WorldCat Identities

Mayor, Archer

Works: 106 works in 694 publications in 5 languages and 34,791 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Psychological fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Novels  Detective and mystery stories, American 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3563.A965, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Archer Mayor
Chat by Archer Mayor( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 1,607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a wintertime car accident leaves his mother and brother seriously injured, Joe Gunther takes a leave of absence to attend to them and investigate the cause of the crash"--Provided by publisher
The catch : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joe Gunther, a Vermont cop for most of his adult life and now the head of the VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) gets the call that every law enforcement person hates and every friend and family member of a policeman fears -- a cop has been shot and killed. A deputy sheriff was shot to death during a routine traffic stop on a dark country road. From what can been seen on the cruiser's tape recorder of the killers, it is believed that they were a couple of Boston-based drug runners who had been stopped by the deputy on their way from Canada down to Boston. Which is what brings Gunther and his team to the investigation - an attempt to shut down the major drug running operation. Specially that of one Alan Budney, disaffected son of a lobsterman, now a drug kingpin, who uses the closed, clannish lobster fishing community and his extended family in particular, to move drugs along the New England coast. The most recent book - and last from Grand Central - Chat, has spent four week on the extended Booksense bestseller list and, as always, has been on the NEBA bestseller list since publication. He is the winner of the 2004 New England Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction
The sniper's wife by Archer Mayor( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and French and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeking revenge for the death of his ex-wife, labeled an accidental overdose by the NYPD, Detective Willy Kunkle leaves Vermont for Manhattan, where his investigation uncovers rumors of foul play and secrets about his own life
The surrogate thief by Archer Mayor( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hiding the rookie inexperience that rendered a homicide case from the beginning of his career unsolvable, Joe Gunther discovers the case's murder weapon and begins tracking a killer who possesses a nature more brutal than anticipated
Tag man by Archer Mayor( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a nuisance burglar who breaks into the heavily secured homes of wealthy Vermont citizens discovers evidence of a string of murders in one of the homes, Joe Gunther untangles conflicting evidence while the burglar flees for his life
Proof positive : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigating the death of a Vietnam veteran whose PTSD culminated in a hoarding disorder, Joe Gunther learns that the victim's collection of combat photos contains information that a sinister adversary desperately wanted to keep hidden
Red herring by Archer Mayor( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joe Gunther and his team at the VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) are faced with the most complex and deadly case of their careers when they are called in to investigate a series of violent deaths that appear unrrelated to one another. That is, until telltale clues reveal a linkage between the deaths. Even more chilling, the crime scenes were staged and, despite initial appearances, those deaths are, in fact, murders. And that clue--a single drop of unexplained blood at each crime scene, coming from three additional unknown people--leaves the police with more questions than answers"--Page 2 of cover
Paradise city : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the murder of an elderly woman in Boston is tied to a string of unrelated burglaries across the state of Vermont, Joe Gunther tries to discover who is purchasing the stolen objects in the "Paradise City" of Northampton, Massachusetts
The company she kept : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the height of a particularly brutal Vermont winter, one morning a woman's body is found hanging high above the interstate. The woman, found with the word "dyke" carved on her chest is quickly determined to be the victim of a brutal murder. That alone is enough to bring in Joe Gunther and his VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) team. But when the victim is identified not only as a state senator, bus as an intimate friend of the governor's, it unleashes a publicity maelstrom that makes the investigation makes a difficult investigation more challenging. While the anti-lesbian message is an obvious feint meant to mislead investigators, it does reveal that the governor is gay, and forces her to publicly acknowledge that fact. In the meantime, while the publicity rages on to even greater heights, the police begin to focus intensely on the dead senator's life. One thing they uncover is that she had a fondness for recreational marijuana. In Vermont, however, neither lesbianism nor marijuana use are the stuff of murder. It's up to Gunther and his team to cut through this particular stack of weed to find out not just who, but why?"--
Presumption of guilt : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A forty-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slab at a recently decommissioned nuclear energy site. It becomes a case for the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) and its leader, Joe Gunther, since they have the resources and the ability to investigate an old, very cold, missing persons case that has now been reclassified as murder. The victim was Hank Mitchell, and Gunther must chase down old rumors and speculations who benefited from his death and the disappearance of his body? And was his death somehow tied to New York City mafia money being laundered through the construction project? But what seems the coldest of cold cases roars back to life when one of the central figures in this mystery is shot to death, right after speaking with Gunther. And when a young police officer the son of VBI investigator Lester Spinney--is kidnapped, is that meant to be a warning to the VBI team to drop the case? After all these many years, the truth behind the murder still has to the power to kill, and it's up to Gunther and his team to capture the living and finally put the dead to rest"--
St. Albans fire by Archer Mayor( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The arson death of a young farmer leads officer Joe Gunther from rural Vermont to the gritty streets of Newark, New Jersey and face-to-face with a most deadly opponent
Occam's razor by Archer Mayor( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 1,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Joe Gunther of Vermont investigates the murder of a trucker and the death of a blackmailing hooker. The two cases converge in a mystery about an ambitious senator and toxic wastes
Trace : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

