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Sleeping Dogs | [Thomas Perry]

Sleeping Dogs

He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever since, there's been a price on his head. Now, after a decade, they've found him.
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Publisher's Summary

He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever since, there's been a price on his head. Now, after a decade, they've found him.

The Butcher's Boy escapes back to the States with more reasons to kill. Until the odds turn terrifyingly against him...until the Mafia, the cops, the FBI, and the damn Justice Department want his hide...until he's locked into a cross-country odyssey of fear and death that could tear his world to pieces.

©2008 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor

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    04-23-10
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    "Sleepy narrator"

    Good story, but it was hard to get past the narrators monotone voice without inflection. If you can handle that I like the Butcher Boy stories.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    thomas United States 12-24-11
    thomas United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2011

    FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.

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    "this is it"

    EVEN THOUGH I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE BUTCHER'S BOY, I DO LIKE THOMAS PERRY'S OTHER OUTINGS ( METZGER'S DOG, BIG FISH, THE JANE WHITFIELD SERIES...) AND THOUGHT I'D GIVE THIS ONE A TRY. AM I EVER GLAD I DID. THOUGH IT CONTAINS MANY OF THE SAME CHARACTERS FROM THE BUTCHER'S BOY, SLEEPING DOGS IS A FAR SUPERIOR NOVEL. THE STORY OF THE BUTCHER BOY THWARTING AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON HIS LIFE, AND THEN HIS SUBSEQUENT REVENGE IS SUBLIME ENTERTAINMENT. THIS ONE HAS ALL THE PERRY TRADE MARKS: FANTASTIC PACING, HUMOR, AND DETAILED SET UPS AND PAY OFFS THAT MAKE THOSE ACTION SEQUENCES SO VIVID. AND MICHAEL KRAMER DOES A SUPERB JOB WITH THE NARRATION OF THE WORK. VERY PLEASED WITH THIS ONE.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-12-12
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as creative as other butcher boy novels"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not particularly. This story seemed thinly thought out, stretched credulity at every corner. our protagonist never seems to make a mistake, always figures out the correct angle with little to no information, with the exception of the heinous mistake that starts the whole story going in the first place. how can a guy who is so thorough and insightful make such a callus shallow decision as to go after every gangster he's ever crossed paths with after a single incident with a low level lackey?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The butcher boy franchise is interesting in premise, but the further I get into it the more I find it hard to be warmed by the positive experiences in this sociopath's life.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can landscape while reading. Actually Michael Krame is a good reader.


    Was Sleeping Dogs worth the listening time?

    At this time, I dont think so


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura K. Zebulon, NC, USA 02-10-10
    Laura K. Zebulon, NC, USA 02-10-10
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    "Wonderful!"

    Talk about on the end of your seat, suspensful, do I really have to turn my mp3 player off entertaining. This was great. I was glad to see the return of one of the character Michael from a previous book, I wondered who survived him or the wife. You can not go wrong with this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike & Jan Geihsler 02-14-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as Butcher's Boy"

    This sequel was not as good as Butcher's Boy. Too unbelievable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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