He was a black man from Tennessee and they were three white teenagers from Iowa who killed him and took the only thing he ever treasured – his great grandfather’s slave tag.His family never heard from him again. The year was 1940.
Sixty years later a college grad student stumbles upon the unreported crime, decides to investigate it and quickly becomes immersed in its complexity. Joined by his college girlfriend they eventually identify the victim and his assailants,
one of whom they are amazed to learn is still living– a Catholic priest who still has the tag in his possession. Urged on by this guilt-ridden man, the students accept the obligation to return the tag to the victim’s family – if they can
only find them.
Research leads them into the Deep South where they encounter a colorful collection of characters and embark on an adventure they could never have imagined.
I have read both of Buckleys books and they are well worth your tiime. Good reads, good mysteries. Both Slave Tag and Ophelias Brooch get you involved at the very beginning and keep you involved. Wonderful mysteries very well suited for readers of all ages. In both books Buckley has gotten the reader involved with very interesting characters. You will like them all. I especially lliked Ophelias Brooch whick introduces you to a variety of characters, all interesting and fun to follow. OPHELIAS BROOCH and THE SLAVE TAG are both books that keep you interested and the reader stays with the story to the last page. I was sorry to finish both and look forward to Buckleys next book which should be another adventure to travel through. These books honestly belong on your bookshelf.
I began this story because I didn't know about slave tags, and the incident happened in the Midwest. But once I began reading, I couldn't stop. It had been awhile since a story kept me that involved. Robert Buckley has included a strong story line, a wonderful mystery that 2 regular students could solve, and twists and turns with people in the book that kept the reader wanting to know more and to follow the story to the end. Buckley presents a believable story to his readers. It is a good read.
The title alone was enough to interest me -- having no idea what slave tags are. A murder took place at the beginning of the book and mystery followed as two college students found an old camera that contained unprocessed film. The photos led to complex investigative efforts taking them to an outcome beyond their wildest imaginations. I like the writer's ability to keep readers turning pages. It's written for teens to elderly. Buckley's second book, OPHELIA'S BROOCH, adds to the mystery, a generation later. Hearty recommendations for both books. I consider him a master storyteller and hope he writes more!
I really enjoyed the book; the story is compelling and It kept me interested all the way through. I often wondered, "How is this going to play out?" even though I knew who the killer was. Written with attractive simplicity (not overly wordy). I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out, and then I was disappointed that I was finished with the book. This author appeals to all ages, high school to elderly. A hearty recommend.
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