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The Boyfriend Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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"Another demonstration of Thomas Perry’s cool, tough-minded skill at staging battles of wits."New York Times
"[Perry's] work is characterized by tight, clean prose, well-drawn characters and heart-pounding suspense."Associated Press
"Perry is a marvelous plotter, and he builds suspense with all the subtlety of a master chef nursing a risotto to a buttery perfection. It's nothing new to call Perry a master of the genre, but it's no less true for being widely acknowledged."Booklist (starred review)
"[A] highly original and clever thriller. . . .Perry again proves himself a master stylist and plotter, as he effortlessly builds suspense and delves deeply into his characters."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"While there is plenty of action and tension here (indeed, it may well be Perry’s best book to date), it is the moments that Till spends with his daughter—in person and across the miles—that make The Boyfriend a memorable book and give rise to a heartfelt demand that we see more of Till sooner rather than later."Bookreporter
"The strength of the psychological drama lies in Mr. Perry’s capacity to develop his characters. Perry has turned out another riveting mystery."Washington Times
"Perry launches another excellent series. . . . The pacing is rapid, Till is an intrepid hero, and the ending is satisfying."Library Journal
"Perry's prose is perfect. The Boyfriend is a model for thriller writers and one that should reinforce the reputation of the author of The Butcher's Boy and The Informant. If you haven't read anything by Thomas Perry, you're in for a delightful surprise."Huntington News
[A] terrific, suspenseful read.”Midwest Book Review
More About the Author
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. Â His website: www.thomasperryauthor.com
Top Customer Reviews
Till's latest case involves twenty-six year old Catherine Hamilton, a high-priced escort who falls under the spell of Joey Moreland, a devastatingly handsome hired killer. Catherine's parents pay Till a large sum of money to find the man who seduced and murdered their daughter. They are desperate to find answers, since the police have failed to develop any promising leads. Jack is a compassionate man who knows that the death of a loved one can "leave all of the survivors wishing they had died too."
Perry has been writing for thirty years (his first book, "The Butcher's Boy," was published in 1982) and continues to produce suspenseful and engrossing novels with quirky and intriguing characters. Moreland and Till are well-matched adversaries. They are excellent marksmen and strategic thinkers who are skilled at evaluating people and analyzing situations. As Joey travels around the country picking off targets, Till doggedly stays on his trail. Jack consults former colleagues in law enforcement and touches base with detectives based in various cities, trying to get a bead on a criminal who prizes invisibility.
Although the plot is not without its flaws and contrivances, "The Boyfriend" is, on the whole, a compelling, clever, and witty thriller. It is heartwarming to observe Jack's affectionate relationship with Holly.Read more ›
I have read and reread every single one of Perry's books and bought this without waiting for a review. Some of them (Metzger's Dog, Sleeping Dogs) are masterpieces, and most of them are top-notch reads. But this one makes the grade strictly on technique. The muse is not singing.
When it comes to technique, it's hard to beat Thomas Perry. His wordsmithing is smooth and tight, and his plots run like clockwork. If you are obsessed with police procedurals, this is your cup of tea. It's like reading "Idiots Guide for Private Detectives," only better written.
But if you're looking for heartfelt characters, forget about it.
In his early books, you couldn't even find a bad guy. The good guys tended to be pretty bad and the bad guys tended to be foolish and there was a wonderful reality to a world that was not black and white. It was his genius to humanize all the players.
This is flatland and flatline. The bad guy is a stereotypical puppet who never shows a spark of real humanity. Jack Till is almost as stereotypical. He's ultra-competent, all-knowing, financially secure, never really makes a mistake.
The women characters are the worst part -- mannikins, sex toys, and cannon-fodder -- the bad guy can hardly tell them apart (sadly, neither can the reader). Maybe that's clever, but it's also boring, distasteful, and insulting. Till's Down Syndrome daughter is too good to be true and hardly more real. She's tidy, independent, financially secure, has a boyfriend, and no problems (since the Downs Syndrome doesn't seem to cause any problems for her).Read more ›
I've been a fan of Thomas Perry's elegant thrillers since I read THE BUTCHER'S BOY and METZGER'S DOG back in the 1980s. He's done other good stand-alones (I particularly like PURSUIT and DEAD AIM), but my all-time faves are his series with Jane Whitefield, especially the first one, VANISHING ACT. This new book is a great addition to my Perry library. Highly recommended.
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I enjoyed the book, it read well and held my attention. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because of how much I loved the Jane Whitefield books and this didn't quite... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Hifield
Very good detective novel! I have to check and see if this book is a series and if not it should be.Published 20 days ago by Scott Groh
Thomas Perry is an exciting author and I've yet to read a book of his that I didn't like!Published 27 days ago by lizzy56
Excellent read. It takes a lot now days to hold me in a story and this one did. I highly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by David W Putnam
This is a great book, and if you like Thomas Perry, then this is one you will want to read ! I started with the Jane Whitefield series, and enjoyed that so much that now I am... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yvonne LeBuhn
Brilliant storyline moves quickly and makes a quick turn before you can catch up. Anxious for more from this author.Published 1 month ago by Terri
This is one of his tantalizing stories that grabs you and makes you late for appointments and read way into the nightPublished 3 months ago by Marvin
This story was captivating, sped along and then blam. It was over! Read it and enjoy. Then find another PerryPublished 4 months ago by jacqueline bartlett
I have an hour commute to and from work and decided to try Audio Books for a change. This book was interesting, but also slow in the audio format at least. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Albrecht