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Pursuit: A Novel | [Thomas Perry]

Pursuit: A Novel

Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, the family of one of the victims seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, the family of one of the victims seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found.

Working outside the law and willing to do what the police can't, Prescott hunts the killer, an elusive adversary who is as smart, as methodical, as deadly as he is. The only way to conduct this pursuit is to goad the killer into believing that he must kill�Roy Prescott. It's a contest fought from one end of the country to the other, and both men understand that, when it's over, only one of them will be left alive.

©2001 Thomas Perry; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Once Prescott takes the job, the novel shifts into a gear so high that putting the book aside is no longer an option....A bravura performance from one of the few crime writers who never lets you down." (Los Angeles Times)
"Brilliant....A bona fide nail-biter....Thomas Perry's cerebral thrillers unfold methodically, in extremely sharp focus. His attention to detail is so intense that it generates its own brand of quiet suspense." (The New York Times)
"Perry is the best suspense writer in the business....Pursuit is relentless, filled with twists and turns, that rare page-turner that keeps one reading late into the night to finish." (Boston Globe)

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    Maxine San Diego, CA 12-21-06
    Maxine San Diego, CA 12-21-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Great book"

    This book is full of details that lead to an incredible ending. The author's ability to describe each character's logic, emotions, and skillset is profound.

    I recommend listening to this.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 12-27-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 12-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Mr. Perry continues to amaze."

    This is a stand-alone novel. Hard to follow a first act like the Butcher's Boy. The villain here is unambiguously evil. His name is Varney. He will kill anyone for any amount. There are two good guys: Milliken is a cop, Prescott is an ex-cop who teaches law-enforcement. Prescott does things which are marginally legal but effective. Thirteen people are killed in a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Prescott is called in. In the end the mouse finally cannot escape. The last four or five chapters will have you biting your fingernails, I guarantee it. Although you can predict the outcome, nonetheless the book is riveting. Prescott is trying to match minds with Varney, trying to match locations with him, and setting traps for the mouse. Prescott tries to anticipate where Varney will go and how he thinks. Varney goes to extremes to disguise himself. A separate trap is set for Varney, involving a woman named May.
    Tom Weiner matches skills with Mr. Perry, which is saying something indeed. His pace is fast when it should be, and tantalizing when it needs to be. Some readers will recognize locations in Buffalo and in LA from other books.There is a bit less humor here than in prior works, but Mr. Perry has set the bar so high for himself that we hardly notice that. I loved this book. I am now in Mr. Perry's clutches. I will go anywhere he wants to take me. I hope that you can jump on the train, too.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 03-10-13
    Pam Sturgess Laguna Niguel, CA 03-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow! A new Perry fan is born"

    This only my second Perry book. I liked - not loved - the first one but Having listened to Pursuit, Im now an official fan and will be getting all his books. This book is equal parts character development and plot and both are done extremely well. I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan (have them all, both audio and paper) and this book comes darn close. I hope the rest of his books measure up AND hope he continues the story line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 09-23-09
    Todd Glenview, IL, United States 09-23-09 Member Since 2009

    Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.

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    "Almost as good as Jack Reacher Stuff"

    Great story, Perry leads the reader down many paths, all of which you want to follow down. The ending is like nothing else I have ever read. The hero gets paid a lot for his services and clearly needs all the money to trap this vilian. It is great praise when I compare anything to Lee Child's Jack Reacher stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-25-09
    Cynthia Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-25-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Good author, exciting tale"

    I've enjoyed Thomas Perry's books, starting with the Butcher's Boy, and continuing through the different series. Perry often introduces a non-typical hero, sometimes unlikeable and occasionally even the "bad guy". Perry's ability to make these characters sympathetic enough for us to want to find out what happens to them is remarkable, particularly as he does it without watering down their personalities. Each one is an individual.

    Another thing Perry does very well is craft an exciting story. He does it again here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jamo002 07-17-09
    jamo002 07-17-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Page turner"

    If you don't like this book you need to stop reading murder mysteries and maybe avoid fiction in general.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard New York, NY, United States 06-05-12
    Richard New York, NY, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2003
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    "A fictional Chess match with collateral damage"

    I didn't know how Perry was going to sustain my interest for such a relatively long time, but he did. It's always fun to watch the hunter pursue the victim and then have the tables turn. In this case, the 'good' guy is only relative to an extremely depraved bad guy, (which can be traced to bad mothering) so our ending could never be in doubt. Still, a wily Chess game is always more enjoyable then Checkers. (Any good game metaphor works, excepted perhaps Bridge.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EL Charlotte, NC, United States 05-15-12
    EL Charlotte, NC, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Good story"

    I enjoyed this book and feel it deserves four stars. It was a different type story and made me think about how officials should look at crime scenes to get into the heads of the murderer(s). Also made me aware of how a person acts/dresses to "blend in" and not be noticed. A different premise than most action/detective type books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-25-10
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 06-25-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Another good book"

    This will be a short review but I like all of Perry's books and thought I should say so. He has a way of telling a story and making it interesting. I like first person narratives ie; I felt this, not he felt this. Perry has a lot of this in his books. This is a good murder mystery without much mystery, but a lot of suspense. I got a bit angry that the murderer got away so many times to commit more murders when he was cornered and given too many chances. It did hold my attention though and I give it four stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 10-27-09
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 10-27-09 Member Since 2008

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Slow Pursuit"

    I found the basic plot of this book to be good but it was so slow moving I almost gave up on finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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