The Informant

The Informant

In Thomas Perry?s Edgar-winning debut The Butcher?s Boy, a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. Many years later, the Butcher?s Boy finds his peaceful life threatened when a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him. He knows In Thomas Perry?s Edgar-winning debut The Butcher?s Boy, a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves coun...

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Title:The Informant
Author:Thomas Perry
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Genres:Thriller
ISBN:0547569335
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:325 pages pages

The Informant Reviews

  • Jane
    Apr 26, 2011

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

  • Jim
    Jul 13, 2017

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

  • Maddy
    Feb 19, 2011

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

  • Skip
    Sep 09, 2017

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

  • Linda
    Jul 25, 2011

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

  • Eric_W
    Jan 10, 2011

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

  • Cynthia
    Apr 26, 2011

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

  • Toni Osborne
    Sep 24, 2012

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

  • Sharon
    May 27, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...

    Another thriller by Thomas Perry very bloody book. About the butcher boy who is an assassin. If you want to start at the beginning get a book called The Butcher's Boy. ...

    Very satisfactory ending to the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Probably, my opinion anyway, the best of the three novels. ...

    Third in the series about a professional hit man gone good. This was almost as good as the first two, but in honor of the East German judge, I couldn't give straight five's. ...

    Michael Schaefer, at least that?s the name he?s going by right now, is living a quiet life with his beautiful and titled wife, Meg. He?s managed to leave behind the violence of his past and Meg not only understands who he is, she gives him room to do what he must when the need oc...

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Feb 03, 2016

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Feb 07, 2016

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

  • James Thane
    Jan 17, 2013

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

  • Jerry B
    Oct 18, 2016

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

  • Michael
    Jan 07, 2017

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

  • Lynn
    Jun 12, 2016

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

  • Tom Tischler
    May 08, 2011

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...

    Another thriller by Thomas Perry very bloody book. About the butcher boy who is an assassin. If you want to start at the beginning get a book called The Butcher's Boy. ...

  • Jim A
    Feb 08, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...

    Another thriller by Thomas Perry very bloody book. About the butcher boy who is an assassin. If you want to start at the beginning get a book called The Butcher's Boy. ...

    Very satisfactory ending to the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Probably, my opinion anyway, the best of the three novels. ...

  • Boris Feldman
    Dec 31, 2017

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...

    Another thriller by Thomas Perry very bloody book. About the butcher boy who is an assassin. If you want to start at the beginning get a book called The Butcher's Boy. ...

    Very satisfactory ending to the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Probably, my opinion anyway, the best of the three novels. ...

    Third in the series about a professional hit man gone good. This was almost as good as the first two, but in honor of the East German judge, I couldn't give straight five's. ...

  • Judy
    Sep 03, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

  • K
    Apr 27, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

  • Ed Basham
    Mar 03, 2019

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...

    Another thriller by Thomas Perry very bloody book. About the butcher boy who is an assassin. If you want to start at the beginning get a book called The Butcher's Boy. ...

    Very satisfactory ending to the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Probably, my opinion anyway, the best of the three novels. ...

    Third in the series about a professional hit man gone good. This was almost as good as the first two, but in honor of the East German judge, I couldn't give straight five's. ...

    Michael Schaefer, at least that?s the name he?s going by right now, is living a quiet life with his beautiful and titled wife, Meg. He?s managed to leave behind the violence of his past and Meg not only understands who he is, she gives him room to do what he must when the need oc...

    The Butcher's Boy, a highly skilled & paid Mafia hit-man, retired and has been in hiding for many years. There is a Mafia price on his head and he is discovered in England. He stashes his wife and heads to the States to kill the under-boss who tried to kill him. Since he doesn't kn...

    I just finished the third (and final) Butcher's Boy book today while doing 30 minutes on my elliptical. That was perfect because it got so suspenseful that I was really pumped up and imagining I was in the scene! Sidenote about the author.... I discovered Thomas Perry (http://www.t...

    So, another decade passes and Perry writes a third novel in the Butcher?s Boy assassin series. Started in 1982, by the the time we reach this 3rd book the original characters are in their 50?s. The Informant is better than Sleeping Dogs (1992), but uneven pacing, confused motivatio...

  • Carol Jean
    Mar 19, 2017

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

  • Helen
    Apr 21, 2016

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

  • Lisa Rodriguez
    May 07, 2017

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...

    Another thriller by Thomas Perry very bloody book. About the butcher boy who is an assassin. If you want to start at the beginning get a book called The Butcher's Boy. ...

    Very satisfactory ending to the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Probably, my opinion anyway, the best of the three novels. ...

    Third in the series about a professional hit man gone good. This was almost as good as the first two, but in honor of the East German judge, I couldn't give straight five's. ...

    Michael Schaefer, at least that?s the name he?s going by right now, is living a quiet life with his beautiful and titled wife, Meg. He?s managed to leave behind the violence of his past and Meg not only understands who he is, she gives him room to do what he must when the need oc...

    The Butcher's Boy, a highly skilled & paid Mafia hit-man, retired and has been in hiding for many years. There is a Mafia price on his head and he is discovered in England. He stashes his wife and heads to the States to kill the under-boss who tried to kill him. Since he doesn't kn...

