A Good Ending
come on, the Butcher's Boy. His deliberateness in how he approaches his life, the simple black and white way he deals with the attacks on him, yet his appeal is still there for a ruthless killer with little remorse. That complexity of why he protects his wife in the UK and Elizabeth, but has not issues with killing (not wounding) anyone in his way.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
There are several "recaps" of things that happened in earlier books, and perhaps more about the Butcher Boy's childhood than expected - both are well handled and don't feel repetitive. And it means you can enjoy this book without having read either of the other two. though, why you wouldn't want to read the other two is beyond me.
Waring is a more fully fleshed character in this book - more distinctive and developed enough that you become just as concerned about what will happen to her as you are about what will happen to the Butcher's Boy. This was a very pleasant surprise because she seemed to be right on the edge of being a "real" character in the earlier books, and it was nice to see her have a place in this story other than as someone to hinder the Butcher's Boy.
This is the best of the 3 in the series - the characters are all so engaging that it's hard to believe you're not really supposed to be rooting for the Butcher's Boy. If you like this book, you'll probably enjoy Lawrence Block's Keller series. And, maybe, even Lee Child's Jack Reacher books. The "justice" being delivered is similar in them all.
The narration is very good. The story pacing is good - and the end is satisfying. I didn't find it especially gory, considering the subject matter.
I don't usually go for the serial killer books so rampant in the best seller lists lately, but I have to admit that, as in the "Dexter" series, I recognize the gleeful feeling when an anti-hero kills folks that need killing. Revenge is a superb plot-driver, and this book zooms along relentlessly, impossible to put down. I agree with the audible editor's opinion of Michael Kramer's delivery -- spot on, unsentimental, and with good inflection changes for various characters. I also agree that it would be best to read these 3 books in order.
I just finished it, and was amazed at the elegance with which Perry wrapped up the story. I never saw the ending coming -- one of the all-time best last-minute swerves that left me misty-eyed and jaw-dropped.
Yes, absolutely .Love Michael Kramer's performance. He even does the women's voices well
Thrillers are not my normal go-to reads, but I listened to Fidelity first and that got me interested in both Thomas Perry's work and Michael Kramer's narration
Have only heard him reading Thomas Perry novels. This compares equally well as the rest
no- 2 sittings but very late at night
I am so pleased to have found a "new" author (for me) and have been recommending him to everyone I know that is interested in a well rounded book. The Butcher's Boy is The Perfect Novel
Quite entertaining with good narration. Fast paced and to-the-point. I gave it 4 stars because, frankly, this isn't literature. The writing played fairly fast and loose with the logistics of his endeavors, but still enough was there for me to think "ah hah" or "oh, yeah". Good character development which makes this story very engaging.
The book starts out well enough, if a bit too similar to the last one. Perhaps to avoid the reality that this book is not that dissimilar to "Sleeping Dogs", Perry creates a fantastic plot line, which stretched credibility with each passing event. Towards the end, it was difficult to see how the story could reach a credible conclusion. It didn't.
A lukewarm, so-so book, “The Informant – a Butcher's Boy Novel” is a killing novel, not a murder mystery. Somehow it kept me going on but in the end my first impression was correct. I thought it was slow and totally unbelievable.
The Butcher’s Boy (Schaeffer), a retired hit man, is killing mafia bosses after they put a contract out on him. He has no trouble finding them and shots always miss him. Elizabeth Waring of the Justice Department has a very unlikely alliance with him. She uses him as an informant and supplies him with information. In so doing, she's in constant conflict with her boss, Dale Hunsecker, who is depicted as an appointee and a buffoon with no experience for the job. The entire scenario is not believable.
I did find myself rooting for Schaeffer just because he was killing off Mafioso members because they were trying to kill him. This is despite the fact that he is a stone cold killer.
The ending resolves a complicated situation but is a letdown. Things could have been tied up more satisfactorily concerning Elizabeth’s incompetent boss, where Schaeffer is heading, and the conclusion in general. In short, this was a disappointing book and I will not be reading another Thomas Perry book in the near future.
English Lit BA highest honors UC Berkeley, 1974. Listening to books for pleasure or education is fun and it separates good writing from bad.
Thomas Perry sir, when are you going to regale us with tales of the level of the Butcher's Boy series or 'Metzger's Dog'? This was a reread (listen) for me, and O, how your craft doth flow! The frisson of surprise that you, the reader are pulling for a professional killer!
And of course, Michael Kramer's cool narration gives the low down on how the rotten crooks keep it on the down low.
Solid story. A couple of telegraphed outcomes of some sticky situations, but enjoyed the book to the end. I put 50k miles on my car each year and look for stories that keep me intrigued and awake. This kept me intrigued.