- Series: Joe Gunther Mysteries (Book 11)
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: AMPress; 1st THUS edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979861306
- ISBN-13: 978-0979861307
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Marble Mask: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Mysteries) Paperback – January 1, 2007
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The story focuses on what may have been a murder more than 50 years ago. The law enforcement drama takes the reader to Sherbrooke, Quebec (located a good distance east of Montreal - you will read a lot of its development), and Stowe Vermont (east of Burlington and north of Montpelier). In Canada, we find Sherbrooke with rival gangs very much prone to violence, a possibly corrupt police department, and the role Canada played in World War II. In Stowe, we need to work through (needs some patience), historical events taking place in 1946 and 1947.
There are many law enforcement characters we are not used to, both from Vermont and Quebec. In addition, the list of possible bad guys is long, mostly from Canada. It was easy to get lost with all of these new characters.
There was lots of action towards the end. However, if you are like me, I could not sort out one character from another and what the point of all the complexity was. I was also disappointed with Gunther's naivete - how many times is he going to put himself voluntarily in harm's way?
I have read the prior ten Joe Gunther books and this one ranks towards the bottom. However, I have found it helpful to read these in order. I will keep reading the Joe Gunther series. I am hopeful for a less tedious and more coherent book #12.