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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Archer Mayor Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joe Gunther Mysteries Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781482981407
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting.”

    Associated Press

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

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The Tag Man’s break-ins—in addition to renewing Joe’s commitment to his work—trigger a circuitous series of crimes and events that make for great reading. Richly drawn characters and a delightful sense of place are hallmarks of Mayor’s superb procedurals, and they are both in evidence in this fine addition to the series.”

    Booklist

  • “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

  • “Excellent narration plus an involving plot make Mayor’s follow up to Red Herring (also available from AudioGO and read by Dufris) an audio treat…Although initially Dufris’ reading doesn’t jump out and grab you, as the plot builds and he intensifies his pace, his narration slowly and subtly captures our attention. He distinctively voices all characters, using gravelly tones for Joe and more precise speech patterns for some of Joe’s workmates. Female characters, from teenagers to senior citizens, sound natural and believable, no small task for a male reader. Even Joe’s German psychiatrist speaks in a believable dialect. This spellbinding procedural receives a top-notch reading. Series fans and new listeners alike will be pleased.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • ”William Dufris has the gift of making the listener forget about the narrator as he keeps the suspense going. Just when things seem to be falling into place, the plot twists unexpectedly. Dufris makes the characters feel like old friends, each one distinctly defined by his or her vocal quality—and he is especially great at making the listener root for the ‘Tag Man,’ a very intriguing character! Joe Gunther fans and newcomers will enjoy this entertaining mystery.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2012 Dilys Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Lane | 2/18/2014

    " Mayor has an outstanding series going. This one, like all the previous numbers I've read is a delightful read. Mayor's plots are interesting without being overly elaborate. The situations are close enough to reality to be believable without straining credulity, as are the actions taken by the characters. The character delineations are three dimensional, and each novel adds a bit to the continuing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Stoess | 2/3/2014

    " Great. One of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Wargo | 1/26/2014

    " It was fun reading a book that takes place in an area that I was just traveling a few weeks ago. Great story. The Tag Man a clever character. A cat burglar with a daughter and slightly tarnished heart of gold. In his weird breaking into game he stumbles across the wrong stuff which leads to a cast of corrupt characters and quite the chase through central VT. Although part of a lengthy series, this could easily have been read without reading the others. This is the book choice for the northeast CT reads program for 2013. Mr Mayor will be speaking in June to area residents about his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/12/2014

    " Good follow up to "Red Herring," and impressive given that Archer Mayor's series featuring Joe Gunther is now 20+ books. I enjoyed how the various plots eventually intertwined. One thing that Mayor could do less of: No need to refer to past plots in the series, especially given the previous volume of books. Authors with series often do this and it's a nuisance - let those who haven't read previous books go do so. No need to trot out summaries that are familiar to those who have read the series all along. Just a nit... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry Rogers | 1/2/2014

    " The Joe Gunther books are worth reading, but it's been a while since they were complex enough to excite rapt attention. After a very promising opening, the perp gets trotted out right in the open, as though that would enhance the war of wits. I'd rather a bit of mystery in a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/26/2013

    " As dark and sad as the last Joe Gunther book was, this is much lighter and yet still has compelling characters and a touch of dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Kelly | 11/26/2013

    " My first Archer Mayor novel. Solid work that is best when Mayor is in the Tag Man's POV. A bit too much plot at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Hofmann | 11/22/2013

    " Second book of his that I've read. Good staple crime genre, a fast read. One socially inept character manages to stumble on to two old criminals who thought they were hidden. And the chase is on.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 11/1/2013

    " The 'bad' guy is also kind of complicated in this and also not the murderer--so it is a short enjoyable read, with a reasonable amount of plot twist and likable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/16/2013

    " An interesting little read. A bit predictable, but why have I waited so long to read this series of murder mysteries? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/13/2013

    " I can't say that I would recommend this book. It is just okay. The premise is good but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 8/28/2013

    " Picked up the audio version at the library when I was between reserved books. Interesting plot, maybe good enough to go back and read another Joe Gunther. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/22/2013

    " Loved the plot twists and the complicated "who's trying to kill whom?" plot. It's never a straight path with Archer Mayor; always entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 6/3/2013

    " The Tag Man makes for an interesting opponent for Gunther and company, and then he finds himself on run from "bad guys" of a completely different dimension. A very enjoyable story in a solid series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 3/18/2013

    " Quick read ut enjoyable as locations are somewhat local to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/10/2013

    " A good read, but I found the ending disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 11/13/2012

    " I enjoyed this police procedural even though it appears to be nearly the most recent in a series. A little hard to keep everyone straight but a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herzog | 3/9/2012

    " An intriguing idea to get the reader into the story. It provides for some suspenseful scenes and culminates in something of a far-fetched ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy Bearse | 1/16/2012

    " Good, but not Mayor's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 11/14/2011

    " The premise is pretty out-there, but the writing is good and the action is fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 10/31/2011

    " The Joe Gunther books are worth reading, but it's been a while since they were complex enough to excite rapt attention. After a very promising opening, the perp gets trotted out right in the open, as though that would enhance the war of wits. I'd rather a bit of mystery in a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muriel | 10/29/2011

    " I really enjoy these Joe Gunther mysteries. This one had a slightly different tone and I found it very engrossing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/18/2011

    " Latest Joe Gunther adventure where the bad guy is actually a reasonably good guy and there are worse bad guys. A light and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 10/4/2011

    " Mayor continues the Joe Gunther saga with yet another masterful mystery. Tag Man has some interesting plot twists that surprise the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 9/5/2011

    " The premise is pretty out-there, but the writing is good and the action is fun. "

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About the Author
Author Archer Mayor

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series of mystery novels featuring detective Joe Gunther, of which Tag Man was a New York Times bestseller. He is a past winner of the New England Book Award for his body of work, the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. He also works as a death investigator, a sheriff’s deputy, and a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He lives in Newfane, Vermont.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.