Tuesday, February 7, 2012
One Perfect Shot by Steven Havill
He's taking the new rookie out for a ride-along on her first day and gets called out on murder. Someone has shot the grader operator in the head and killed him...
Poisoneded Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to download and read this ebook for review (thank you). It was published the first week in January and you can get either in print or in ebook at your local bookstore now.
This is a prequel set in 1987 and shows how Bill Gastner meets Estelle Reyes. As usual, this series is set in New Mexico. Since I live in New Mexico, it's fun to read a mystery based here.
I've read a few in this series and have enjoyed them, but this one was even more entertaining for me. Watching Bill trying to solve case you can almost "feel" Estelle thinking and forming her own judgement calls. It doesn't take long until Bill is asking her what she thinks.
The original assumption is that it was a random shot by some hunters doing some target shooting. But when they discover the bullet has no rifling and there is no way to accurately shoot a bullet like that, it quickly becomes murder. The shooter had to be right in front of the grader to hit the windshield like that.
It's a complicated mystery that digs in people's private lives. The shooter was not a character I would have suspected.
You can read this as a stand-alone mystery if you haven't tasted this author's work yet. If you have, I think this one is my favorite so far. Why not get a copy and see how you feel about it?