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Tag Man by Archer Mayor
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Oct 05, 11

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Read in October, 2011

TAG MAN. (2011). Archer Mayor. ****.
Here’s the latest crime novel from Mr. Mayor featuring Joe Gunther and his team on the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). Although Joe is still suffering from a massive sense of guilt from when his current ladyfriend was shot and killed, mistakenly taken for his former girl friend, the current Governor of the state, he slowly gets involved in this current case. It starts out as a non-major crime and is being worked by the local Brattleboro police. Joe’s assistant, Willy, manages to stick his nose into it, though and the case takes on new dimensions. It seems that someone is breaking into houses of the rich who live in seclusion on the outskirts of Brattleboro in their new mini-mansions, and leaving Post-It notes that say, “TAG” in conspicuous places in the house. This sneak breaker-and-enterer (he’s not a thief, since he doesn’t take anything) manages to get past the various elaborate security systems without detection. He does manage to raid the refigerators of his victims and eat some of their up-scale foods. What happens, however, when this clever B&Eer finds something he shouldn’t while going through people’s things – like maybe evidence of a serial killer who has managed to keep souveniers of his exploits. Now our stalker becomes the stalked when he is discovered by this homicidal suspect. This is a clever plot and keeps the VBI jumping through the hoops. It’s not a mystery in the classical sense, since we learn who the tag man is by page 25 or so. It’s what happens to him and what he has to do to protect himself and his daughter from forces of evil that he didn’t know existed in this small New England town. Recommended.
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