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The Butcher's Boy [Paperback]

Thomas Perry , Michael Connelly
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June 10 2003
The Edgar Award–winning novel by the “master of nail-biting suspense”(Los Angeles Times)

Thomas Perry exploded onto the literary scene with The Butcher’s Boy. Back in print by popular demand, this spectacular debut, from a writer of “infernal ingenuity” (The New York Times Book Review), includes a new Introduction by bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Murder has always been easy for the Butcher’s Boy—it’s what he was raised to do. But when he kills the senior senator from Colorado and arrives in Las Vegas to pick up his fee, he learns that he has become a liability to his shadowy employers. His actions attract the attention of police specialists who watch the world of organized crime, but though everyone knows that something big is going on, only Elizabeth Waring, a bright young analyst in the Justice Department, works her way closer to the truth, and to the frightening man behind it.

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“A stunning debut . . . a brilliantly plotted thriller.” —The Washington Post

“A shrewdly planned and executed thriller.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Thomas Perry has hit the mark.” —Houston Chronicle

“Totally enthralling.” —The New Yorker

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“A stunning debut . . . a brilliantly plotted thriller.” —The Washington Post

“A shrewdly planned and executed thriller.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Thomas Perry has hit the mark.” —Houston Chronicle

“Totally enthralling.” —The New Yorker

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank heaven for another writer of "Page-Turners" March 11 2004
Format:Paperback
I thought it was just me! I see a lot of these reviews are describing "The Butcher's Boy" as a page-turner, a novel they couldn't put down, a book they inhaled in 4 hours! That was my precise reaction: "Thank heaven I've found another author of page-turners!" It doesn't happen to me often enough.
What I can't figure out is how Perry writes with such enjoyable economy and still manages to create that magic of gluing the reader to the text. If you are a writer yourself, this question is worth getting to the bottom of.
A mesmerizing tale of a professional killer going about the business of evading his pursuers, "The Butcher's Boy" is a novel that will send you in search of more Thomas Perry books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent first book. Aug. 27 2003
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Format:Paperback
If you've liked any of Thomas Perry's books, especially the Jane Whitehead series, you'll enjoy this debut novel.
There's even a very memorable female character who is obviously a precursor to the Jane Whitehead character.
Once I started reading, I went almost non-stop, despite being in a distracting environment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Perry books June 24 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked his other books with Jane Whitefield, and in both cases he dealt with geography close to my home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it June 18 2013
By subrosa
Format:Paperback
A story about a hit man didn't seem that appealing to me but after a few pages, I was hooked. After reading The Butcher's Boy I searched for the other two books in the trilogy, Sleeping Dogs and The Informant. I had to put The Informant aside for a couple of weeks until Sleeping Dogs arrived in the mail so I could read them in chronological order. I can't remember enjoying a book so much; it was satisfying - the characters and the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick thriller, well-constructed but flawed Dec 25 2003
Format:Paperback
My library branch head boss likes to recommend the classics of a genre. Before this, she recommended Ken Follett's "Eye of the Needle". Then she thrust this one into my hands after my coworker's son returned it, who had read it in four hours.
Although I must admit my more deliberate pace, I will say this is a quick read.
This book is similar to Ken Follett's "Eye of the Needle" in several ways. Both are fast paced thrillers that feature main characters who are methodical professionals, but professions (spy, hit-man) that require ruthlessness--both characters are kind of like evil MacGyvers.
While their characters are flat, their pursuers have a human side. The storytelling switches between killer and pursuer, which paces nicely.
While "Eye of the Needle" ends with a dramatic clash between two characters, "Butcher's Boy" side-steps the collision of killer and pursuer with a bit of the deus ex machina (the killer just happens to run into the person who has the 2 separate pieces of information he needs, an insane amount of money, and the means to frame his pursuers).
Despite this flaw, the real joy comes from watching the Butcher's Boy achieve impossible objectives and extricating himself from certain demise by preparing for multiple situations while simultaneously improvising solutions.
Therefore, I highly recommend this to any business school student, aspiring lawyer, or wannabe evil MacGyvers.
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