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Havill, Steven

Works: 106 works in 471 publications in 1 language and 21,589 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Western stories  Medical fiction  Historical fiction  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3558.A785, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steven Havill
One perfect shot by Steven Havill( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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, and 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"--Author's web site
Double prey : a Posadas County mystery by Steven Havill( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boy goes missing and is found dead in an arroyo, apparently killed in an ATV accident. But the discovery he made moments before he was killed is puzzling ... and takes deputies back to a five year old killing and has them looking for a murderer too close to home
The fourth time is murder by Steven Havill( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the sheriff out on medical leave following a serious injury, Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is called upon to run the Posadas County department and finds herself investigating a strange accident that has injured another police officer
Red, green, or murder by Steven Havill( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Former Posadas County Sheriff Bill Gastner, now a New Mexico Livestock Inspector, is enjoying a day on Herb Torrance's ranch--soaking in the sun as he counts a small herd of cattle and thinking about an upcoming lunch with an old friend back in town. But a light breeze stirs dust, a horse spooks, and Bil finds himself ferrying a broken cowpuncher in the back of his SUV, headed out to meet an ambulance. Moments later, Bill's day goes from bad to worse as he is summoned by undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman to an investigation of an unattended death. Too impatient for Bill to finish up out at the ranch, old George Payton had decided to eat lunch on his own. A couple of bites later, he collapsed--dead of an apparent heart attack. But something isn't right. It may well have been a heart attack, Estelle agrees, but something triggered it. Before any questions can be answered, the small herd of cattle Bill had just counted is found wandering down a county highway. But there's no sign of cowpuncher Pat Gabaldon or his boss' $40,000 truck and livestock trailer. Forced into two tangled investigations, Bill faces one of the most complex cases in his 35-year career."--Dust cover flaps
Final payment by Steven Havill( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman looks for a motive that might connect a competitor found dead on the trail of a 100-mile bicycle race through Posadas County and the three bodies shot to death execution-style at a remote New Mexico airstrip
Scavengers by Steven Havill( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of the retirement of Posadas County Sheriff Bill Gastner, Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman finds herself dealing with a flu-ridden family and the investigation into two brutal murders
NightZone : a Posadas County mystery by Steven Havill( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do you do when you inherit $330 million after taxes? If you're New Mexico rancher Miles Waddell, you build a dream. A flat-topped mesa and a third of a billion dollars equals NIGHTZONE, an astronomy-based theme park, complete with giant radio telescope, a bank of smaller scopes linked to a theater, five-star dining in a restaurant with retracting dome ceiling, a hotel/resort, tram car access, and a narrow gauge steam locomotive to carry tourists to the mesa top. Glorious. And too ambitious for many residents of Posadas County. Waddell's dream begins to sour as one night two eco-terrorists make an opening statement by chain-sawing down power lines that feed the development. One of the terrorists is killed by a bucking power pole. From 20 miles away, former Posadas Sheriff William K. Gastner spots a pair of headlights as the dead man's companion speeds from the scene. Charges quickly include murder when the fleeing conspirator is stopped by a cop and guns the lawman down. Hours later a second shooting occurs when Gastner stops to assist Sgt. Jackie Taber during an unrelated traffic stop. Always the last to pull a trigger, the now 74-year old Gastner becomes the focus of a second investigation by the over-stressed District Attorney and Sheriff's Department. Meanwhile, Waddell's troubles with rumor-mongers and anti-government thugs continue. A tired Gastner is unwilling to work security for NIGHTZONE, but security has become essential. There is a bright spot: Gastner's godson, 13 year-old Francisco Guzman. The musical prodigy's conservatory has scheduled a double concert in Posadas, part of a national tour. Yet the timing of this stellar event could not be worse with the retired Gastner and the whole community tangling with lethal avengers and agendas
A discount for death by Steven Havill( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recently named the new undersheriff of Posadas County, Estelle Reyes-Guzman investigates the disappearance of a local insurance broker and the death of a young single mother whose fatal motorcycle accident may have been caused by a vengeful local cop
Out of season by Steven Havill( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Undersheriff Bill Gastner of New Mexico investigates the death of his superior who was involved in a secret investigation on his own. He died in a plane crash and an autopsy shows the pilot was killed by gunfire from the ground
Heartshot by Steven Havill( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Posadas County, New Mexico, has very few mean streets and no city-slick cop shop. But it has an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff{u2014}William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement{u2014}and doesn{u2019}t want one, even if he{u2019}s being nudged gently toward retirement. Then big time trouble strikes. A car full of teens, running from a stop by Deputy Torrez, goes air{u00AD}borne into a rocky outcrop, killing all five kids and revealing a package of cocaine under the seat. Has someone brought big-time crime to the county. Bill is now dealing with grieving par{u00AD}ents{u2014}one of whom starts packing a gun. Then a second explosion of violence fells an undercover cop. Under pressure, the sheriff{u2019}s department pulls together to make a formidable team. Its weak spot may be Bill whose mind is too tough to crumble but whose body, long mistreated, gradually succumbs to stress. Ignoring all advice{u2014}and sense{u2014}he pilots the case to a final dramatic, midair confrontation where the fate of the killer{u2014}and the cop{u2014}will be decided
