Book Reviews of The Butcher's Boy

The Butcher's Boy
The Butcher's Boy
Author: Thomas Perry
ISBN-13: 9780441089505
ISBN-10: 044108950X
Publication Date: 7/1983
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: ACE Charter
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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A real favorite focusing on how a hit man plans and implements his activities
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This must be the author's first book. Sometimes it was hard to keep up with it because he switched from one character to another and you had to stop and figure which character was talking.
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I really, really enjoy this two-book series; SLEEPING DOGS is the sequel and VERY good. How can one root so hard for a hit man? It's impossible NOT to be on this guy's side!
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This was an enthralling story about a hit man and a Justice Department Statistician who's lives run on parallel planes throughout the tale but never intersect. I found myself rooting for both sides to win in this adventure. The characters were engaging and believeable and well developed by the writer. I really like this guy Perry. Good job.
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Excellent author. Good characters and writing. Really enjoyed the story.
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I enjoyed this book it was a real thriller.
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Thomas Perry is probably best known for his Jane Whitefield series, but he's written a lot of other good books. My second-favorite of his is THE BUTCHER'S BOY, his first novel.
The story is told from alternating POVs, that of the Butcher's Boy (we never learn his name) and that of DOJ analyst Elizabeth Waring. Waring is determined to prove herself and solve two murders that at first only she realized were connected. The Butcher's Boy is totally amoral although not sadistic. Murdering someone is just another job, but he takes it personally when one of the Mafia bosses tries to have him taken out. There's no real gory scenes but there is a high body count by the end.

Perry managed to make the Butcher's Boy sympathetic enough for me to root both for him and for Waring, the DOJ analyst trying to catch him. I liked the tension that results because Waring and the FBI are always two or three steps behind the carnage, frantically trying to figure out what's going on. The Butcher's Boy's memories of Eddie, who taught him to be a hit man, are sort of amusing and chilling at the same time. It's a good fast-moving story and deserved its 1983 Edgar Award win for Best First Mystery Novel.
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âA stunning debut . . . a brilliantly plotted thriller.â âThe Washington Post

âA shrewdly planned and executed thriller.â âThe New York Times Book Review

âThomas Perry has hit the mark.â âHouston Chronicle

âTotally enthralling.â âThe New Yorker

Book Description
The Edgar Awardâwinning novel by the âmaster of nail-biting suspenseâ(Los Angeles Times)

Thomas Perry exploded onto the literary scene with The Butcher's Boy. Back in print by popular demand, this spectacular debut, from a writer of âinfernal ingenuityâ (The New York Times Book Review), includes a new Introduction by bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Murder has always been easy for the Butcher's Boyâit's what he was raised to do. But when he kills the senior senator from Colorado and arrives in Las Vegas to pick up his fee, he learns that he has become a liability to his shadowy employers. His actions attract the attention of police specialists who watch the world of organized crime, but though everyone knows that something big is going on, only Elizabeth Waring, a bright young analyst in the Justice Department, works her way closer to the truth, and to the frightening man behind it.