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Heartshot

(1991)
(The first book in the Posadas County Mystery series)
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Posadas County, New Mexico, hugging the San Cristobalmountains separating it from Mexico, has very few mean streets. No city-slickcop shop either, but an earnest, elected Sheriff and his aging Undersheriff,William C. Gastner. Pushing sixty, and the girth of his Sam Browne uniformbelt, widower Bill has no other life than in law enforcement-and doesn't wantone, even if he's being nudged gently towards retirement. Then big time troublestrikes.

A car full of teens out by the lake, running from a stop by Deputy Torrez, goesairborne into a rocky outcrop, killing all five kids and revealing a packageunder the seat. A stash of cocaine this size argues someone-or ones-has broughtbig time crime to the county. Were the dead kids merely innocent dupes?Partying that July Fourth night? Dealing? Searching for answers, Bill deploys his department while dealing with grievingparents, one of whom starts packing a gun. Then a second explosion of violencefells an undercover cop whose fate is decided in a tension-filled, brilliantlydescribed, air ambulance flight.

Under pressure, the sheriff's department shows its mettle and pulls together tomake a formidable team. Its weak spot may be Bill whose mind is too tough tocrumble but whose body, long mistreated, gradually succumbs to stress. Ignoringall advice-and sense-he pilots the case to a final dramatic, midairconfrontation where the fate of the killer-and the cop-will be decided....The author's deep affection for southern New Mexico and his gift for vividlyetching ordinary people make this well-plotted first novel a standout.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Steven F Havill's Heartshot

Hardback Editions

February 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Heartshot
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 0-312-05442-4 / 978-0-312-05442-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

2014 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Heartshot
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 0-373-26905-6 / 978-0-373-26905-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Worldwide Library
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January 2013 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Heartshot (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 1-4596-5642-3 / 978-1-4596-5642-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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April 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Heartshot (Posadas County Mysteries)
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 1-890208-29-9 / 978-1-890208-29-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Heartshot by Steven F. Havill, (Bill Gastner Series, Book 1) from Books In Motion.com (Bill Gastner Mystery)
Author(s): Steven F Havill
ISBN: 1-58116-381-9 / 978-1-58116-381-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books In Motion
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March 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Heartshot: An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Books in Motion
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March 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Heartshot: An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Books in Motion
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Heartshot: An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #1
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Books in Motion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Heartshot (Posadas County Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Steven F Havill
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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