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Silence Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Kramer's smooth, slightly sardonic delivery is a good fit for Perry's latest mixture of dark humor and suspense. The chase thriller focuses on four characters—the hunted (private eye Jack Till and Wendy Harper, a beauty he helped disappear from assassins six years before) and the hunters (the bickering, tango-dancing hit team of Paul and Sylvie Turner who've been assigned to wipe out Wendy). Kramer barely alters his reading voice for Till and Wendy, adding a wary flatness for the sleuth and a softer tone of uncertainty for the hapless woman-in-jeopardy. For the Turners, however, he shows a bit more vocal dexterity. Paul has the deep, vaguely hollow sound of a very effective con man, while Sylvie's bogus East Coast socialite drawl loses much of its cool refinement when the going gets rough. The plot is tricky—Wendy is forced from hiding when her former partner is accused of her murder—but as convoluted and complex as it gets, Kramer's well-paced presentation makes every twist register.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From Bookmarks Magazine
An Edgar Award-winning author, Thomas Perry (best known for his Jane Whitefield series) knows how to keep the plot moving, and his readers guessing. In his 15th novel, he devotes much of the book to tales of the rival hunters, switching back and forth as both Jack and the married assassins slowly close in on their prey. A couple of reviewers found the pacing a bit slow and the novel overlong. They praised, however, the flashbacks focusing on Jack's daughter and the characterizations of the tango-dancing killers, and they agreed that Perry is still at the top of the cat-and-mouse game of crime thrillers. In fact, more than one reviewer felt Paul and Sylvie Turner deserve a book of their own. Are you listening, Mr. Perry?
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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You never really found out why the bad guys fought so hard to see that Wendy had to be killed. I like the ending even though I would have preferred a more exciting ending instead of Paul and Sylvie planning how to get get of the other. I would consider reading more of Thomas Perry's books.
Silence like the Boy Friend features Jack Till, retired homicide dick and current private eye. It is a tale of secrets, some of them Jack's. But the biggest secrets belong to Wendy Harper, a young restauranteur Till taught how to make herself invisible after an attack by a murderous couple was foiled by chance. And so invisible she has become that when her former partner and lover is suddenly charged with her murder after an anonymous tip leads police to a bloody baseball bat and piece of a blouse buried in his back yard. Knowing that Harper is alive and why she disappeared Till confronts a skeptical young prosecutor. When that idea fails he sets off to find the woman he taught how to hide in plain sight.
Close on his heels are the sociopathic couple who unsuccessfully attacked her in the first place. Soon enough bodies begin to pile up in their wake. After Till retrieves her the carnage gets worse.
Thomas Perry's villains, and they are not limited to the couple, are all narcissists. Although all sociopaths are narcissists, not all narcissists are sociopaths. This is true in this series as well. However, as they say at the ball park, you can't tell the players without a scorecard. In the Till series, the best approach to solving this caper is to look at the characters for evidence of narcissistic behavior. It will put you on the right track.
And so we start off on a cross-country chase with the bad people aided and abetted by the rental car companies' vehicle tracking devices! The body count in any Thomas Perry book is unreal and the close calls mount up like chain reactions but the characters make up for the story flaws and serial coincidences.
This is not my usual fare but it is a short book, quick read, diverting detour!
With Perry, you never have to worry about flat writing or endings that seem written in desperation. He's a master craftsman who knows how to build a really great tale with unique characters and outcomes. I buy everyone of his books in hardcover in advance because I know I will read them more than once and loan them to my friends.
I gave this book four stars because, although this is a fine story, I've been there when he's dished sublime. When he's sublime, there's also quirky humor and the ability to get inside the heads of people we'd ordinarily loathe.
I long for him to push the edge, go into some part of reality that he's not so comfortable with and tht I'm not sick of. A protagonist who's an old lady, an updated Miss Marple, or a kid, or an immigrant, someone who's not incredibly fit and lovely. The market is saturated with those. It would take somebody with his skills to pull that off. He's good enough to do stuff that other writers can't.
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