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. No one knows what to believe or who to trust. Tag Man is running for his life in a way he never imagined possible. No one knows who’s watching as they sleep, or who truly did what.
Tag Man is critically acclaimed author Archer Mayor at his very finest.
Crack another case with Joe Gunther.
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Archer Mayor is an enjoyable writer and this was a good story, good characters, interesting plot. However, the narrator did voices so badly that it was really distracting and I almost stopped listening. He read the narrative very well. Someone should tell him that less is more doing voices.
For some unknown reason this guy takes joy in rambling through homes at night while the owners are asleep in their beds. He has control issues and just wants to prove he can do it. Then he finds something he doesn't have control over, which might sound interesting, but the story line just doesn't work.
The originality of the storyline and the flawed protagonists were what made it a 4 star read for me. (As the owner of over 500 hundred audiobooks from audible 5 stars are reserved for exceptional books such as the Girl with the Hornest's trilogy) I need not feel this author resorted to the the mystery formula so many authors employ. Main character in peril and while solving mystery meets love of life with or without romantic conflict added, together after several close calls and near misses pair prevail solve mystery and/or catch bad guys regardless of how inept or ill prepared they are and sail off in sunset to live happily ever after. If a series you know author will never allow main character to come to any harm and risk losing audience ( Kudos to Karin Slaughter and her Grant County series for bucking the trend) Here is an another author who has dared write a novel where everyone does not end up finding the love of their life while battling criminal masterminds and escaping death at every turn and suceed only by sheer dumb luck. His characters are flawed yet believable and the storyline not dictated by the trend of the moment. I would recommend this author to friends and read other titles written by him. It is time to get away from books cranked out so quickly by authors who have achieved best selling status. There are only so many times you can read the same book with different characters and locations. So hats off to Mr. Mayer for daring to write what is not the flavor of the month but his own thoughts and ideas.
This story is a little predictable and lacks imagination. I thought a LOT more could have been done to spice up the overall story with more descriptions of what takes place while he was in the houses. I thought the voices and the performance was first rate and actually kept one interested by keeping the less than engrossing story moving.
Always nice to listen to Dufris, and I read Mayor's Red Herring, so thought I'd try this one - great listen, slightly creepy premise - good stuff! Recommended.
I could probably find something better.
This was not the narrator's fault.
This book was nothing like it's description and while It has a good plot twist it gets muddied down by too many characters and character descriptions. I think the book would have been better if the author had spent less time trying to make every person in the story mean some thing to the listener and used the time on fleshing out the main characters instead.
Twists and Turns
Yes - I was on the edge of my seat - Amazing how he ties all the character together and how they have evolved.
Joe is always my favorite - But Willy is a close second
Being my favorite local author - I love how he ties in all the locations I know.
Definitely. It's a great addition to the author's wonderful Joe Gunther series, and the narration was just right for this story.
Joe Gunther is a survivor of personal tragedies and losses (in previous books in the series). In this book, he is facing, defining, and accepting his own role in those tragedies. The most memorable moment comes when Joe realizes that his team has already accepted him back into the fold long before he has permitted himself to return.
All I've heard have been excellent.
Nearly all of it!
This series has maintained a nearly perfect blend of continuing characters and topical mystery plots. In this book, the mystery plot was perhaps the most exciting of all, and yet the personal elements were equally strong. Archer Mayor just keeps getting better and better!
I really wanted to like this audiobook because there were aspects of the plot I thought might be intriguing. Right away, the listener learns the identity of the Tag Man. The writer doles out snippets. Small details and fragments about his life but these snapshots do little to explain his bizarre behavior. The reader is left to speculate and ponder over his mental disorder.
The story drags on at points, until finally the Tag Man happens upon a strange scene. The writer then switches gears, taking the reader through a maze of circumstances; daring you to solve the puzzle before getting to the end of the story. In spite of the writers efforts to spin a web of mystery and secrets; after the Tag Man's discovery, the story loses its momentum. And truthfully, there was little steam to be had. If you're looking for mild entertainment, this audiobook might suit your needs but it isn't a good read (or listen) for a diehard sleuth enthusiast.
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