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The Butcher's Boy [Format Kindle]

Thomas Perry , Michael Connelly

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Revue de presse

“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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1493 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 313 pages
  • Editeur : Random House; Édition : Reprint (10 juin 2003)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004SOVC1A
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrific Unusual Thriller 29 mars 2002
Par D. Wolf - Publié sur
Butcher's Boy grabs you from the start and keeps you going. The thing that makes this book so compelling is that you end up rooting for the "bad" guy.
The protagonist of this book is a ruthless professional killer who has earned the nickname that is the book's title. Nonetheless, you end up hoping he'll get away from the even more awful people who hire him, and the police (remember they're supposed to be the "good" guys).
Perry's descriptions of settings and characters in this, and all of his books, are excellent. This one is embellished by a tight plot and a point of view that is different from other novels.
I wish I hadn't given my copy away as the book is now hard to find. Perhaps a publisher will re-issue it; or it'll be made into a movie (hopefully a good one) that will bring it back on the shelves.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The book is a Killer-Thriller 22 juin 2003
Par montralatrice - Publié sur
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A violent anti-hero from a brilliant writer 29 avril 1998
Par Beth Powanda - Publié sur
Thomas Perry introduces the unpredictable Butcher's Boy in this book and continues the story years later in the novel Sleeping Dogs. Both books are great. This one won an Edgar award. Read everything you can by Perry. He's the best thriller writer going. Unlike some more popular writers in this genre, he can actually write.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "There was no question that something big had gone wrong." 12 juillet 2009
Par E. Bukowsky - Publié sur
The anti-hero of Thomas Perry's first novel is known only as "The Butcher's Boy." For almost seven years, he has been a hit man who is handsomely paid for his specialized services. After he assassinates a high profile target in a particularly clever manner, he expects to receive his payment and go about his business. Instead, more dead bodies begin to pile up and what should have been a straightforward job turns out to be anything but. Who is behind the unexpected bloodbath and what will it take for the butcher's boy to escape unscathed?

The female protagonist is Elizabeth Waring, a highly intelligent and determined woman who has worked for over a year as a data analyst for the Justice Department. Her job is to go through lists of computer printouts, looking "for a pattern that will lead ... to a professional killer...." She also helps keep track of the whereabouts and activities of known organized crime figures. When Elizabeth comes across an account of the murder of a thirty-five year old machinist in Ventura, California, she notices that the deceased, Albert Veasy, was a union activist. He died in a monumental explosion that occurred after he turned the key in the ignition of his pickup truck. Who would want this average blue-collar worker, who had no known enemies, dead?

Although Elizabeth and the butcher's boy appear to have nothing in common, their interests are destined to intersect. Her boss sends Elizabeth to California to look into Veasy's death, even though she is not an experienced investigator. She and the butcher's boy subsequently spend a great deal of time and energy trying to figure out why so many additional people are being slaughtered, especially in Las Vegas. When the butcher's boy himself becomes a target, he will need all of his survival skills to escape his tenacious pursuers. The hunter has become the hunted.

Perry's intricate debut novel has the same brisk style that has served him well throughout his career. He never indulges in purple prose or overstatement. The plot is original and suspenseful. The author captures settings, characters, and moods perfectly with his precise and carefully crafted descriptive writing. Although it may not be politically correct to admire a cold-blooded killer, we cannot help but root for the daring, resilient and ingenious butcher's boy, who takes such pride in his work and is meticulous in his attention to detail. He uses his acting ability, familiarity with surveillance techniques, knowledge of weaponry, and more than a bit of luck to stay alive. This is a fitting introduction to an author who consistently comes up with compelling and original stories about unusual people caught up in forces that they cannot easily control. Perry's world is ambiguous and quirky. It is a place with no explicit set of values, where justice is meted out capriciously, loose ends are left dangling, and there is no clear-cut line between good and evil.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A mile stone of new era of Thriller.A MUST READ! 11 juin 1997
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This is one of the greatest books I've ever read in the last twenty years! Find it anyway you could and after finished it, try to find the sequal SLEEPING DOGS, kill both with one shot, please! This book almost became a bible to modern day thriller writers and it's plots and scenario had been sneakly if not consciously copied by many recent writers such J. Finder(the Zero Hour) and B. Branon(Devils hole). Thomas Perry is one of the great treasures in American literature(although I don't like this serious word). Mr. Perry is a most talented but sometimes with weird writing directions. If you enjoyed his BUTCHER'S BOY/SLEEPING DOGS, then please try to read his new DISAPPEARING ACT series, you will be so happy to find a great writer who obviously never lost his MUSE to find a different Hero or Heroine to entertain himself and us. A MUST READ ALL WRITER!
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