    I just finished the third (and final) Butcher's Boy book today while doing 30 minutes on my elliptical. That was perfect because it got so suspenseful that I was really pumped up and imagining I was in the scene! Sidenote about the author.... I discovered Thomas Perry (http://www.t...

  • Barry
    Aug 27, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

  • Debbie
    Oct 25, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

  • Kathy
    Jan 05, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

  • Wendy
    Jun 13, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...

    Another thriller by Thomas Perry very bloody book. About the butcher boy who is an assassin. If you want to start at the beginning get a book called The Butcher's Boy. ...

    Very satisfactory ending to the Butcher's Boy trilogy. Probably, my opinion anyway, the best of the three novels. ...

    Third in the series about a professional hit man gone good. This was almost as good as the first two, but in honor of the East German judge, I couldn't give straight five's. ...

    Michael Schaefer, at least that?s the name he?s going by right now, is living a quiet life with his beautiful and titled wife, Meg. He?s managed to leave behind the violence of his past and Meg not only understands who he is, she gives him room to do what he must when the need oc...

    The Butcher's Boy, a highly skilled & paid Mafia hit-man, retired and has been in hiding for many years. There is a Mafia price on his head and he is discovered in England. He stashes his wife and heads to the States to kill the under-boss who tried to kill him. Since he doesn't kn...

  • Mehmet Utkan
    Apr 03, 2018

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

  • Dobby0390
    Jun 18, 2015

    The Butcher's Boy is possibly my favorite character that Perry has created. In many ways, he reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker character (One of my favorites!) save that he's a hitman, not a thief. There is a similarity in they type of story, too. They're not cookie-cutter nor predi...

    Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years. The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned ...

    This is a mesmerizing approach to the type of thriller which makes you identify and root for a hitman. It?s a return to the life of a freelance contract killer known as the Butcher?s Boy due to his origins in the trade under a childhood tutelage by a master killer whose front was w...

    The last book in the Butcher's Boy trilogy, and my favorite. Drawn out of a laconic retirement in the last book by a chance encounter, the Butcher's Boy decides it's time to finish things one way or the other. He returns to America, reconnects with the Justice Department's Mafioso expe...

    Perry set and published the same characters at ten year intervals and the reader can see development in both the Butcher's Boy and Elizabeth Waring. The hit man (BB) risks himself in this book to spare innocents, and the DoJ lawyer (EW) takes chances trying to make him an informant be...

    As I started this last book in the series about a professional killer, I was regretting that it was the last. I really can?t understand why this series is so intriguing to a person who abhors the thought of person deliberately seeking out individuals to kill. It is the writing of cou...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    Pathology or just business? A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring?s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as...

    PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice SERIES: #3 of 3 RATING: 4.0 Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER?S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and...

    Advanced reader copy. The Butcher?s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He?s getting older, slower...

    I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". ...

    I have read quite a number of books by Thomas Perry including The Butcher's Boy and several of the Jane Whitfield series as well as some standalone novels. He regularly delivers clever plots, nearly believable characters ("nearly" because they seem to have skills, senses and luck that ...

    3.5 stars-- this book is a mixed bag for me. At times, I'm loving it and would readily rate it at four stars. But then, just when I least expect it, the story lags. It's as if the author wanted to pad things just ever so slightly, but against the backdrop of an otherwise cracking good ...

    Fabulous series. ...

    Great series! I only wish there were more. True, the hitman hero is one of those magical creatures who always gets his man and escapes, but the books are cleverly written and engrossing. My favorite is Sleeping Dogs, in which dozens of mafiosi end up dead because of a single misunde...

    In retrospect, we wish Thomas Perry had billed this three-book ?Butcher?s Boy? set as a trilogy. We would have then expected the unresolved ending of book one, ?Butcher?s Boy?, and the even more abrupt ending of book two, ?Sleeping Dogs.? That the books span a publishin...

    "Not his name. He's been retired for about twenty years, but he used to be a high-end hit man. People knew of him as the Butcher's Boy. He was involved in the confusion in the Carlo Balacontano murder case. In the years since then, the old man has always wanted him dead." "How can you ...

    well loved by others but I was testing it on my birthday and it was not for me. Old Man will remain one of the best books I have read but it looks like I am not going to like the two popular series Butcher Boy and Jane Whitefield or whatever her name is. Tried and dropped. ...

    Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/m... Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with pro...

    Book3, in the Butcher?s Boy series Although I haven?t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd ins...

    Loved this installment in the Butcher's Boy series, set 10 years later with BB in his 50s. I assume it's the grand finale, but then again Perry could bring him back. As in book two, retired hit man BB has been discovered in England and an attempt made on his life. He returns to the US...

    This is a good series. It's another where I'm a little freaked out that I like it as it's (again) about a killer...a hit-man...a torpedo...in other words a murderer. But in his defense he's been trying to settle down and simply be a happily married man, in England. But like the snak...

    I've written and discarded a dozen attempts to reduce this book to a simple review. I finally realized it's not working because I'm still processing all the nuances. In one way, I am not ready to let go of the characters yet. But I'm also still processing my wonder and admiration of th...