The Butcher's Boy

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 10, 2003 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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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Excellent thriller. The characters are very well thought out and have depth. There are no dull parts or filler. At times, it seems like the main character is almost super-human in his ability to ... Read full review

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The Butcher's Boy may have won awards when it was published but it hasn't aged well. Technology's advances in the last 30 years make such scenes as Justice Department agents being called to 'answer ... Read full review




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Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York, in 1947. He graduated from Cornell University in 1969 and earned a Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Rochester in 1974. He held a series of positions ranging from fisherman to professor, weapons mechanic to television writer and producer. Perry's novels, successful both critically and with the public, are suspenseful as well as comic. Butcher's Boy received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and another one of his novels has been adapted in the movie, The Guide (1999). His other novels include: Death Benefits, Nightlife, Fidelity, and Strip. He lives in Southern California.

Michael Connelly, Connelly graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 where he majored in journalism and minored in creative writing. After graduation, he worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializing in the crime beat. He was writing about the police and crime during the wave of violence that came over South Florida during the "cocaine wars." In 1986, he interviewed survivors of a plane crash with two other reporters and the magazine story subsequently written on the crash was on the short list for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. This story led to a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. After three years there, Connelly began writing his first novel. His first novel featured the LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch and was titled "The Black Echo" (1992). It was based, in part, on a true crime that occurred in Los Angeles, and "The Black Echo" won the Edgar Award for best first novel by the Mystery Writers of America. He followed up with three more Bosch novels titled "The Black Ice," "The Concrete Blonde," and "The Last Coyote." Afterwards, he published "The Poet" (1996), which featured a newspaper reporter as a protagonist, and "Blood Work" (1998), which was inspired by a friend's heart transplant and the "survivors guilt" that was experienced by his friend for living at the expense of somebody's death. "Angels Flight" (1999) brought back the Bosch series and in "Void Moon" (2000), Connelly introduced a new character, Cassie Black, who's a high stakes Las Vegas thief. Connelly's awards include the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Nero, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France) and the Grand Prix (France).

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