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Big Fish [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Perry
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 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.


“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: #79,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Fun October 27, 2001
Let me tell you a little about my week. I've been working long hours, getting low pay and even less recognition. In the evenings I worked out and ate poorly. To relax, I tried to read Jane Smiley's "Moo".

Normally I read a book every couple of days. I've been slogging through "Moo" for weeks. I'm not sure whether it's exhaustion or lack of interest, but the fact is, I was bored and frustrated.

But then I found "Big Fish" by Thomas Perry. I'd known this novel existed for years, but have never been able to find a copy. I loved the author's "Metzger's Dog" and "The Butcher's Boy" and was intrigued. I opened to the first page, just to get an idea of the style, and the next thing I knew three hours had passed and I was done.

"Big Fish" is the story of two charming, relatively small-time gunrunners who become embroiled in a plot to control the world. I won't tell you how or why, because that's part of the fun, but I will tell you that along the way they collect a Hollywood agent and teach him to be a commando, and a Hollywood director and teach him to be a human being.

The writing is crisp and clean, with no words wasted on unnecessary exposition or description. Perry, in fact, is reminiscent of Gregory McDonald at his most terse and entertaining, but can be more goofy and relaxed.

This book was just what I needed to get the taste of the week and Jane Smiley out of my mouth. It's out of print, which is disappointing, but I bet you can find it used or at a library. And, who knows, as Perry's recent books become more mainstream, "Big Fish" just might be republished.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Publisher! Reprint this book! July 2, 2003
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The best summer reading imaginable. Buy an old copy now and don't wait for the silly publishers to get off their butts and reissue it. This is classic Thomas Perry -- odd, violent characters that you come to care about, tight plotting touched with wit and irony that make it more believable not less, and scenes you'll remember. I have to say it; Thomas Perry has this trick about writing about "bad" people as if he were their guardian angel and could see how all their decisions and mistakes built up around them and yet left them human, not sweet, but somehow compassionate, and it balances the violence and the pratfalls. Oh well, take my word for it, there's a grace to his writing that lasts after the great entertainment is over.
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6 of 7 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star-1985 -- paperback--246 pages September 21, 2012
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Author-THOMAS PERRY--b-1947.

** My favorites--Butcher Boy series and the
Jane series.**

Perry is a master-----FISH is intricately plotted
...A BIG TIME silky thriller. Funny and snappy.

ALTMEYER and RACHEL- the Nick and Nora CHARLES
of gun smugling.

A home with goats and a KOI pond.

Three American scientists are murdered in a London

Uranium involved. Nuclear power. Japenese.


Readers say this is one of their favotire Perry books.

IT IS HARD TO FIND at a decent price. I sat down and
read it in one sitting the minute it came.

bbp 63 okc ok retired
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fish by Thomas Perry : March 12, 2013
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This is Thomas Perry true style of writing,but he is now the greatest mystery writer .His victims always need help no matter their personal &past lives .You will be surprised who the "Hero's " are .I've been reading T.Perry "s Novels about (12)years and will continue to as long as his books are written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Perry fan - and this doesn't disappoint May 12, 2013
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I am a Thomas Perry fan - is this his best? NO - but it doesn't disappoint and it's a nice and entertaining work. Definitely kept my interest with nice plot twists and surprises. I would recommend for summer beach reading for any mystery fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of his funnier early novels and no ... September 1, 2014
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This is one of his funnier early novels and no two are alike. Thomas Perry keeps you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Mary Coyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not up to his usual standard
Published 4 months ago by brian blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great story
Published 6 months ago by Richard Marcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 7 months ago by Wilma Rucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Another great Thomas Perry book. I couldn't put it down
Published 7 months ago by Karen 505
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough, already!
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Just exactly what the Dr ordered
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!
Published 8 months ago by black hat
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
More in the "Metzger's Dog" category, than say his more recent works, which is what I loved about it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Raede
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting characters, and plenty of action.
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bill Condon
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm unhappy to say skip this one
Not a great story, not well written. I think it's am early work for Perry because he has some books out like "pursuit" I just love. Read more
Published 12 months ago by joe Harold
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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:

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