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Dead Weight

(2000)
(The eighth book in the Posadas County Mystery series)
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Steven F. Havill has been delighting readers with Undersheriff Bill Gastner for years. In this eighth book in a series full of authentic New Mexico flavor, 69 year-old Bill Gastner takes on the job of sheriff of Posadas County. It's a relatively rural area near the Mexican border and is sparsely populated, but crime, as Gastner well knows, can grow and flourish anywhere.

The first problem he faces is the appearance an anonymous letter. The letter alleges that Gastner's deputy, Thomas Pasquale is stopping Mexican nationals and demanding money before they can go back over the border. Then other people come forward, saying that they also received the letter. It's a dilemma for the sheriff. He doesn't want to accuse the young deputy and find he's innocent; he doesn't want to let him go unpunished if he's guilty. Gastner decides to investigate the matter for himself.

Before he can get to it, however, Gastner is called to the scene of a bizarre accident. A man had been fixing a tired on his backhoe when the chain holding the tire must have slipped. The tire dropped and crushed the man to death. The victim was Jim Sisson and he and his wife Grace were notorious for their marital spats? the police had even been called to their home 3 times that same day. Grace refuses to say what the arguments were about saying that it was between her and Jim. As the investigation continues, it becomes clear that it wasn't an accident after all and Gastner tries to solve the case before another innocent life is lost.

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Steven F Havill's Dead Weight

Hardback Editions

October 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: Dead Weight: A Sheriff Bill Gastner Mystery
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 0-312-25203-X / 978-0-312-25203-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Dead Weight: Posadas County Mystery (the Posadas County Mysteries (Paperback))
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 1-4596-5640-7 / 978-1-4596-5640-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
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December 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dead Weight: A Posadas County Mystery (Posadas County Mysteries)
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 1-59058-662-X / 978-1-59058-662-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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January 2002 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Dead Weight (Worldwide Library Mysteries)
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 0-373-26408-9 / 978-0-373-26408-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Worldwide Library
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Dead Weight by Steven F. Havill, (Bill Gastner Mystery Series, Book 8) from Books In Motion.com
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 1-58116-925-6 / 978-1-58116-925-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books In Motion
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dead Weight: A Sheriff Bill Gastner Mystery
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Books in Motion
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October 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Dead Weight: A Sheriff Bill Gastner Mystery
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Books in Motion
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October 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Dead Weight: A Sheriff Bill Gastner Mystery
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Books in Motion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dead Weight (Bill Gastner #8) (Posadas County Mysteries)
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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