Fruits of the Poisonous Tree is the next book in the Joe Gunther Mystery series by Archer Mayor and as he announces in the beginning of the book, it is his first book in the series in which there is no murder that starts off the book. Instead Fruits of the Poisonous Tree is heralded by a rape that hits close to home. Upon investigating the rape they uncover a string of similar rapes nearby. At the same time Lt. Gunther has to deal with the victim standing up and not wanting to be anonymous. Can he catch the rapist before he strikes again?
As with previous books his writing has improved over time. In this book Mayor uses a lot of realism of the event to create a realistic environment and adds emotion in on top to level it off. The fact that the book deals with a rape and not a murder has no effect on the series. The investigation is quite similar to the past murder investigations. It left me wanting to read the next book in the series.