Posadas County - 20
What do you do when you inherit $330 million after taxes? If you're New Mexico rancher Miles Waddell, you build a dream. A flat-topped mesa and a third of a billion dollars equals NIGHTZONE, an astronomy-based theme park, complete with giant radio telescope, a bank of smaller scopes linked to a ...
When a county employee is found shot to death in sun-drenched daylight while sitting in his county road grader, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is faced with puzzling questions. The simplest explanation--that an errant bullet from a careless target shooter's rifle blew out Larry Zipoli's brains--is soon ...
Busy putting in stitches and bandaging lumberjacks' injuries, young Dr. Thomas Parks has no idea that his worst enemy is lurking in the sleepy village of Port McKinney in the spring of 1892. When one of the working girls at the Clarissa Hotel is brought to the Clinic desperately ill, Thomas's newl...
Posadas County - 18
A rattlesnake fang pegged in a teenager's eye is just the beginning of a spring day for Posadas Undersheriff Estelle Guzman. The injured lad's older brother goes missing, and is found dead in an arroyo, apparently killed by his cartwheeling ATV. But most puzzling is what the dead boy found moments ...
In Posadas County, New Mexico, retired undersheriff Bill Gastner understands two things: most criminals aren't as smart as they think they are, and human nature is fairly predictable. When a full cattle truck and trailer go missing along with the ranch hand driving it, and the herd and its cow dog ...
The young Dr. Thomas Parks expects to practice trauma medicine with a distinguished doctor in Port McKinney, Washington. What he does not expect is to be nearly killed within an hour of arriving. The accident changes his life, and with long hours of painful convalescence, Thomas makes a sobering di...
Posadas County - 16
Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is always busy, but more so now than ever. The sheriff is still not completely recovered from his stay in the hospital, and she is recovering from a hospital stay herself. After a long day at work, Estelle is happy to clear off her desk and drive home, where her be...
The bodies of the three Hispanic victims don't point to the usual vigilante crime scene involving illegal border traffic in Posadas County, New Mexico. The expensively dressed couple and their grown son were shot execution-style at a remote airstrip. Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman thinks she's f...
It's Christmas Eve in Posadas County, New Mexico, and the bad-luck snowball really gets moving downhill for Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. Former police chief Eduardo Martinez suffers a heart attack while chasing car thieves at a local motel; a deputy's fiancee is found murdered in an arroyo; a...
Posadas County, New Mexico, undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman is called to the scene of a possible domestic violence. The victim is a teenage girl, beaten into a coma and stabbed in the ear with a hatpin. Earlier, the girl was involved in a rivalry over a boy -- but the shocking brutality of the cr...
Former Posadas County, New Mexico, sheriff Bill Gastner and his legacy of commonsense detecting come in handy just when new undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman can benefit most. One of the best tried and true Gastner-isms -- pick through the pieces of a puzzle till you find the one that fits -- is un...
When Bill Gastner, newly retired sheriff of Posadas County, New Mexico, finds his oldest friend dead of an apparent heart attack, he takes it with a grain of salt. George died after eating the famous Burrito Grande from the Don Juan de Oñate restaurant, and it takes the well-seasoned Gastner to fin...
While new sheriff Bobby Torrez is at a law enforcement conference, former deputy Estelle Reyes-Guzman is landed with the case of a body found in the desert - that of a man who had been badly beaten and then shot. Estelle and her deputies begin the forensic process - photographing, sending the body ...
Dead End Bill Gastner, the reluctant sheriff of Posadas County, New Mexico, anticipates his last few days in office will be uneventful. Until local teen Matt Baca drives drunkenly into the back of Gastner's cruiser, then flees into the night. His eventual capture turns tragic when he becomes irr...
Gifted fifteen-year-old Francisco Guzman has become an internationally renowned concert pianist, touring the world under the auspices of his music conservatory. That gives his mother, Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman, plenty of reason to worry--and that's magnified when she learns t...
CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY A well-seasoned sixty-nine, Sheriff Bill Gastner knows his Posadas, New Mexico, territory as well as he understands the foibles of the human condition. So when a backhoe crushes a man to death, it's more instinct than fact that leaves him feeling there's more to this "accide...
CLEAN SHOT Sheriff Martin Holman of the Posadas County Sheriff's Department didn't like flying. Much less at night, with bad weather. So why he took a plane ride over a nearby mesa under those dangerous conditions is a question as disturbing as why somebody shot the pilot dead from the ground --...
Posadas County - 6
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 inform...
Posadas County - 5
Rolling stone Wesley Crocker seems a harmless enough free spirit when Posadas County Undersheriff Bill Gastner offers him a lift on the road and spots him a free dinner. Crocker beds down for the night with his gear on the high-school athletic field. By morning, 13 year-old Maria Ibarra is found de...
Posadas County - 4
When Posadas Register reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with one of Undersherrif Bill Gastner's deputies who is killed by a more accurate shotgun blast than the one that ruins her face, Bill gets angry. Teamed with his intuitive, observant detective Estelle Reyes-Guzman and h...
Posadas County - 3
Bill Gastner, Undersheriff of Posadas County, knows ancient Anna Hocking didn't fall down her fruit cellar stairs by accident. He's also sure that elderly Reuben Fuentes knows nothing about the bodies scattered on his dusty, southern New Mexico ranch. No spring chicken himself, Bill summons his for...
Posadas County - 2
Aging Posadas County Undersheriff Bill Gastner has weathered his quadruple bypass and is taking a rare vacation up in the state's northern mountains. He's escaping meddlesome medical providers who wish he'd reform, but his heart is in staging a reunion with his former detective Estelle Reyes who is...
Posadas County, New Mexico, hugging the San Cristobal mountains separating it from Mexico, has very few mean streets. No city-slick cop shop either, but an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff, William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, and the girth of his Sam Browne uniform belt, widower B...