Solve another case with Undersheriff Bill Gastner.
©1991 Steven F. Havill; (P)2002 Books in Motion
"Airplanes, real and model, loom large in the denouement and the climactic flying sequence is a corker." (Publishers Weekly)
"The authentic flavor of the New Mexico locale is so real you'll be tempted to check your shoes for fine red dust." (Mystery Scene)
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"An Excellent Start"
This was my first Havill. It will not be the last.
The plot was intelligent and well developed, the characters were real and likable, especially the crotchety under-sheriff hero. After the last mystery I read, I particularly appreciated the detective heroes not making a series of stupid mistakes (just that big one at the end).
The novel is fairly short, at only 7 1/2 hours, and the body count was a little high for my taste, but I listened to it in one sitting, unusual for me, as the story held me all day. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
"A Believable Mystery Series!"
I've fallen for crusty old undersheriff Bill Gastner. Author Steven Havill has done a marvelous job of developing a believable and intruiging set of characters living in Posadas County New Mexico, and reader Rusty Nelson's voice perfectly embodies the gritty, gravelly sheriff who lives for his job. I'm working my way through the series and enjoying every opportunity to know the folks of Posadas a little better.
"Really fun read"
Love the narration and dry, small town banter. You have to suspend your disbelief a wee bit but it's totally worth it. I found myself wanting to meet Undersheriff Bill Gastner...!
"My first Bill Gastner Mystery"
I liked the main character, Undersheriff Bill Gastner, who was pushing almost the age of 60, being slightly over weight, not-too-fit, not-too-glamorous, and not-at-all-political. I also liked the setting in Posadas County, New Mexico. This was a good police adventure and the ending was very exciting!
The story has a believable and enjoyable plot, many good characters and the narrator, Rusty Nelson, does a fine job. I look forward to reading the 2nd book in the Posadas County Mystery Series, "A Discount for Death."
This book might have got a higher rating, but his body count is kind of high, especially when some of them are characters you've come to like. This was a nice listen with a good mystery and some good humor thrown in. It gives you a chance to come to know Posadas County and the people who live there.
The narrator does a great job of voicing how Bill Gastner would sound and isn't too bad on the female voices either.
"I can see Ole Bill"
Yes I think it may well be, as Rusty gives a brilliant believable performance
No I don't think its that kind of book
The voice exactly matches the character and the attitudes he adopts.
Thats not my type of listen-- however I couldn't wait to go walking the following day.
Only that I have already bought No 2 in the series. Is that testament enough ?
"As a pilot, a little hard to swallow"
An OK read. As a pilot though, the fact that our hero didn't follow the advice of the controller and land at the larger, better equipped airport, was a wee bit hard to swallow.
This book held my undivided attention because this county Posadas is also in my PS3 Red Dead Redemption game. It was nice to read and play with a known location. Question are there more books to come? Thank you
"Bill Gastner Ordinary Hero"
Heartshot is the first in a series of police procedural novels based in Posadas County on the U.S. Mexican border. The main protagonist is undersheriff Bill Gastner a vetern of the U.S. armed forces who has spent many years working for the Posadas County sheriff's office.
The story is told in the first person. This allows us to get inside the head of Bill Gastner and to begin to understand the motivation of this character for whom, by his own admission, the job is work, hobby and therapy. Gaster is short and overweight. He smokes too much and avoids exercise like the plague. He is a well rounded and highly likeable character defined mostly by his humanity. There is nothing exceptional about the man. He works hard and through hard work achieves results. He is free with his praise of those around him who are talented and hard working. By the same token he is not very tolerant of those who are talentless or uncommitted.
Heartshot is based around a fourth of July car accident in which some local teenagers are killed while trying to evade a police patrol car. The investigation of the accident is complicated when a large bag of cocaine is discovered in the wreckage. The book is wonderfuly evocative of the dry desert conditions of its setting. The writing is smmoth flowing and highly accomplished. Rusty Nelson, who reads the book, is nothing short of wonderful. when you listen to him you have no difficulty imagining the short, overweight chain-smoking undersheriff leaning against his police cruiser watching with a careful eye the world going past. Nelson is Bill Gastner. It is one of those occasions which occur now and then in audiobooks where the reader is perfect for the subject matter and becomes an extension of the story itself. Derek Jacobi as the Emperor Claudius springs to mind as anothe example. I suggest you buy this, enjoy it and then prepare to buy the rest in the series!
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