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
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.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
Knowing Michael would be free to live another day.
The Butcher's Boy hands down.
I plan to listen to all his books.
Thomas Perry gives us an assassin that you want to root for! The man is a killing machine, and you hoping he gets away, one more time. You cheer for the bad guy as he goes through his adventure, one close call after another all the way to the ending.
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)
This book is even better than the first in the series (Butcher's Boy) and, while the story does stand alone, I'd suggest reading the first book before this one to fully appreciate the main character's situation. Without that "history" you won't like him nearly as much as you could... and if you don't like the main character of this book, you'll probably not like the book very much since he's really the only "feature".
If you liked any of Block's Keller books, you'll like this one just as much... they are so similar in tone and pacing that they could have been written by the same author. Sleeping Dogs is more modern than Butcher's Boy (but not as modern as Block's Hitman) so, while there are car phones, there still aren't any cells around, and that does affect the story a bit.
I wish there were more books like this out there: with calm, cool and collected protagonists getting "justice" the only way they know how and where the author doesn't try to stog morals down your throat. The narrator is perfect for this book - clear and concise and doesn't over-dramatize events.
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.
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
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.
Tell the story
Yes... depending on the friend. I didn't need to have read any of the previous "Butcher's Boy" stories to find this book lots of fun.
The characters were developed early and none of the back-story was badly inserted (many authors don't master this)
The Butcher's boy, by any other name.
Yes, but not mandatory.
This was the first book I read of this series, and was excited to read the others; unfortunately the prior books did not measure up.
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?
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.
I can landscape while reading. Actually Michael Krame is a good reader.
At this time, I dont think so
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