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  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812967739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812967739
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,663,082 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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Flaton on 14 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Matthews on 30 Mar. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Duncan on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Dodsworth on 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Fitzpatrick on 5 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
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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