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The Butcher's Boy Paperback – Jun 10 2003
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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"Sleeping Dogs". However, each book can stand alone without the other. The "Butchers Boy" is about a hitman that is double crossed by the mob after he completed some contract(killing) work for them. It also tells the story of the Department of Justice Field Agent that is trying to tie all the killings together. It is a race to the end to find the missing link that will tie the knot to this killer-thriller. Also don't miss the few chapters that introduces us to the much loved "jane whitefield series" the lady that can make you disappear. I hope Perry brings that series back-it was one of his best. "Butchers Boy is a good read!
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.
In the Introduction, Michael Connelly describes feeling sympathy for the assasin. I did not feel any. The assasin was cold and unsympathetic. Also, by referring to the assasin only as "he", Perry created some pronoun landmines in spots when he tried to juggle two he's and it wasn't clear which he was he (see how confusing that is?).
Most recent customer reviews
I liked his other books with Jane Whitefield, and in both cases he dealt with geography close to my home.Published on June 24 2013 by Jim Roode
This is an excellent book. I enjoy reading mysteries and this one had more depth than the current run of the mill bestsellers. Read morePublished on April 16 2004
My library branch head boss likes to recommend the classics of a genre. Before this, she recommended Ken Follett's "Eye of the Needle". Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by mike waugh