Oh, do I have a treat for you. If you haven’t yet discovered Steven F. Havill’s Posadas County mysteries, the latest one is the perfect jumping off point. One Perfect Shot is set before any of the other stories in the series, and it’s just the right introduction to the series.
Undersheriff Bill Gastner narrates the story of a shooting in the small New Mexico County, the death of a county employee shot to death with one bullet while he was in the county grader. Everyone in the area knew Larry Zipoli, but it was hard to believe that anyone had a reason to kill him. It was going to take some digging to find the answer in this case.
But, Gastner would have someone to bounce ideas off of. Although Gastner was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the department, once in a while the sheriff would surprise him. And, he certainly did when he interviewed Estelle Reyes with an eye to bringing her on board as a deputy after she went through the academy and training. Reyes would be the first female deputy in the department. Gastner was impressed with her when he sat down with her, and she would prove that she could work long hours, and offer good suggestions. She would need to do that on a force that was sorely understaffed, especially when it came time to work a murder investigation.
Havill’s One Perfect Shot is a terrific police procedural, as Gastner details every step of their investigation. There may be a little too much information about ammunition and guns for some of us, though. Even so, if you’re a fan of the series, it’s a treat to read the backstory, to “meet” Estelle Reyes at the same time Gastner does, and to see a little younger Gastner. And, if you haven’t yet discovered the Posadas County series, but like police procedurals, I think you’ll appreciate this “first” story in the series. You’re in for a treat.
One Perfect Shot by Steven F. Havill. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2012. ISBN 9781590589540 (hardcover), 250p.
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