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Big Fish [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Perry
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

First published in 1985 and long out-of-print, Big Fish, one of Thomas Perry’s most sought-after titles, is now available to readers in an e-book format. Powerfully-plotted and funny, Big Fish follows dangerous and mysterious Los Angeles entrepreneur Altmeyer, and his wife Rachel whose quiet lives in the Hollywood hills are disrupted when a multi-million dollar gunrunning deal goes bad.

Under most circumstances, Altmeyer might be mildly amused by the audacity of the double-cross. But whoever cheated Altmeyer may also be planning to destroy the world. With so much at stake, Altmeyer and Rachel and their friend, super-agent to the stars Bucky Carmichael, set off on a perilous adventure in search of the identity of the Big Fish. What they find is shocking and horrifying and all too credible.

Reviews:

“A fast-reading, big-time, silky thriller.” - People

“A new contender for top tough guy… We wanted to sell our house and buy the film rights, we were that impressed. Big Fish features a dashing, upscale couple… the Nick and Nora Charles of gunrunning… Altmeyer and Rachel have a chemistry that reaches critical mass on the opening page.” – Playboy

“Written with the same expertise as Mr. Perry’s previous successes… and that should keep his fans happy. All men will want to be Altmeyer and all women his Rachel.” – New York Times Book Review


Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055TL3KC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He has not failed me yet. July 11, 2012
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Some modern authors- Deighton; Ross Thomas; Peter Bowen; early WEB Griffin and Vachss; Randy White- I reread regularly. It is always exciting to see a fresh one on the new book table in the library, and sad to read an obituary.
This author has the same characteristics. Not only highly entertaining, but frequently educational. Quoting the old cereal commercial "Mikey likes it."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laid-Back Relaxation April 6, 2012
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Clever characters, who are real characters, snappy dialogue and a labyrinthine plot that never takes itself too seriously (a harder trick than it sounds). Perfect for a lazy Saturday, a sunny day on the beach, a holiday flight...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enough, already! June 29, 2014
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I've now read at least four other Thomas Perrys; two, Metzger's Dog and Butcher's Boy, were excellent, and two, Sleeping Dogs and Silence (from the local library), were so-so. There has always been something that has bothered me about his work, and this one, Big Fish, finally crystallized it. The man is absolutely kill-happy. His characters are excellent and his plots are suspenseful, if a bit short on detail during the action spots, but he blows whole gangs of villains away with careless abandon. They all die instantly, usually dispatched at point-blank range, and we never brood over them, but after five or six such incidents in one book the noise gets tiresome. Also, the books I have read are really about one man with different names: a clever, 'sinewy' mastermind for whom nothing ever really goes wrong, but who frequently has to improvise. I'll probably read Metzger's Dog again and again - Carl Hiaasen co-wrote it, so it has a healthy level of insanity - but for the rest, nah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just exactly what the Dr ordered June 29, 2014
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I had been missing the old Thomas Perry books of the 80s when I found this one. It was as fine as vintage wine. Read it and you'll be hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 28, 2014
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More in the "Metzger's Dog" category, than say his more recent works, which is what I loved about it. The plot is a bit strange and strained, but the dialogue, wit, and humor more than make up. Very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting characters, and plenty of action. March 23, 2014
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If you liked Metzger's Dog, you'll like this one, too. Perry is a master at getting readers to like and root for protagonists who are not very nice people. Altmeyer fills that bill, though he's wittier than Perry's more seriously bad good guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime novels like they used to be February 2, 2014
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This book was such a great find. I was loading up kindle books for a trip Over Seas, and came across this one. And WOW was I glad I did!

The story is pretty simple, and the dialogue is to die for...think Dashiell Hammett, think Raymond Chandler, think those wonderful old 40's movies, like Stage Door. Almost every line is a corker and will make you smile.

Perry tackles gun running in this one, and manages to weave a Hollywood director and agent into the piece. Every character is intelligent and funny. I won't divulge the story, but it is complicated enough to keep interest and the threads are tied up in a tight, tension packed manner. I wanted to find out what happened but didn't want it to end.

Now isn't that what you would want from any book you read?
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2.0 out of 5 stars The tension builds backwards October 10, 2013
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I like Perry's work, especially the Butcher's Boy series. But this one was just not up to par with his other stuff.

The problem was that the book built up really well for the first half, with characters who seemed real and interesting. Then suddenly it lost all of its tension in the second half, just when things were supposed to be getting exciting.

After the first half, it was already obvious that none of the good guys would end up with even a scratch.

Perhaps worst, the bad guys stayed off screen so much that it felt like the characters were running through empty corridors most of the second half (which they actually did a lot of). When it became necessary for bad guys to die, they would obediently pop up and quietly submit to the bullets of the heroes, while hundreds of onlookers mysteriously looked away.

I can see why this was out of print for a long time.
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More About the Author

THOMAS PERRY is the author of 22 novels including the Jane Whitefield series (Vanishing Act, Dance for the Dead, Shadow Woman, The Face Changers, Blood Money, Runner, Poison Flower, and A String of Beads), Death Benefits, and Pursuit, the first recipient of the Gumshoe Award for best novel. He won the Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book. The Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association included Vanishing Act in its "100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century," and Nightlife was a New York Times bestseller. Metzger's Dog was voted one of NPR's 100 Killer Thrillers--Best Thrillers Ever.
Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California.  His website: www.thomasperryauthor.com

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