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Cruising along state road 17, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is sitting warm and comfortable in his patrol car, looking for no one or nothing in particular, when he first lays eyes on Wesley Crocker, who is pushing his baggage-laden old bicycle toward Posadas along the road's shoulder. Gastner notices the man's flat tire and offers him a lift into town. Now, Gastner is not oneCruising along state road 17, Undersheriff Bill Gastner is sitting warm and comfortable in his patrol car, looking for no one or nothing in particular, when he first lays eyes on Wesley Crocker, who is pushing his baggage-laden old bicycle toward Posadas along the road's shoulder. Gastner notices the man's flat tire and offers him a lift into town. Now, Gastner is not one for small talk or nosy questions, and Crocker strikes him as a good man. A good man in need of a good meal, but a good man all the same. Gastner drops him off in front of the Don Juan de Oñate Restaurant, having learned little about the traveler, but soon afterward, a child's body is found beneath the high school's bleachers. The traveler is camping in the neighboring field and quickly becomes the police chief's suspect. Gastner may regret not having done a bit more snooping when he had Crocker in the passenger seat, but he can't argue with his gut instinct: Wesley Crocker may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he did not murder this child.In this fifth outing, Gastner remains arthritic, overweight, insomniac, and in otherwise fine form as he sifts through Posadas County's greater egos in order to find out what happened that night under the bleachers....

Title : Privileged to Kill
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ISBN : 9780312151966
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 259 Pages
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Privileged to Kill Reviews

  • Monica Willyard
    2019-04-05 17:00

    This author is really good at creating scenery, characters with depth, and interesting scenarios. This is the second of his books that I have read, and I enjoy the world the author has created. However, the ending seemed more confusing and unbelievable than anything. It wasn’t just that I didn’t guess who the culprit was. It’s more that I don’t understand the culprits motive or how he accomplished the crime. I was left shaking my head and feeling vaguely unsettled. If it weren’t for that, I would rate this book much higher.

  • Lewis Dually
    2019-04-11 16:52

    As alway, Steven Havill has produced about her fantastic murder mystery.

  • Elly Wendy
    2019-04-07 19:17

    4* Enjoyed this a lot and will be looking for more in the series or by this author. In this case, the narrator made a big difference. I'm familiar with him and he always adds to the story.

  • Janice
    2019-04-21 15:59

    I continue to greatly enjoy this series. In this one, a teenage girl is found dead. An older drifter found by Undersheriff Bill Gastner as he crosses through town pushing his worn out bicycle, becomes the police chief's focus for the murder of this girl. However, Gastner is not so sure. The character of Wesley Crocker is an interesting addition to this book, and the author does a great job of slowly developing him as a man who decided more than 30 years earlier to live his life on the road, working occasionally when a little cash is needed, and seeing a whole lot of the country. The landscape of southern New Mexico is always an integral part of the books in this series, and descriptions of the natural surroundings as well as the cultural ones in a county bordering Mexico, make this a compelling read.

  • Linda
    2019-04-10 18:19

    I generally love the Posadas Mystery books by this author. This one was somewhat depressing with a teenager getting murdered and teen angst and such. Still a good book and worth reading though.

  • Patricia Mccammon
    2019-04-25 15:06

    Every book in this series is a great read.

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-04-08 18:19

    I love this series, and it would be extremely easy for me to sit down and read each book one right after the other. But I don't. I make myself parcel them out one at a time-- almost like giving myself a gift every six months or so.What makes this series so good? Just about everything. Fictional Posadas County, New Mexico, is right on the border with Mexico. Havill uses the landscape and the weather to paint in details of his setting, but he also uses situations that arise with our neighbor to the south. In the case of Privileged to Kill, it's the sad fate of Maria Ibarra, an illegal immigrant who's come from Mexico to get an education and a future only to die an ignoble death. It's details like this that make Havill's stories ring true.Then there's always some sort of science/technical angle that's downright intriguing-- like the car wreck in this book. I know that not everyone is interested in such things, but not to worry. The author doesn't bog down the story with these facts. He uses them to add some spice to the investigation.Hands down, the absolute best part of this book-- and the entire series-- is the cast of characters. Bill Gastner isn't in the best of health, but he's just the kind of tough old cuss who's going to die in harness. He doesn't know when to quit. He usually has his breakthrough flashes of inspiration when he's had the least sleep... and he's compassionate. Most people would drive right on by Wesley Crocker, but not Bill Gastner. He stops. He talks with Wesley for a minute or two, then he helps load the bike into the trunk of his patrol car and gives Wesley a ride into town as well as tips on places to eat and sleep. Bill's the type of man who's going to give everyone a fair break.We also get to see Gastner mentor his boss. Sheriff Holman has a lot to learn, and he's smart enough to pay attention to his undersheriff. Most of the time. The same can't always be said for Pasquale, the new deputy. Gung-ho Pasquale wants to make a name for himself, and that just might wind up getting him killed. Gastner knows this, and I liked watching how he worked with the younger man.Gastner's wife is dead, and his four sons live far away, but he is not without family. Adopted family. Deputy Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her doctor husband are valuable additions to the town of Posadas, and they care about Gastner as much as he cares for them. It's a pleasure watching Estelle and Gastner work together. Also, the lives of these three main characters grow and change with each book. Can you read this book as a standalone? Yes, you can, but if you love excellent characterizations, start at the beginning and savor each one.I could ramble on forever. I love Havill's characters. I love the way he brings New Mexico to life. I also love how his stories are so simple on the surface (like the one here in Privileged to Kill) yet have real depth. Steven F. Havill's Posadas County mysteries truly deserve to be bestsellers instead of the hidden gems they tend to be. I highly, highly recommend them.

