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Starred Review. Half a dozen characters vie for primacy in this rambunctiously entertaining L.A. crime novel from Edgar-winner Perry (Runner). Aging strip-club owner Manco Kapak orders his boys to find the masked man who stole his cash receipts and take care of him. The boys settle on the wrong guy, L.A. newcomer Joe Carver, who decides to fight back. Jefferson Davis Falkins, the real thief, decides to continue to rob Kapak. LAPD Lt. Nick Slosser is mainly interested in keeping the peace—and keeping his two marriages a secret as well as figuring out how to pay for five kids at or nearing college age. Other meaty roles include Carrie Carr, who hooks up with Falkins and becomes a Bonnie Parker–like adrenaline junkie urging him to ever riskier deeds, and Spence, Kapak's trusted bodyguard and the only one smart enough to deal with Carver. Perry's exquisite timing and finesse provide near perfect endings to the multiple story lines and make this escapist reading at its best. (May)
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Many critics commented that the plethora of characters and subplots might have undermined Strip's power, but they all agreed that Perry's talent in weaving together seemingly loose strands makes the book an unqualified success. The intriguing, action-oriented characters--each with his or her own agenda--captivated reviewers, some of whom ended up rooting for even the bad guys. "The wonderful characters keep on coming," noted the New York Times Book Review. Although they start off as "familiar types ... once Perry lets them loose, they refuse to go back in the box." The action is packed, and the denouement is a small masterpiece. What more could readers want? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Thomas Perry is brilliant and one of the best suspense/mystery writers around. Just wish he would write faster and produce 3-4 books a year. I'd grab every one. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Insatiable Reader
I am a big fan of Thomas Perry but this book left me cold. I had to struggle to finish it. I kept thinking it was going to get good, but it never did.Published 1 month ago by Brian Reid
I enjoy Thomas Perry's humor -- it is fun that's of the quirky sort, and that would describe this whole book - a quirky sort of fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Helene Stephens
It's a good thing Perry became a writer instead of a criminal! He gives all kind of tricks of the trade, though the criminals in this story are a bit on the unbelievable side. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lynne Kitchen
such a fun to read and exactly like the words on the back of the book: "very difficult to put down once started". Read morePublished 8 months ago by JustAReader
Thomas Perry is an excellent writer and I've enjoyed a few of his other books, but "Strip" not so much. Read morePublished 9 months ago by June Ahern
This is an entertaining book with an ending that is not predictable … well worth reading.Published 12 months ago by Ralph