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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books; Reprint edition (April 24 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080411160X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804111607
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 11 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I read and loved The Butcher's Boy, Perry's first novel. I was really looking forward to this one, but it disappointed me.
In the first book, Perry was straightforward and to the point. In Sleeping Dogs, it's almost as if Perry was told by someone that you have to explain every detail of every character. This includes people who are just about to be killed. So with every new character he brings in, we get a few pages of history on the person, only to have them get killed a second later, or leave the plot line never to be heard from again.
The ending was a real disappointment. The method Perry uses to allow The Butcher's Boy to get away is very poor. I really felt cheated.
So my advice is read the first one, and skip the second.
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By A Customer on Sept. 7 2003
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Sleeping Dogs, I admit, was the first book I read by Thomas Perry. I have since read and enjoyed, to varying degrees, all his other works. I always come back to Sleeping Dogs though. It is definitely my favorite book, and when ever I read it, it's as if I've come home again. I realize it's almost scary to have a person sympathize with the Butcher's Boy as much as I do, but I constantly admire, appreciate, and understand his ruthless and logical approach to solving problems. I also felt that the "villains" in the book were incredibly fun, and provided a good balance. it's difficult to pick favorites, but Fratelli, the one who is infuriated more and more while trying to escape the Butcher's Boy, and shake off the clingy paranoid bank manager, as well As Bala himself with his unbelievable losing streak against his Gin partner in prison are definite stand outs to me. Also Jack Hamp, I felt, was a wonderful addition as the flip side of the coin to the Butcher's Boy. And of course, I fell in love with the Honourable Meg as well. Overall, I just feel this book is exciting, amusing, ironic, and just thoroughly enjoyable. The only fault I can find is that Perry's Mafia structure doesn't quite jive with reality, but it really doesn't matter. I keep trying to figure out if certain people are from New York, or if they're Chicago, but in Perry's world it seems like Mafia is Mafia, with no real seperation. And that doesn't ultimately matter. To sum up, I feel this book is flawless, and will probably continue to read it once a month until my eyes go.
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- nothing else to say about this unremarkable book.
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By D. Wolf on March 28 2003
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This sequel to the incredible "Butcher's Boy" is classic Perry. It involves an extended travel, continuous pursuit, detailed descriptions of the settings, and considerable, mostly believable carnage.
While "Dogs" is entertaining and suspenseful, it lacks the unique twist of "Butcher's Boy" wherein the reader finds himself rooting for someone who otherwise would be the bad guy.
It's an exicting read, but lacks the unique twist of its predecessor.
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This is the much-anticipated (by me) follow-up to "Butcher's Boy". It is a good but not wonderful sequel, as so many are, but still worth the read. But be forewarned: this also has a pretty implausible and coincidental ending. As in "Butcher's Boy", Perry has made our protagonist (here he is named Michael Shaeffer) a just-sympathetic-enough sociopath for us to be rooting for him without compromising our true sense of right or wrong. By accident, he is flushed out of hiding in England and instead of continuing to flee, he returns to the United States to meet his ghosts head-on. The will to survive in this killer is so strong, that it is possible to admire that element and distance oneself from the horror of what he does - but only just. It is never a comfortable choice and requires a full complement of justification. In telling this story, Perry takes us from England back to the States and on a grand tour of characters, locations, and techniques and the journey is never dull. One scene that is fixed in my mind is Michael's character-establishing encounter with a New York street tough. It is icily well written.
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Perry has gotten even better since Butcher's Boy if possible. We get to follow our new found 'anti-hero' and see how he cleans up lose ends. Perry has a master's talent at molding his characters. Wonderful reading!
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"Sleeping Dogs" and "Butcher's Boy" are the best novels written by Thomas Perry. His other novels are interesting and well written but the characters don't have the appeal of the assassin.
"Butcher Boy" takes top rating from critics and most readers but I felt "Sleeping Dogs" was a tad better than the first novel. Perry writing is a level above contemporay fiction writers. Apparently, he learned how to get the point across in a miniumn amount of words.
Hopefully, Perry will decide to write a sequel to "Sleeping Dogs".
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I'd heard so many positive things about Thomas Perry, and especially of "Butcher's Boy", that I was really looking forward to reading Sleeping Dogs (the sequel to "Butcher's Boy"). Perhaps my expectations were too high, as I found it good, but not great, fiction. The main character -in fact the original butcher's boy - is a "retired" assassin for the mob. Living incognito in England, he is forced to end his self-imposed exile through a series of accidental events. From there, our hero takes a death tour of what feels like the entire US, stopping long enough in each city to kill the resident mafia boss and as many of the local thugs who happen to get in the way. "Shaeffer" (or Wolfe, or ...) is the original one-man army - a killing machine who Rambo would die for. This, we are led to believe, is merely a diversion: both the syndicate and the feds believe it is just another mob war (For afterall, how could one man create such massive carnage across so many states?) Under the cover of this pseudo-war, Shaeffer is able to flee from both the bad guys and the Justice Dept, and vanish back into his life of peace and tranquility in England. If this all seems a bit unbelievable, it is. But "Dogs" is an entertaining story nonetheless. There are some interesting characters, some imaginative "hits", and enough action to hold interest and keep the pages turning. But neither the depth of plot nor the development of the primary chactacters reach the level of a four or five star read. Don't get me wrong - this is a much better way to pass a few hours than any of a similar genre from the best-selling authors (Patterson, Meltzer, Grisham...). But in the final analysis, I guess I was expecting just a little more meat from the "Butcher's Boy".
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