Savvy storytelling infused with a spicy Southwestern setting. ""Not only does Havill offer a melancholy reinterpretation of that grand western myth of the slow-talking, fast-thinking lawman, he also writes crisp, marvelously detailed police procedurals in which a mix of technical know-how and informed common sense gets things done.""--Booklist Bill Gastner is going crazy recuperating from heart surgery. Dreaming of green chili, he's rescued by a phone call from back home. The Undersheriff arrives in Posadas County only to learn that his own home has been burgled. Moreover, Gastner finds his cranky ancient neighbor Florencio Apodaca has borrowed a bit of land to bury his equally ancient wife--and the dead woman's stepson questions if she died a natural death. Meanwhile a young boy out camping has vanished from atop Cat Mesa. A stringent search convinces Bill, his treasured deputy Estelle Reyes-Guzman, and Sheriff Martin Holman that the boy has been spirited away. Poisoned Pen Press has republished the five earlier novels in Steven Havill's carefully, cleverly detailed police procedural series richly redolent of southern New Mexico. Look to Worldwide/Harlequin for Out of Season (0-373-26382-1) and to St. Martin's for Dead Weight (0-312-25203-X) and in Nov. 2001, Bag Limit (0-312-25183-1).
Steven F. Havill
St Martins Pr
St Martins Pr
St Martins Pr
St Martins Pr
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The good sheriff, who has been recovering from injuries at his daughter's home in Michigan, comes back to Posadas to find a myriad of problems. His house has been broken into, his neighbor's wife has been buried on Gastner's property, and a child has gone missing on top of a remote mesa. It is immediately obvious that Estelle Guzman and his daughter Camille are going to hit it off. It is also obvious they are going to tag-team Gastner about his eating and sleeping habits. Because it involves a child, this is one of the darker Las Posadas stories, but, as always, it is marvelously rendered. Steven Havill is a writer to be savored and enjoyed at leisure. Do not rush through these books. If you do, you'll be sorry you read them so fast. Gary George / Author of "The House of Three Murders" and "Horse Hunts."
Havill's characters are so finely-crafted, his plots are so well-designed, and his eye for detail so focused, I feel as though I've been to Posadas County, New Mexico, and gotten to know a good portion of the population there. Prolonged Exposure begins with Bill Gastner, the aging-yet-driven Undersheriff, recuperating from surgery at his daughter's house in Michigan, when his home back in New Mexico is broken into. He cuts his recuperation short and returns to the southwest, only to learn of a missing child and possible kidnapping. This book is the best of the series so far.
I am not going to recap this story. You can read it yourself. I have read all of this series up to this book. This one kept me up way too late because I could not put my Kindle down. I even went to Google Earth and checked out the area that bill Gastner patrols. Now I feel like I am riding shotgun when he gets up at 3AM and go's for a ride. From the very beginning of each story I feel like I am part of the story, maybe a deputy. You get involved with the investigation right from page one and it's not finished until the last page. Absolutely great. I am in my early 70s and feel like I have met most of these people along the way. Thank you Steven Havill for a great series.
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