Steven F. Havill Books

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Steven F. Havill is an American author that writes westerns, police procedurals, and mysteries. Havill, who is married to Kathleen, a fellow artist, and writer, attended the University of New Mexico from where he got his BA and MA. He teaches biology and English to high school students.

Order of Bill Gastner Mystery Series

1Heartshot 1991Description / Buy
2Bitter Recoil 1992Description / Buy
3Twice Buried 1994Description / Buy
4Before She Dies 1996Description / Buy
5Privileged to Kill 1997Description / Buy
6Prolonged Exposure 1998Description / Buy
7Out of Season 1999Description / Buy
8Dead Weight 2000Description / Buy
9Bag Limit 2001Description / Buy
10One Perfect Shot 2011Description / Buy
11Easy Errors 2017Description / Buy

Order of Posadas County Mystery Series

1Scavengers 2002Description / Buy
2A Discount for Death 2003Description / Buy
3Convenient Disposal 2004Description / Buy
4Statute of Limitations 2006Description / Buy
5Final Payment 2007Description / Buy
6The Fourth Time Is Murder 2008Description / Buy
7Red, Green, or Murder 2009Description / Buy
8Double Prey 2010Description / Buy
9NightZone 2013Description / Buy
10Blood Sweep 2015Description / Buy
11Come Dark 2016Description / Buy
12Lies Come Easy 2018Description / Buy
13Less Than a Moment 2020Description / Buy
14No Accident 2022Description / Buy

Order of Dr. Thomas Parks Series

1Race for the Dying 2009Description / Buy
2Comes a Time for Burning 2010Description / Buy

Order of Steven F. Havill Standalone Novels

1The Killer 1981Description / Buy
2The Worst Enemy 1984Description / Buy
3Timber Blood 1985Description / Buy
4Leadfire 1985Description / Buy
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Havill kickstarted his literary career by writing medical westerns. The author was fascinated by the history of medicine. He turned that fascination into four westerns. Eventually, he abandoned Westerns for the mystery genre.

Havill is best known for the Bill Gastner mysteries series and the Posadas County Series. While the two series exist separately, they are so intimately intertwined that some people categorize them as a single series.

Bill Gastner mysteries came out first. It followed Bill Gastner, an aging sheriff struggling to keep up with the times. Once Bill retired, Estella, an undersheriff introduced in previous novels took over, paving the way for the Posadas County series.

When Havill wrote ‘Heartshot’, he had no idea that it would become the first in a series that would span dozens of novels. In fact, he did not intend to turn Bill Gastner’s story into a series, and neither did he discuss the possibility with his publisher.

When he introduced Bill to his readers, the character was a 60-year-old Sheriff just moments away from retirement. The finale of ‘Heartshot’ gave Havill an obvious direction to take the sequel, a direction that brought Bill even closer to retirement. But even then, all Havill knew was that he wanted to write a sequel.

It wasn’t until that sequel, ‘Bitter Recoil’, came out that the author began to toy with the notion of writing a series. Bill was not only likable but versatile. Havill realized that he could take the character in a variety of directions to keep the stories from growing stale, which is what he did.

In the years that followed, Havill did something interesting. He allowed his characters to age in real-time. Doing so compelled the author to phase Bill out of the story in favor of a younger cast of characters that could pick up where he left off.

Havill used some of his personality traits to create Bill. The Sheriff was struggling to keep up with the trends when Havill’s readers met him. He did not understand modern advancements and this contributed to the frustration he felt towards his job, not to mention his desire to find a replacement.

Havill could empathize with the protagonist. The author reached a point where he couldn’t imagine teaching a class of students armed with phones and tablets. Like Bill, he couldn’t keep up with the advancements in technology.

Best Steven F. Havill Books

The author describes himself as a cinematic storyteller that can see the scenes he writes quite clearly in his mind. Some of Havill’s best novels including:

Heartshot: William C. Gastner is approaching 60. As sheriff, he does what he can to keep Posadas County in New Mexico safe. But his age is a problem. Bill doesn’t have a social life. Law enforcement is all he knows. It is all he wants. And yet, he cannot ignore the fact that retirement is around the corner.

Bill is forced to put his personal struggles on hold when a car flies into a rocky outcrop. The fact that all five teens died in the crash is the least of Bill’s worries. Yes, he has grieving parents to console. But he also knows that a bigger threat is looming over the horizon. The teens had a significant stash of cocaine under the seat of the car, and Bill is not convinced that it was solely for recreational purposes.

Bitter Recoil: Bill was supposed to follow up his quadruple bypass with a long vacation. His body needed the rest. But Bill was determined to reunite with Estelle Reyes. His former detective was now working in San Estevan County.

But any plans Bill had were thrown out the window when he and Estelle came across an intriguing mystery. Someone had thrown a woman out of a moving vehicle. At first, it looked like a failed rape attempt. But then four more people died and Bill realized that he had to put his vacation on hold.

When Does The Next Steven F. Havill book come out?

The next book by Steven F. Havill is No Accident and will be released on March, 22nd 2022. It is the newest book in the Posadas County Mystery Series.

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