Tag Man (Joe Gunther Series #22)

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"Archer Mayor's Vermont police procedurals are the best thing going..." —New York Times Book Review

Across Brattleboro, Vermont, rich people (some with dark secrets) are waking up in their high security, alarm-equipped homes to find a Post-it note stuck to their bedside tables reading, "You're it." There is little sign of disturbance anywhere, nothing stolen (that anyone admits,) and only a bit of expensive food eaten as a signature. The Press loves the story and dubs the ...

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Overview

"Archer Mayor's Vermont police procedurals are the best thing going..." —New York Times Book Review

Across Brattleboro, Vermont, rich people (some with dark secrets) are waking up in their high security, alarm-equipped homes to find a Post-it note stuck to their bedside tables reading, "You're it." There is little sign of disturbance anywhere, nothing stolen (that anyone admits,) and only a bit of expensive food eaten as a signature. The Press loves the story and dubs the burglar the Tag Man.

But who is he? And what’s he actually doing? In fact, he’s quickly running for his life, for what he discovers in one of these houses appears to be proof of a heinous string of murders. But is it? Joe Gunther, struggling to recover from a devastating personal loss, leads his VBI team to untangle the many conflicting pieces of evidence, while the burglar himself struggles for survival in the no-man’s-land between the police and the villains. With no one knowing what to believe, or who to trust, with Tag Man running for his life in a way he never imagined possible, as no one knows who’s watching as they sleep, or who truly did what, the Tag Man is critically acclaimed author Archer Mayor at his very finest.

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Publishers Weekly
Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther procedural (after 2010’s Red Herring) offers strong ensemble play from Gunther, head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation, and VBI staffers Willy Kunkle, Sammie Martens, and Lester Spinney as well as their Brattleboro police colleague, Ron Klesczewski. The action centers on the person known as “Tag Man,” who breaks into supposedly secure, occupied houses, explores them, takes nothing of value, but leaves a Post-it as his calling card. The Tag Man enjoys the challenge and the risk, until he makes a grisly discovery and is identified by one of his victims, who sends a hit man after him. Gunther, though on medical leave following a grievous personal loss, volunteers to help Klesczewski unmask the Tag Man. Multiple games of cat-and-mouse ensue as the Tag Man tries to elude both police and a determined killer. Vermont’s history and geography again serve Mayor well in this deadly and highly entertaining entry. (Oct.)
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"It’s hard to imagine a more likable thief than Mayor’s Tag Man—or, for that matter, a more companionable lawman than the time-and-trouble-tested Sage of Brattleboro."

Kirkus Reviews

 

"Vermont’s history and geography again serve Mayor well in this deadly and highly entertaining entry."

—Publishers Weekly

 

"Every library needs Mayor's police procedural series ... on its shelves."

—Library Journal

Library Journal
Every library needs Mayor's police procedural series (Red Herring) on its shelves. Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team try to figure out who's behind the puzzling "tag man" burglaries.
Kirkus Reviews
Joe Gunther (Red Herring, 2010, etc.) returns in the strange case of a burglar not so much. In Brattleboro, Vt., the privileged classes are experiencing the downside of being upper. That's because Tag Man has made it unavoidably clear where he sees his targets of opportunity. Tag Man is the slick, savvy operator who slips ghostlike past sophisticated security systems but never seems to steal anything of substance. He's struck the houses of Brattleboro's rich and famous half a dozen times now, pilfering esoterically--a wedge of chocolate cake here, a spread of caviar on crackers there--and leaving behind nary a clue. Except, of course, his signature calling cards, sardonic "You're it" Post-It notes that have made him the media's favorite antihero and earned him his jokey nickname. But then, suddenly, the game takes a significantly darker turn. Someone, somehow, has promoted Tag Man from a figure of fun to a serious threat. Someone, in fact, contemplates murder if certain hard-eyed individuals can locate Tag Man who, perceiving his difficulties, has quite sensibly gone on the lam. Which means that Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team find themselves in an anomalous position. They have to catch a thief, all right, but in order to protect him. It's hard to imagine a more likable thief than Mayor's Tag Man--or, for that matter, a more companionable lawman than the time-and-trouble-tested Sage of Brattleboro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250006929
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Joe Gunther Series , #22
  • Edition description: First Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 360,134
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ARCHER MAYOR is a death investigator, a sheriff's deputy, and a volunteer firefighter and EMT in addition to being a novelist. He lives in Newfane, Vermont. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    I just finished this book and I loved it. I think this is Archer

    I just finished this book and I loved it. I think this is Archer Mayor's best book yet. The story has great new characters and surprising plot twists that really work. I first learned about Mayor from book reviews while living in Florida, but while growing up in New England I spent summer vacations in Vermont and traveled over much of the state for work. I even spent a night at the Lyn-Burke Motel in Lyndonville, where Joe Gunther stayed in one of the books. It adds enjoyment when the story takes place in places that you're familiar with. The only bad part is since I have read all the books I have to wait till the next one comes out to read another one. I hope its as good as this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    CELIAS ROOM

    Heyyy!!!! Imma Celia and I love..........PEANUT BUTTER!!!!! ^_^

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

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    Convoluted, but Good

    This long-running series finds Joe Gunther really depressed, the result of the murder of his girlfriend during an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the Governor in the previous novel. He’s on sick leave and at loose ends, so he edges back into work by volunteering to help the Vermont Bureau of Investigations investigate a series of break-ins.

    Surely one of the more bizarre perpetrators in the annals of crime fiction, labeled the “Tag Man,” enters homes at night, usually not stealing anything, eating some food, wandering around homes highly protected by all kinds of surveillance equipment, and then leaving a Post-it note as sort of a calling card. On one of his ‘visits’ he does take some incriminating material from the desk of a “retired” Boston mobster, and in another finds scrapbooks containing pictures of what appear to be murdered women. These two events set off a chain which soon has him running for his life.

    Two things about this novel are somewhat perplexing. First of all, Joe Gunther is one of the better characters of any series around: smart, personable, professional. However, he seems to be developing into more of a grandfatherly type. And to top that, hard-nosed, wise-cracking Willy Kunkle now turns out to be a soft-hearted daddy. More importantly, while the plot develops amid many devious twists, it is brought to a swift, but relatively uninspired conclusion. It almost seems as if the author became bored and decided to call it a day. It is, nonetheless, recommended.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    As usual Archer Mayor doesn't disappoint

    I have read every Joe Gunther novel that's available as an ebook and have thoroughly enjoyed every one! Would recommend the series highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    A Must Read for all Mayor fans or Not

    Wonderful as usual, nice follow up from last book. If you are not an Archer Mayor fan-each book is better than the preceding one. If you have never read a Joe Gunther book, I suggest you start with the first and read your way to the most recent, it is worth the trip.

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