The marble mask
The autopsy reveals an ice-pick wound to the heart, a Canadian driver's license dating back to just after World War Two, and that fact that the body's been dead & frozen for over fifty years.
The body is Jean Deschamps, an old-time smuggler from Sherbrooke, Quebec, who made a fortune during the war as an industrialist. His son Michel, now dying of cancer, has run the crime-family business since his father's disappearance. Both the Hell's Angels and the Montreal-based Rock Machine are interested in taking over the Deschamps turf. Was the evidence suggesting that Michel killed his own father a plant by those two factions? Indications are that Jean believed his older son, Antoine, had been murdered in the Italian campaign during the war, and not killed in combat as reported. And there are rumors a priceless marble mask by Michaelangelo also vanished around the same time, never to be seen again and that one of Antoine's fellow combatants is now a wealthy recluse in Stowe.
Joe and his brand new Vermont Bureau of Investigation team, including Sam and Willy, set out to solve these riddles amid an increasingly dangerous political intrigue involving cops and crooks on both sides of the border.
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|Grouping Title||marble mask|
|Grouping Author||mayor archer|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-01-17 04:37:00AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-02-20 04:52:26AM|
|author2-role||Blackstone Audio, Inc., Taylorson, Tom.|Narrator|
|display_description||Joe Gunther, a Brattleboro, Vermont, cop, is the head of the new Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI), a joint task force charged with statewide responsibility for major crimes. In The Marble Mask, the VBI's first case takes the force north to Stowe, where a fifty-year-old corpse has turned up in a crevasse on Mt. Mansfield. Some of the more interesting minor characters in author Archer Mayor's long-running series about the amiable elder sleuth make return appearances here as Joe's teammates-like one-armed Willy, a former wife-beater who's now playing footsie with Sammie Martens, one of Joe's favorite colleagues. When the frozen stiff turns out to have been a big-time Canadian crime boss named Jean Deschamps who disappeared after World War II, Joe and his gang cross the border to work with the Mounties, the Surete, and the local cops in Sherbrooke, where Deschamps' son Marcel is involved in a turf war with the Hell's Angels and a rival gang of thugs. Old secrets and intrigues come to light while an intricate plan to frame a dying man for a half-century-old crime forms an interesting puzzle that's not fully revealed until the very end.|
|itype_aacpl||Downloadable Audio Book|
|owning_library_aacpl||Anne Arundel County Public Library Online|
|record_details||external_econtent:ils:a1524355|eAudiobook|eAudiobooks|Unabridged.|English|Blackstone Audio ;|2018, p2018.|1 online resource (9 hr., 10 min.), ils:a1524355|eAudiobook|eAudiobooks|Unabridged.|English|Blackstone Audio ;|2018, p2018.|1 online resource (9 hr., 10 min.)|
|series||Joe Gunther mysteries|
|series_with_volume||Joe Gunther mysteries|11|
|subject_facet||Audiobooks, Detective and mystery stories, FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General|
|title_display||The marble mask|
|title_full||The marble mask [eAudio] / Archer Mayor|
|title_short||The marble mask|
|topic_facet||FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General|