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Free read Heartshot 109 ↠ Posadas County New Mexico hugging the San Cristobalmountains separating it from Mexico has very few mean streets No city slickcop shop either but an earnest elected Sheriff and his aging UndersheriffWilliam C Gastner Pushing sixty and the girth of his Sam Browne uniformbelt widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement and doesn t Pilots the case to a final dramatic midairconfrontation where the fate of the killer and the cop will be decidedThe author s deep affection for southern New Mexico and his gift for vividlyetching ordinary people make this well plotted first novel a standout About the Author Steven F Havill lives near Albuuerue New Mexicowith his wife Kathleen a writer and artist A dedicated high school teacherof high school biology and English by day Havill earned both his BA and MAfrom the University of New Mexico Besides writing the seven UndersheriffBill Gastner mysteries of which Heartshot is the first Havill has alsowritten three Western novels. I really enjoyed this novel mainly due to the wonderful characterisation of the main character Undersheriff Bill GastnerBill is aging paunchy a smoker and a heart attack waiting to happen But it is Bill who has the experience when violence and drugs are found in a sleepy little town near the Mexican border It is Bill who must apprehend the perpetrators Just goes to show that you can not put a price tag on experienceI very much enjoyed the relationship between Bill and the young Detective Estelle Reyes They make a workable and believable team This isn't a book to be read for the action seuences but it is a book to be savoured for the wonderful character of Bill Gastner A very worthwhile read

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Or ones has broughtbig time crime to the county Were the dead kids merely innocent dupesPartying that July Fourth night Dealing Searching for answers Bill deploys his department while dealing with grievingparents one of whom starts packing a gun Then a second explosion of violencefells an undercover cop whose fate is decided in a tension filled brilliantlydescribed air ambulance flightUnder pressure the sheriff s department shows its mettle and pulls together tomake a formidable team Its weak spot may be Bill whose mind is too tough tocrumble but whose body long mistreated gradually succumbs to stress Ignoringall advice and sense he. Unfortunately for my book budget this is one of the free downloads that made it to my 'must buy' list after the first bookThe author could have been going down my personal list of 'likes' when he planned this series Small western town as the setting sensible representation of modern day county law enforcement and characters and attitudes that fit in this scenario Main characters are an aging undersheriff and a younger sensible and bright female deputy both of whom go about the business of law enforcement with a minimum of angst something I appreciate since it seems to be the exception in most current seriesThe plot was believable the issues were things small town law enforcement things that are dealt with in real life now plus an interesting twist at the endWhile this is not a edge of your seat read it moves well with enough tension at the conclusion to make the ending satisfying While it may not appeal to readers who like lots of action and high speed chases it is a solidly crafted police procedural that holds up in comparison to two of my other favorite series set in the west the Longmier series by Craig Johnson and the Gabriel DuPre series by Peter Bowen The pace is relaxed and the characters are old friends by the time you get through the first book

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HeartshotPosadas County New Mexico hugging the San Cristobalmountains separating it from Mexico has very few mean streets No city slickcop shop either but an earnest elected Sheriff and his aging UndersheriffWilliam C Gastner Pushing sixty and the girth of his Sam Browne uniformbelt widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement and doesn t wantone even if he s being nudged gently towards retirement Then big time troublestrikes A car full of teens out by the lake running from a stop by Deputy Torrez goesairborne into a rocky outcrop killing all five kids and revealing a packageunder the seat A stash of cocaine this size argues someone. Added a 5th star after recent reread primarily as lead to series one that has me enjoying the characters with added pleasure upon visiting with them again Badger Bill is my favorite copHis love for the restaurant Don Juan led me to read an informative history about the last conuistador The Last Conuistador Juan De Onate and the Settling of the Far SouthwestDo wish Mr Havill would add a county librarian to his cast There are times in his tales when I'm reminded of county department head meetings and issues Some spoiler type stuff from early in the book Under sheriff Bill Gastner was military from 1946 66 A gunnery sergeant with two tours in Korea He joined the county sheriff's department in 1966 and this story starts 20 years laterpage 5 Hell 210 pounds for five feet eight inches wasn't that bad It's just that the extra pounds tended to collect immediately behind the Sam Browne belt 'I got one son on the West Coast and one down in Corpus And a daughter in Flint Michigan and another one in New Britain Connecticut' The children rarely appear in any of the series stories The wife long dead came from an exotic locale The department's few deputies include Robert Torrez and Estelle Reyes who have become sheriff and under sheriff as the series has progressed over the nearly 30 years since it started