Occam's Razor
Archer Mayor

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Narrated By: Tom Taylorson

Duration: 12 hours and 49 minutes

What to expect

The body was positioned so that the train would neatly obliterate its head and hands. Dressed in a homeless man’s clothes with empty pockets, it might easily be passed off as an unfortunate John Doe. But Joe Gunther has a knack for knowing when things don’t quite add up, and the math in this case is all kinds of wrong. A toxic waste dumping scheme, a stabbing, and a whole lot of state politics quickly complicate matters further. If Occam’s razor were applied to Gunther’s caseload, how many incisions would it make?


Crime and mystery: police procedural, Crime and mystery fiction, Crime and mystery fiction

Listen to a sample

“Mayor is a painstaking storyteller and the result is a believable, richly detailed story.”

RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“All the story strings are woven with the common sense and low-key heroics that characterize the series, but Mayor’s greatest strength remains his uncanny ability to capture the seedy, seamy sides of life in his home state of Vermont—from evil-smelling public housing projects to factories and workshops rusting away behind the scenic but deceptively pretty greenery.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Homicide detective Joe Gunther investigates two separate but particularly grisly murders…A solid procedural.”

Library Journal

“[Mayor’s] books always offer well-crafted characters, skillful storytelling, and one of the strongest senses of place in the mystery genre. This one won’t disappoint, and a lyrical two hundred-word description of a Brattleboro snowfall might be the sweetest, most knowing two hundred words of the year.”


“Gunther remains thoroughly likable, his Brattleboro interesting and fully realized.”