• Open Season

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (3,780 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont, police force has a serious problem: in a community where a decade could pass without a single murder, the body count is suddenly mounting. Innocent citizens are being killed - and others set up - seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious ski-masked man.

Signs suggest that a three-year-old murder trial might lie at the heart of things, but it's a case that many in the department would prefer remained closed. A man of quiet integrity, Lt. Gunther knows that he must pursue the case to its conclusion, wherever it leads.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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don't be offended by the characters language

Good Grief! poor ratings on a good story because the language of some of the characters offend. I almost missed a good one due to irrational comments. The good guy is not racist. Racism is part of the story and for something written in the 80's if that offends you then please pass this one by. Oh, hold on tight .... they also smoke in the story.

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An enjoyable new detective series!

This one starts with an introduction to Joe Gunther, a private detective on the trail of a serial killer. Perfectly narrated by a favored of mine, Tom Taylorson, I am happy I found this hidden gem. Archer Mayor adds perfect timing as he interweaves humor, suspense and mystery in this thrilling tale. I am looking forward to more in this series. Highly recommended. Worth a treasured credit!
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Good Detective Novel - Engaging Read

I stumbled upon this author via Audible recommendation.
I was thrilled to be introduced to Joe!
I've blown thru 4 books so far.
I'm a huge Harry Bosch, Lucus Davenport, and Alex Cross fan.
Now, I am also a huge Joe fan!

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Good story

This reader is excellent. Sometimes I don’t listen to books by an author bc the reader/performer is poor. The story was adventuresome, the unfolding was curious and interesting. I will listen to more.

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Enjoyed it

I had to listen to this book after seeing the woke culture reviews claim it was racist. As expected it is nothing of the sort and is in fact the opposite. Overall a good listen and the story will keep your interest.

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Can’t wait to listen again.

I admit I got distracted because the narrator is so smooth and I almost never turned the book off. I’m already looking forward to another listen.

Clever, murder & mystery without excess gore. Minimal adult words, which I personally do not mind.

Very well narrated.

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Wasn’t sure at first.

I wasn’t quite sure about this in the beginning, but it turned out to be very enjoyable.

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mediocre

pretty mediocre at best. Would rather watch a columbo rerun

long winded and slow and unbelievable

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Solid 4

For an older book about bad guys & cops & me being a retired cop, I liked it. Enough to listen to it all.
Solid story line though I can’t say I cared much about the characters.
A few reviews mentioned they didn’t like the book because of the “N” word. It exists in older books & newer ones tho I flinch when I hear it, but pre tRump it wasn’t as foremost & prevalent tho it still existed unfortunately. However this book about a black man arrested in VT for crime he didn’t do involved prejudice pure & simple. Even in the North Black Lives Matter not always. The lead character & cop to Mayors credit wasn’t one of the characters in the book who used it.
Hope this helps.

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Alot of twists and turns.

I live in NH so I enjoy picturing the places Joe Gunther visits in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. The story is fascinating with lots of story lines that eventually come together. The book held my interest through to the end. Great read!

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  • 12-29-19

New author for me.

The narrator was definitely better in this than my previous experience of him. Apart from some references to wars, the book didn’t seem dated although I think it was written in the 80’s. The characters were well drawn and likeable in the main. Although, even with all the energy / action Joe puts in sometimes the description of him seemed as though it was referring to a doddering old man! Otherwise, nice to discover a “new” author and series.

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  • Rebecca Hanson
  • 08-20-21

Loved this

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator has the perfect voice for Gunther. The plot and twists are perfect they keep you wanting more mak8ng it almost impossoble to stop listening. The only down part for me was sometimes Gunther would spend to much time talking about non relevant things but some may appreciate thos as it adds flavour to the characters. This being said I have straight away started listening to book 2 so this does not affect ant enjoyment at all. I cant wait to see where Gunther takes me next. Oh I believe the book is based in 1986 and we all know yhe 80s are the best

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  • Boris Backache
  • 08-01-18

Belter of a book

Archer Mayor has introduced a great character in this complicated, very readable and convincing plot. Hope his next book is as good as this one

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  • will h
  • 07-09-18

Pedestrian

A rather old fashioned style of writing with a plodding and ultimately not very interesting plot line. The author does say in his introduction that his intention was not to write a dramatic thriller but something that showed how people get on with their lives. Regretfully he succeeds to well producing a dreary story with too much unnecessary back story and a plot that feels like he’s just made up as he goes along. I also got no sense of time and place, ok there’s a lot of snow in Vermont but that’s about it. What lifts this audiobook is the superlative narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-28-21

A nothing story

Could have been told the story in half the words , weak character formation and storyline is shallow and in compelling

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  • Barbara
  • 10-25-21

Brilliant

Throughly enjoy this book , narrating brilliant . I could not stop listening to this thank you

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  • YaHozna
  • 10-11-21

Satisfying listen

Satisfying listen, however I always wonder why so many writers insist on making the police such serial incompetents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-22

splendid

Loved the plot. Can't wait to read the remainder of the Joe Gunther Series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-06-22

Relaxed

At times the narration was too soothing and I found myself waking up 4 chapters further than I remembered hearing, but that is down to the soothing voice of the narrator and not the content of the story itself as I always had to go back to make sure I heard the full story which means it kept me interested. A nice change for the hero not to be the perfect cop and to show uncertainty at times and this made me like him as a character. Interested to listen to the next one to see what else is revealed about Gunther.

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  • BlakWulf
  • 07-03-22

Marvellous small town thriller

I stumbled over this and gave it a go. It's great. A small town thriller that's gritty, dark, exciting. Wonderful characters who are full of flaws and grit. The narrator is top class.

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  • Pretzel B
  • 02-09-22

Great story, good crime drama

Liked the book, compelling reading. Some racist tones by todays standards but worth a read