Three Can Keep a Secret

Three Can Keep a Secret

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*Starred Review* Hurricane Irene caused nearly every river and creek in Vermont to flood, taking lives, doing billions of dollars of damage, and leaving some towns cut off from outside aid for two weeks. But for Joe Gunther and his team of Vermont Bureau of Investigation detectives, Irene brings an unearthed coffin, filled with rocks instead of a cadaver; the suspicious death of a once-powerful state senator, who lived in a fabulously expensive retirement home; and a missing patient from the state's mental hospital. The patient, known as The Governor because she had once been made "Governor for a Day" in a tone-deaf PR campaign, had been in the hospital for 40 years; Joe learns that she may have been imprisoned there and drugged daily because of something she saw decades ago. Settling in with a new Joe Gunther novel is like catching up with old friends. It's a chance to check on Joe's love life (looking up), Willy Kunkel's socialization (Sammy Martens' love, fatherhood, and even the case of the rock-filled coffin are mellowing the once reliably abrasive Willy). Even Joe's former lover, Governor Gail Zigman, appears, navigating the partisan political minefield created by Irene's destruction. This twenty-fourth entry in a wonderful series is very close to Mayor's best. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews

Released by Minotaur Books on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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