When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation - that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter's rifle blew out Larry Zipoli's brains - is soon discarded as inconsistencies surface. The fatal bullet shows no rifling marks, an investigation reveals that the shooter walked directly toward the road grader, in full view of the victim - who did nothing to defend himself.
In addition to the demands of the investigation, Gastner learns that Sheriff Eduardo Salcido has hired a new deputy without discussing the matter with his undersheriff. And Gastner learns that the new hire is destined to be the first female road-patrol deputy in the history of Posadas County. Thus begins Gastner's relationship with Estelle Reyes, whose shrewd observations shed important light on a crime that rattles all kinds of skeletons lurking in Posadas County closets.
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I love this series!
Another winner for Steven F. Havill
I've enjoyed the whole Posadas County series and this particular book is a prequel to the series and helped fill in a few of the blanks.
It helped fill in the blanks about how Bill Gaster & Estele Rayes came together to solve crime in Posadas County.
All of them. As an audiobooks "reader", I've always enjoyed when one narrator performs the entire series of books. For example ... Judy Kaye as Sue Grafton's "Kinsey Milhone", Dick Hill as Lee Childs' "Jack Reacher" and Rusty Nelson as Steven F. Havill's "Bill Gaster".
No, it was a little too long to listen to in one sitting, however, I did listen to it in one day.