Book List in Order: 31 titles


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    Good cops have no use for coincidenceWhen a driver slams his pickup truck—twice—into a tandem bike being ridden by Carlos Guzman and his fiancée, Tasha, in Briones, California, it's more than a simple hit-and-run; the driver clearly ...



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    In less than a moment, unexplained intentions, then murder, upend life in Posadas County, New MexicoPosadas County, sitting along New Mexico's southern border, has enjoyed a surge in visitors, jobs, and prosperity since rancher Miles Waddell used muc...



  • One blizzardy New Mexico night, Posadas County Deputy Pasquale picks up a toddler scooting his Scamper along the shoulder of State 56. Yes, it's horrifying - a child apparently dumped out of a truck by his father. Nearly as horrifying is what unro...



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    When the first Posadas County Mystery, Heartshot, published in 1991, Bill Gastner was the county Undersheriff. Over time Bill became Sheriff, then retired, and Robert Torrez took over the top spot. But what were Torrez's first days as a rookie office...



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    Posadas County, New Mexico, is in the news. NightZone, a mammoth astronomy theme park, is bringing in jobs, media, and such new infrastructure as a slick narrow-gauge railway to transport tourists from the village of Posadas to the tramway running...



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    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...



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    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...



  • 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 brou...



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    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 ...







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    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 ran...



  • 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 ...



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    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 t...



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    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....



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    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 d...





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    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 o...



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    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 ...



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    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 Oate restaura...



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    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 fo...







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    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 ...



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    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...



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    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 tha...



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    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 wh...



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    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 procedural...



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    "Havill...quietly continues a project virtually unique in detective fiction: anchoring his tales of crime and punishment as closely as possible in the rhythms of small-town friends, routines, and calamities." --Kirkus Reviews Rolling stone Wesley Cro...



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    "If what you're hiding is motive, Gastner will ferret it out and do what needs to be done. An outstanding mystery." --Booklist starred review Posadas Register reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with one of Undersheriff Bill Gast...



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    THE SMOKING GUN? With seven days to go before he leaves for his godson's christening, Posadas County undersheriff Bill Gastner isn't looking for a new crime to solve. But the longtime lawman doesn't believe elderly Anna Hocking ended up on the dus...



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    OBSESSION TAKES AIM… It's undersheriff Bill Gastner's most difficult assignment: going on a healthy, relaxing vacation. This hardheaded lawman isn't sure he can survive the hiking, the nonspicy, unfried food and the lack of crimes to solve. So ...



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    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 th...









Complete Series List in Order

A Dr. Thomas Parks Novel

1) Race for the Dying (Oct-2009)
2) Comes a Time for Burning (Feb-2011)

Posadas County

1) Heartshot (Feb-1991)
2) Bitter Recoil (Jul-1992)
3) Twice Buried (Apr-1994)
4) Before She Dies (Mar-1996)
5) Privileged to Kill (Feb-1997)
6) Prolonged Exposure (Apr-1998)
7) Out of Season (Oct-1999)
8) Dead Weight (Oct-2000)
8) Blood Sweep (Jan-2001)
9) Bag Limit (Nov-2001)
10) Scavengers (Sep-2002)
11) Deadly Morsels: Red or Green? (Apr-2003)
12) A Discount for Death (Nov-2003)
13) Convenient Disposal (Sep-2004)
14) Statute of Limitations (Mar-2006)
15) Final Payment (Jun-2007)
16) The Fourth Time Is Murder (Nov-2008)
17) Red, Green, or Murder (Nov-2009)
18) Double Prey (Jan-2011)
19) One Perfect Shot (Jan-2012)
20) Night Zone (Oct-2013)
21) Come Dark (Apr-2016)
22) Easy Errors (Nov-2017)
23) Lies Come Easy (Nov-2018)
24) Less Than a Moment (Mar-2020)
25) No Accident (Mar-2022)