  • Ed
    2019-04-08 18:20

    #5 in the Posadas County mystery series. This series adds real life issues such as aging and heart problems to the mystery venue. Rural Posadas County, NM on the Mexican border provides yet another dimension to raise this series above many of its cookie cutter brethren. Undersheriff Bill Gastner serves as mentor to his brilliant young deputy Estelle Guzman-Reyes.Posadas County mystery - Bill Gastner labors 'round the clock to solve the death of 15-year-old Maria Ibarra. The first suspect is Wesley Crocker, an itinerant. Gastner feels Crocker is innocent. Then a popular student is killed in a car accident. Gastner and Estelle Reyes-Guzman pull the case together, while she and her doctor husband urge Bill to care for himself.

  • Robert Scott
    2019-04-15 14:17

    Finished 05/24/2014. Bill Gastner picks up a drifter whose bicycle tire has gone flat along the highway & treats him to a meal. When the man retires for the night near the school football field, there is a lot of activity & a young girl's body is left under the bleachers. The nomad is picked up by the police and put in a cell. G believes him when he says he did not kill the girl. Then as the students are returning from an away game there is a terrible accident that kills one of the students. Another unpopular girl steals a gun and tells the officers that she intended to kill the driver of the pickup because he killed her brother some years before. #5 +

  • Rosemary
    2019-03-27 13:54

    PROTAGONIST: Undersheriff Bill GastnerSERIES: #5SETTING: New MexicoI'm still loving Gastner and his colleagues, but this one had a character that I didn't think rang true, and whose story never really got wrapped up. Annoying. Also, I think he was going for a look at how police treat " people of interest" differently depending on their backgrounds, and it didn't work for me.

  • Robert Muller
    2019-04-06 19:00

    This is the best-written of the Gastner novels I've read so far, very subtle characterizations and excellent use of point of view. There is perhaps a little too much brow furrowing, but it's all showing at least, not telling. The mystery is engaging, as is the police procedural aspect. I do wonder how Gastner makes it through the novel, though, no spoilers but jeez....

  • E
    2019-04-16 15:03

    I really enjoy this series. The continuing development of the relationships between Bill, Estelle, and Francis seems very realistic and touching to me. Havill is very good at creating walk-through characters like Crocker, whose transient bicycle touring character and mode of speaking are pegged solid. Once again, Rusty Nelson's narration is pitch perfect.

  • Ellen Dark
    2019-04-22 19:05

    I liked this book about Under-sheriff Bill Gastner, the fifth in the series. Gastner has his work cut out for him when the body of a young girl is found under the bleachers at the local high school. The series is similar to Craig Johnson's Longmire series.

  • Vicki Gooding
    2019-04-01 19:15

    Undersheriff Bill Gastner is Posadas County. As usual a lot of excitement, humor, and anticipation. I love these books. Just not sure I like the direction this one now appears to be taking the series.

  • Debbie Mcnally
    2019-03-30 14:17

    Great Audio book the narrator reminded me of how my Dad would tell tales. Great for someone who loves mystery and older.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-22 13:55

    A good series with solid characters and interesting mysteries. I've now read three in the series and am still really enjoying it.

  • Gypsy Lady
    2019-04-04 13:56

    Fictional American Southwest setting featuring Sheriff Gastner and company.

  • April
    2019-04-09 13:16

    Great Book!!

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2019-04-14 18:55

    I recommend this mystery series. set in small town in new mexico not far from the mexican border. main characters are interesting and plots are decent.

  • Jim Sampson
    2019-04-03 15:06

    Another great edition to this fine series.

  • Kira
    2019-04-16 15:13

    Outstanding, small town southwest mystery series. Great writing, good plots and not over the top at all. Highly recommend anything by Steve Havill.