16 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) has been pulled onto three cases at the same time; meanwhile, VBI head Joe Gunther has to take time off to care for his ailing mother. Those cases are now in the hands of the individual investigators. Sammie Martens is assigned a murder case. The victim is a young woman, the roommate of the daughter of Medical Examiner Beverly Hillstrom. A recent transplant from Albany, New York, Sammie must find out what put a hit man on the trail of this seemingly innocent young woman. Lester Spinney takes over a famous cold case, a double murder where a state trooper and a motorist were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Or so it has seemed for years. When Lester is told that the motorist's fingerprints were planted on the gun he's supposed to have fired, it opens the questionwho really killed the state trooper? Willy Kunkle's case starts with a child's discovery of three teeth on a railroad track, leading eventually to a case of possible sabotage against critical military equipment.In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today."
The price of malice : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joe Gunther puts a murder investigation on hold to help his girlfriend Lyn solve her father's mysterious death in Maine. Discovering that Lyn's father and brother weren't the good guys that Lyn always believed them to be and that they might have been involved with vicious smugglers who murdered them, Gunther sets out to protect Lyn from the same fate
The second mouse by Archer Mayor( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the edge of town Joe Gunther encounters the lifeless body of Michelle Fisher. Her corpse offers him no clues about who she was or how she died. Snapshots and postcards show a woman who laughed hard and lived harder, while diaries reveal a rootless life marred by depression and drink. Suicide seems a reasonable conclusion, but Gunther suspects foul play
Three can keep a secret : a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an old gravesite exposes a coffin filled with rocks instead of the expected remains, and a retired state politician turns up dead, Joe Gunther and his team follow the evidence to an escaped mental patient who holds the key to solving both cases
The skeleton's knee by Archer Mayor( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Fuller died of a gunshot wound. What was unusual was that the bullet took some twenty years to do its job. A hermit who lived in the green hills outside Brattleboro, Fuller kept his bullet wound to himself. When the old damage finally causes a fatal aneurysm, Joe Gunther decides it's time to find out more about Abraham Fuller--and whoever wanted him dead. Gunther's crew combs Fuller's cabin and garden, making a disturbing discovery. Deep in the rocky Vermont soil is an artificial stainless steel knee joint ... and the rest of a very real human skeleton. Worse yet, medical analysis proves that the body is a certified murder victim, slain by a single bullet. What, if anything, does this have to do with Fuller's murder? Gunther isn't sure. Then a sniper's machine gun nearly destroys the hearse bringing the skeleton to the morgue, and Gunther's word is cut out for him: find the manufacturer of the steel knee and then the surgeon who implanted it. For the first time, Gunther's work takes him outside his home state, to Chicago, where the big city cops think their Vermont counterparts do little more than shovel snow ... and where too many of the people he meets are desperate to hide their pasts
Bellows Falls by Archer Mayor( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A police officer is accused of sexual harassment by the wife of a drug dealer in a Vermont town. An internal affairs investigation is opened, headed by Detective Joe Gunther who discovers police corruption and murder
The marble mask by Archer Mayor( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A frozen body is found on top of Vermont's tallest mountain in middle of winter. Lost hiker or foul play? It's hard to say, until the marble-hard body is thawed out, revealing oddly old-fashioned clothes, an ice-pick wound to the heart, and a Canadian driver's license dating back 50 years
Borderlines by Archer Mayor( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking some much-needed rest at the Vermont vacation spot of his boyhood, lieutenant Joe Gunther finds the little town at war when an expanding back-to-nature cult turns violent and Joe learns that some of his oldest friends may be behind it
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The catch : a Joe Gunther novelThe sniper's wifeThe surrogate thiefTag manRed herringSt. Albans fireOccam's razorThe price of malice : a Joe Gunther novel
Alternative Names
Archer Mayor American writer

Archer Mayor écrivain américain

Mayor, Archer H.

Mayor, Archer H. 1950-


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