Archer Mayor & His 31st Book

Archer Mayor has a bizarre publishing history, but he has continued to write his Joe Gunther novels. The Orphan’s Guilt, his thirty-first book is available through the Web Store. There might even be a few signed copies left.

Here’s the description of The Orphan’s Guilt.

In Archer Mayor’s intriguing new Vermont-based mystery, The Orphan’s Guilta straightforward traffic stop snowballs into a homicide investigation after Joe Gunther and his fellow investigators peel back layer upon layer of history and personal heartbreak to learn a decades-old hidden truth.

John Rust is arrested for drunk driving by a Vermont state trooper. Looking to find mitigating circumstances, John’s lawyer hires private eye Sally Kravitz to look into the recent death of John’s younger brother, purportedly from a childhood brain injury years earlier. But what was the nature of that injury, and might its mechanism point more to murder than to natural causes? That debate brings in Joe Gunther and his team.

Gunther’s efforts quickly uncover an ancient tale of avarice, betrayal, and vengeance that swirled around the Rust boys growing up. Their parents and the people they consorted with—forgotten, relentless, but now jolted to action by this simple set of circumstances—emerge with a destructive passion. All while the presumably innocent John Rust mysteriously vanishes with no explanation.


If you live away from Vermont, you might not have had the chance to hear Archer Mayor. Enjoy the virtual event!