involved in the story. I can't wait to read all of the books by Mr. Gunther. I highly recommend them for anyone who likes mysteries. None of them are clear cut
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Character development is weak and the story poorly told.

About a third of the way through, it became apparent that this book is not a mystery at all. It is just a series of ham-handed "political correctness" judgments and snide remarks. The crime and investigation are just a flimsy framework to present the author's personal views. It shows.

Carrying lit candles around the courthouse square at night is good. Old cars that burn oil are bad. Got it.
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Mr. Mayor has created a series that emphasizes atmosphere without sacrificing suspense and intrigue. His hero, Joe Gunther, is determined, intelligent, compassionate and yet flawed. Gunther is constrained by relationship and job pressures which contribute to his realistic quality. Of course, that makes him much easier to identify with than most other detective protagonists.
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By Mary Corvese on March 7, 2014
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Can't say enough good things about this author. His lead character, Joe Gunther, and all the rest of the "regulars" are fantastic to read.
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By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2014
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Start with Open Season and read this excellent series in order. See further comments under The skeleton's Knee, and Borderlines, among others.

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