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“[A] harrowing hunt-and-hide adventure . . . Nobody writes chase scenes like Perry.”―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Save space already on your Thriller-of-the-Year ballot for Thomas Perry’s The Old Man. It’ll rivet you . . . Author Perry has won praise for his earlier thrillers―and deserves yet another helping for this tasty tale.”―St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“This is hardly the first time that Perry has written about a seeming Everyman with a hidden wealth of special training and ratiocinative ability, but the Old Man, who has many names on call and changes them as situations dictate, is surely one of the most appealing . . . This one’s all about suspense and narrative propulsion, but the Old Man will remind Perry devotees of Chinese Gordon, the wacky hero of Metzger’s Dog, Perry’s Edgar-winning comic caper novel. Both men are crazy good thinkers and planners and improvisers, and it’s pure pleasure to watch them at work. Another delight from a writer who never disappoints.”―Booklist (starred review)
“Perry steers this cat-and-mouse adventure across the United States and, eventually, back to Libya, with verve, including just enough verisimilitude to keep intact the willing suspension of disbelief.”―Christian Science Monitor
Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying. Liam Neeson would be perfect in the title role.”Kirkus Reviews
Engrossing . . . Readers will eagerly keep turning the pages.”—Publishers Weekly
“There are few better ways to begin a new year than with a Thomas Perry novel . . . The Old Man is certainly one of Perry’s better books, which is high praise, considering that he has yet to write a bad one . . . This is a perfect read to raise your pulse and, yes, your paranoia level.”―Bookreporter
“Since his Edgar Award-winning debut novel, The Butcher's Boy . . . Thomas Perry has put together a rewarding string of suspense novels with as much cool competence as some of his best protagonists bring to their work . . . Perry's pacing is impeccable. The Old Man rips along with plenty of typical tradecraft details, wet work and disguises, but also takes a breather with interludes in Chicago for the old man to find romance . . . Then it's back to dodging and killing with enough plot twists to keep the train rolling down the track. Perry's a real pro . . . A smart, well-paced thriller.”―Shelf Awareness
“Riveting . . . Dan’s story takes us on a tense, often chilling ride across the United States and all the way to hostile regions of Libya.”―Big Thrill
About the Author
- Publication date : January 3, 2017
- File size : 3656 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (January 3, 2017)
- Print length : 349 pages
- ASIN : B01LFQ3LE4
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #64,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is not Perry’s most perfect novel. A revelation late in the book solves a plot problem –I can’t write more about it without spoiling the surprise—but seems contrived. But for the rest, this is a delightfully thrilling book which never lets down its pace for a moment. Some of the people you meet in it –the ones on the good side—you’ll like. The others, less differentiated as people, are hired and working for the wrong side. Yul don’t learn much about the shadowy guys up above but I suspect that’s a fairly accurate picture of how it works in the world of espionage, subversion and ‘wet works’.
Now on to Perry on not a great day. I do not 'get' the female character. Yes, she is there to help the old man blend in. Couples are less suspicious than one as Perry tells us and of course, some readers want a love interest. It is her backstory I object to. At first, I shrugged it off. Divorced, living on alimony with two adult children in pricey grad schools courtesy of an ex with bucks. She is not employed but is a serious pianist. Late in the book, Perry drops a bomb that blows up her backstory, at least for me. Something happened to her at age about seventeen and her parents reacted in a way that is not possible and said things that no one could believe and this woman, a girl then but even so, believed and apparently continued to believe what she had been told. I wondered at the time if Perry plans a sequel that will explain.
Please understand, the woman's past does not affect the old man or the people chasing them one bit. This is a really good story, well paced and interesting. Perry is a fine writer who always gives good return. I should think anyone who likes the chase will enjoy this book. I get distracted when things do not make sense to me, but that is just me.
Top reviews from other countries
The only good in the book are Dave and Carol - the two dogs.
If the humans had been one tenth of them this novel might have stood a chance. But they weren't and it didn't.
Can't understand how and why this book came to be written.