Dead weight by Steven Havill( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Small-town sheriff Bill Gastner faces a crisis when an anonymous letter accuses one of his trusted deputies of corruption, a crisis complicated by the death of one half of a troubled couple that looks increasingly like murder
Prolonged exposure by Steven Havill( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boy disappears from a camping ground in New Mexico and shortly after another boy is abducted from his home. Undersheriff Bill Gastner investigates. By the author of Privileged to Kill
Convenient disposal by Steven Havill( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman can't help but feel that the recent beating of Carmen Acosta and the disappearance of Carmen's neighbor, Kevin Ziegler, are related. She's just not sure how. There had been a fight'over a boy. Carmen Acosta had been suspended for six days, Deena for only three. And Carmen's vengeful friends were still around. To most people, hat pins are vestiges of the past, used now only by elderly ladies who don't leave home without a hat. But Deena wanted something to defend herself with. Is Deena somehow responsible for Carmen's injuries' Estelle has many suspects to choose from, since the Acosta family holds the record for the number of domestic violence calls the police have received. Is someone in the family responsible' Or is it someone else entirely' County manager Ziegler had a good relationship with Carmen's family, and was well respected in the community. Did Ziegler have a darker secret'
Statute of limitations by Steven Havill( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A call to her doctor husband is Estelle Reyes-Guzman's unwelcome reminder that it may be Christmas Eve, but it's still her job as undersheriff to deal with things not as pleasant as welcoming friends and relatives and listening to her two small boys put their storybook tales to music. Shortly after her husband hurries off to see the patient, Estelle gets a call of her own from the dispatcher at headquarters. An anonymous person has called the emergency line to report seeing two men fleeing a motel where another is lying dead on the ground. It is the patient who called, and he is now Estelle's responsibility. The information relayed to the police was incorrect, though; the man is not dead, although he is close to it. On top of that, the sheriff, still recovering from injuries from a previous encounter with a criminal, is threatened with an embolism and must be flown to Albuquerque for investigation and treatment, and the fiancee of one of Estelle's men has gone missing. When her body is found on Christmas Day, this tops the alarming combination of events that have Estelle and Bill Gastner, former sheriff of Posadas County, spending their Christmas "holiday" chasing through the countryside to find the young woman's killer and remove the suspicion that hovers over the young deputy"--Publisher's description
Leadfire by Steven Havill( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Buckley returns to the small town of Coffee Creek with a lot of money and a desire to be left alone, but when he is talked into becoming a deputy, his dangerous past comes crashing in on him
Before she dies by Steven Havill( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Posadas Register reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with one of Undersherrif Bill Gastner's deputies who is killed by a more accurate shotgun blast than the one that ruins her face, Bill gets angry. Teamed with his intuitive, observant detective Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her usual sharp eye for physical evidence, Bill implicates Tammy Woodruff, the thrill-seeking daughter of the local Republican County Chairman, in the brutal assault. Before he can interrogate her, though, she scoots. Soon Tammy is found crushed to death after her truck goes off the road while she's loaded with booze-too much alcohol, in fact, for anyone to hold
Bag limit by Steven Havill( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Parked high on a side road on the flank of the second highest peak in the San Cristobal mountains, peacefully surveying what soon would no longer be his responsibility as a sheriff, almost-seventy Bill Gastner could think that the night would be without incident. He'd be wrong. He doesn't foresee that a car full of alcohol-inspired adolescents would run into his automobile. Nor that the driver would take off and disappear in the nearby woods. Far from uneventful, this night turns out to be one of the toughest in Bill Gastner's many years as undersheriff and then sheriff in this sparsely populated border area of New Mexico. Gastner knows the young driver and his family - including the soon-to-be-sheriff, Bobby Torrez. Taken into custody from his home, the prisoner seems far too upset about being arrested. During the trip to the jail he makes a desperate attempt to flee again, an attempt that ends in his being hit and killed by an oncoming truck. Gastner has to dig deep to learn what is behind this tragic overreaction to a serious but unfortunately common DWI arrest. With the imminent election, the visit of Gastner's former deputy with her surgeon husband and their two very active young ones and the near riot the dead youth's neighbors stage when his father dies suddenly, the sheriff's last few days in office are not as uneventful as he had hoped. But Gastner stoically retrieves the law-enforcement tools he has packed away, including his talent for detection, his diplomacy, and his just plain common sense. He has used them all successfully for many years, and it's a joy to watch him use them one more time"--Publishers description
Comes a time for burning by Steven Havill( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Thomas Parks is overwhelmed when a cholera epidemic comes to his small town near the Puget Sound, as he tries to save his fellow townsmen, protect his wife and daughter, and investigate the origins of the outbreak, suspecting it came from one of his own nurses
Privileged to kill by Steven Havill( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In New Mexico, Undersheriff Bill Gastner investigates the murder of a high school girl. Suspicion centers on a cyclist, until someone tries to run him down, whereupon Gastner realizes the murderer drives a car. By the author of Before She Dies
Twice buried by Steven Havill( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In New Mexico, Undersheriff Bill Gastner investigates the death of a real estate agent with the help of Estelle Reyes-Guzman, the prime suspect's niece
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Double prey : a Posadas County mystery
Alternative Names
Havill, Steven F.

Steven F. Havill American writer

Steven F. Havill Amerikaans romanschrijver

English (188)

The fourth time is murderRed, green, or murderFinal paymentScavengersA discount for deathOut of seasonHeartshotDead weight