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The Informant: An Otto Penzler Bookby Thomas Perry
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“Perry’s novels—the best ones—are a master class in thriller writing. The Informant should be the newest addition to that syllabus, read for devouring first, and analysis thereafter.”—Los Angeles Times
The Butcher’s Boy is back. Thomas Perry’s vengeful assassin has returned to play a deadly psychological game with Elizabeth Waring, the only Justice Department official who ever believed he existed.
The Butcher’s Boy knows Waring can help him hunt down the Mafia boss who sent a team of hit men to kill him—and in return he offers her key information that will help her crack an unsolved murder. So begins a new assault on organized crime and an uneasy alliance between opposite sides of the law. As the Butcher’s Boy works his way ever closer to his deadly enemy in an effort to kill him first, Waring is in a desperate struggle, either to force her unlikely ally to become a protected informant, or to take him out of commission for good.
“Excellent . . . Perry offers a compelling, rapid-fire plot, credible Mafia and FBI secondary characters, an indictment of self-serving officialdom, and the old soul-shattering moral dilemma: what is truth?”—Publishers Weekly
Bestselling author Thomas Perry returns to the stomping ground of his Edgar-winning debut, The Butcher Boy (1982), for a new novel pitting a rogue contract killer against the mob.
The Butcher's Boy is back! Thomas Perry's vengeful assassin has returned to play a deadly psychological game with Elizabeth Waring, the only Justice Department official who ever believed he existed. Can these two from opposite sides of the law come together to take on the mafia?
The Butchers Boy is back for another one‑man war against the Mafia. Praise for Strip "Thomas Perry, that smiling sadist who gets his kicks from outfoxing readers, is at his wicked best in Strip." — Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review Praise for Runner "Perry is a master of suspense, knowing just when to switch viewpoints and how to pace the action to keep the tension high throughout." — Associated Press Praise for Fidelity "A coolly cerebral Perry puzzle . . . [Fidelity] rivets attention, races fast and displays distinctive Perry hallmarks, especially in its standoffs." — Janet Maslin, New York Times Praise for Silence "Intriguing . . . Filled with the same dark humor that has been the authors trademark since his Edgar‑winning debut, The Butchers Boy." — Denver Post
In Thomas Perrys Edgar-winning debut The Butchers Boy, a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. Many years later, the Butchers Boy finds his peaceful life threatened when a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him. He knows they wont stop coming and decides to take the fight to their door.
Soon Waring, now high up in the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department, receives a surprise latenight visit from the Butchers Boy. Knowing she keeps track of the Mafia, he asks her whom his attackers worked for, offering information that will help her crack an unsolved murder in return. So begins a new assault on organized crime and an uneasy alliance between opposite sides of the law. As the Butchers Boy works his way ever closer to his quarry in an effort to protect his new way of life, Waring is in a race against time, either to convince him to become a protected informant—or to take him out of commission for good.
About the Author
THOMAS PERRY is the author of the Jane Whitefield series as well as the best-selling novels Nightlife, Death Benefits, and Pursuit. He won the Edgar Award for The Butchers Boy, and Metzgers Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
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