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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 10 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812967739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812967739
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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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Thomas Perry's first novel is a Killer-Thriller! I had read "Sleeping Dogs"(the sequal) before I read "The Butchers Boy". Both books are great. I am glad they re-printed "The Butchers Boy" because it explains a lot I missed when reading
"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!
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By A Customer on Aug. 27 2003
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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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I found the book to be rather flat. The motives of the unnamed assasin were perfunctory, the heroine was ineffective and I don't think the character of Maureen served any puprose--how did she help the assasin or earn her pay?
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?).
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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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THE BUTCHER'S BOY, Thomas Perry's first in a long line of first-rate thrillers, introduces the reader to Perry's signature style. Characters with keen self awareness and superlative observational skills anticipate the behavior and actions of others based upon their knowledge of human nature. Perry has carved himself a niche that is both insightful and entertaining. Read this and all his others for pure escapist fare.
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