Cut To Wagstaff by Jim Berkin

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“Professor Wagstaff ” - who combines James Bond & Sherlock Holmes with Groucho Marx - is the code name of a freelance intelligence agent. He's an expert on far too many things - and an all around wisecracking nudnik. Wagstaff deciphers clues only he can see as true Jungian synchronicities. After matching them up to the endless storehouse of narratives in his overloaded brain… songs, movies, television, art…. Wagstaff follows those narratives wherever they may lead. Does it work? Does it actually solve crimes and uncover hidden international conspiracies? How could it not? Follow along with Wagstaff – he’ll be your irreverent guide to his mind and adventures. When one of his colleagues goes missing, Wagstaff follows a trail of not-so-coincidental coincidences that lead to stolen diamonds, missing lady scientists, accidents that look more like murders and a secret plot to take over the minds of everyone on Earth! After all, what else could possibly be concluded from Wagsaff’s mental mishmash of The Third Man, Diamonds Are Forever and Rigoletto? Well, there’s also a billionaire hot dog magnate who may or may not be behind it all, dreams featuring celebrities foretelling the future and random baseball trivia to round out Wagstaff’s peculiar way of seeing reality. And why does Wagstaff's ex-girlfriend keep turning up wherever the clues lead? Surely that must be only a coincidence, since Groucho always needs a Margaret Dumont to play off of … or is she in on the plot? After all, if Wagstaff really believes in Jungian synchronicity, it means there are no such things as coincidences...

About Jim Berkin

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Jim Berkin is the alter-ego of Professor Wagstaff. In between far too many years of drinking, gambling & cat petting, he's taught film & television, along with more history and pop culture courses than there's room to list here. This is his first novel with dirty words in it, and there'll certainly be much more of both in the future. Ongoing updates from the Berkin/Wagstaff perspective can be followed at www.jimberkin.comAnd stop following him or he'll have you arrested.
Published June 13, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Berkin puts popular culture to the test as Professor Wagstaff, a lecturer of film and art (among various other professions), sets out to solve a mystery.

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