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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.


“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: #52,856 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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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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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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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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not up to his usual standard
Published 2 months ago by brian blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great story
Published 3 months ago by Richard Marcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 4 months ago by Wilma Rucker
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 5 months ago by Peebee
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 9 months ago by joe Harold
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime novels like they used to be
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! Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. E. Melone
2.0 out of 5 stars The tension builds backwards
I like Perry's work, especially the Butcher's Boy series. But this one was just not up to par with his other stuff. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Work In Progress
4.0 out of 5 stars Small nuclear devices
Thomas Perry's Big Fish is a classic with a twist. Altmeyer, charming edgy gunrunner, and beautiful partner Rachel, with their merry band of Hollywood characters, seem initially to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Action filled and exciting.
I liked the characters, seemingly tough and a little hard,except Bucky, but all of then are soft and loving,and want to save themselves ,and everyone else in the world. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Barbara Luther
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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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