Not well written like the original novel. The characters are wooden, and sleep through this nightmare. A SLEEPING DOG !!!!!!!!
This is what thrillers look like when they grow up. Dark, sardonic, very funny; full of well-grounded movement; a solid idea of how the world works; wonderful characters, some of whom you end up caring about a great deal. To see just how well Thomas Perry does all this, compare it with one of the cheap knock offs, say Tom Woods' The Killer.
I've read the novel several times, and if the narrator wasn't right, I wouldn't have touched the audiobook. Michael Kramer gives the kind of reading that works so well you can't imagine doing it any other way.
Yesssss....second in The Butchers Boy series and I could not put it down...literally, I could not put it down. Absolutely riveting story. Line by line, thought by thought. But I am not nearly as fascinated with Elizabeth Waring, the Justice Dept agent. But no matter. The assassin is the story.
Every single assassination the Butcher's Boy does.
The Butcher's Boy, who, in this second book is mentioned by name..or by one of the several names he uses.
Yes....and I came close to doing that. I listened for hours at a time.
Do not miss this series....
I really enjoyed the series from The Butcher's Boy thru The Informant. I consider this series a must for every library. He presents a cold blooded killer as likable. Michael Kramer is a treat to listen to, he makes the book come alive. I wish Thomas Perry would write another in this series. I would suggest he drop back to the early days when Eddie took in the boy and bring us forward to the first in the series. I failed to find fault with some inaccuracies of reality for instance "door locks", give me a break, it is a great series. Do some of these critics not watch movies? Do they hold politicians to this same standard? I think not!!!!
This edition of the Butcher's Boy series is an incredible piece of writitng that just had me mesmerized. I loved being carried along in this stream of coincidences and mistaken identities as the Butcher's Boy once again makes his way across the U.S. on a mission, and my suspension of disbelief was firmly in place as I listened.
I don't know how to give a review of this book beyond my astonishment that I thought it was so good. It's both a simple and complex plot, and the characters are coming from different angles at the same information, with the listener in the background just drinking it in and thinking (at least I was), "No! That's not it at all!" We want to root for the government girl (Elizabeth), of course, but we want to root for the the assassin-protagonist (the Butcher's Boy), too. And in all of this, there is poignancy, sadness, suspense, and an undertone of humor that I think is a little bit of Thomas Perry's magic.
I recommend that you read the first installment (The Butcher's Boy) to have a full appreciation of this one, but I don't think it's totally necessary. Perry gives enough information when referring to events of 10 years before that you wouldn't be lost.
And of course, Michael Kramer's narration is superb.
Expecting a likable and entertaining murderer without a conscience, and being a huge fan of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, I found this a ho-hum listen. The Butcher's Boy could have been clever and entertaining, even though he was a murderer; but, he was deadly dull and not the least entertaining. It was an effort to find him likable. If he had some personality, it would be worthwhile. But, as popular as this series seems to be, I find it pales in comparison to the truly complicated, entertaining yet twisted Thomas Ripley. I have tried two recommended Perry books, that may be enough for me.
Very good pulp fiction with over the top action. Need to leave reality behind and just enjoy the excitement. I have next in series in my library.
Gripping doesn't even begin to describe this second installment of the Butcher's Boy trilogy.
If Michael Kramer's fantastic narration helps you connect the similarities between the BB and Richard Stark's mysterious, unflappable, single-minded protagonist Parker - then so be it. It's a worthy successor.
Can't recommend these books to thriller fans highly enough!
Sleeping Dogs is one of my most recent favorites of this genre. It kept me listening even when I needed turn it off and do other things, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
It did in the sense that the main character was not always aware of what was really going on. He made a lot of wrong assumptions that led to a lot more deaths. I just kept waiting for him to put it all together.
The "Butcher's Boy" himself. His complicated thinking. You should really not like him, yet you find yourself rooting for him.
No, it didn't feel like that kind of story. It was engaging right from the beginning, and you keep wondering when two of the main characters might meet. That was also a great part. Not what I expected and I am glad for that.
I am now really looking forward to reading the last in this trilogy, The Informant. I have it downloaded from the library so I will be into it yet this week!
As part of the "Butcher's Boy" trilogy, it was a hard book to put down. I listened to all three, back to back to back. Perry's stories are always fast moving and intense and we are exposed to another world, where people live off the grid. Some are predators, some are survivors, all living in secret just to stay alive. And while the Butcher's Boy is a professional assassin, in the end, you are rooting for his survival.