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The Butcher's Boy [Paperback]

Michael Connelly , Thomas Perry
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jun 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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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812967739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812967739
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,399,244 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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Reviews for Butcher's Boy:
The authenticity is on display on every page, in every paragraph. From how
hot desert air feels on the skin in Las Vegas to how paperwork is shuffled
in the Justice Department to how a hired killer slips into a locked hotel
room to fulfil a contract, the author's skill in creating his world
repeatedly awes the reader - Michael Connelly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge! Revenge! 14 Feb 2007
Thomas Perry has never reached the popularity of many "revenge" writers (including Shakespeare), but his "Butcher's Boy" (and its successor, "Sleeping Dogs"), is a true classic, the Bard nothwithstanding. What happens if you're a very good hired killer and the Mob doesn't pay you out after your flawlessly executed last job? You let the devil loose between the pigeons. Yes the guy is amoral - thou shall not kill and all that - but he has a brutal code of honour, and you can't help cheering for him. I wonder if Carol O'Connell, with her Mallory novels, didn't pinch at least a little of Perry's flavour! Oh, and don't forget his Jane Whitefield novels either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First and best. 17 Dec 2012
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Perry is a very good writer in the genre. However subsequent reading of book following on from this reveals that he has had some good ideas, and he is meticulous, but he does return to use some of them again and again. Well worth reading though
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4.0 out of 5 stars thomas perry 18 Mar 2010
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read this after reading silence by the same author, completely different to silence but just as enjoyable, makes a refreshing change to read an author where his books are not all on a similar theme
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Thomas Perry at his best. The Butcher's Boy series are an excellent combination of fast, hard action and quiet reflection and realism. These books will suit fans of Robert Ludlum, Stephen Leather and Randolph Fiennes (Feather Men and The Sett) and David Morrell.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yet another lousy American crime novel 5 Jan 2014
Why is it modern American crime writing so poor that mediocre authors like Michael Connelly, Lee Childs and John Grisham are hailed?

I had expected this book to be a bit different based on the blurb - "master of nail-biting suspense" and "infernal ingenuity", according to the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, respectively.

However, I should have been warned off by the introduction written by none other than Connelly, creator of the unconvincing Californian cop Hieronymus Bosch. (No, I'm not pulling your leg. That's the cop's name but his friends call him Harry.)

This book follows a hit man who had already killed three people by the time I bailed out at page 147 and a female research analyst who is tracking him day in the face of sexist male colleagues who think she should be at home baking apple pie.

There are lots of plane flights and road trips taking in Las Vegas, Washington, Colorado, descriptions of hotels, restaurants and casinos, characters with names like Little Norman (who is actually six and a half foot tall) and The Cruiser, and casual violence in keeping with the title.

Pity all this results in a drawn-out boring story that goes nowhere as far as I could see.
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