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Pursuit [Mass Market Paperback]

Thomas Perry
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1 Dec 2002
“Perry is the best suspense writer in the business. . . . Pursuit is relentless, filled with twists and turns, that rare page-turner that keeps one reading late into the night to finish.”
–The Boston Globe

Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, a victim’s family seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don’t want to be found. Working outside the law and willing to do what the police can’t, Prescott hunts the killer, an elusive adversary who is as smart, as methodical, as deadly as he is. The only way to conduct this pursuit is to goad the killer into believing that he must kill Roy Prescott. It is a contest fought from one end of the country to the other, and both men understand that when it’s over, only one of them will be alive.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804115435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804115438
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,784,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE "PURSUIT" 15 Mar 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
... Perry has intricately woven a plot where all the pieces in the puzzle are so carefully chiseled leaving no room for error on the part of the protagonist.
The story starts off with a bang....well, actually thirteen of them as nine diners and four employees in a restaurant are all gunned down by a lunatic psychopath. While some might have called this the random work of a madman, Daniel Millikan, homicide detective turned criminology professor, knows better once he's viewed the crime scene. He realizes there was a target and the hit man killed the other twelve people in the restaurant just to make the police work even harder to figure it out. The wealthy father of one of the victims hires Roy Prescott to find his son's killer. Perry writes, "Revenge is not sweet, it's a luxury. It's a necessary restoration of balance in the universe." Since Prescott has a reputation for working outside of the law, usually leaving no prisoners, he's the perfect one to restore this balance.
This book was better than any National Geographic episode where the hunter tracks down his prey. In this case, the hunter is Roy Prescott and the prey is hit man Jim Varney....someone who is almost as smart and cunning as Prescott but not quite. This will be a chase to beat all chases.
Right from the beginning, Perry lets the reader know who the killer is thereby allowing us not only to get into Prescott's head but also into Varney's as he tells the story through both viewpoints. This is sometimes a dangerous technique but one Perry masterfully employs and one I very much enjoy. So many authors lead you through 300 pages, while you try to figure out who the killer is, only to be disappointed in the end.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want this to end 10 July 2006
By Dr. Robert A. Josey VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are zillions of American hard-boiled crime novels on the market.Why 'Pursuit' is so different is that it is like a meditation on reality - what makes things tick; the hidden identities behind the illusions of the consumer society; the 'minimal selves' of characters like Roy Prescott - who hunts killers - and Jim Varney - who sees himself as an 'adventurer' rather than a contract killer.

There is a silence at the centre of the book, the 'eye of the hurricane', while the actual plot and narrative swirl you along in total suspense and anxiety. There is no other author I've read who does this quite like Thomas Perry. He makes you think about the nature of the real world while moving you along on a speeding conveyor belt of thrills and plot twists.

And he can emotionally devastate you with just one sentence.

I didn't want this book to end. I didn't want the pursuit to reach a conclusion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, I couldn't put it down! 28 April 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't normally read this type of book, and bought it only because Amazonrecommended it to me and it looked interesting; and interesting it was! Icouldn't put it down. It was exciting, and had all the hallmarks of a goodthriller with none of the cliches. I found the ending a little abrupt, butit was a reasonably satisfying finish to what was a great novel.
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