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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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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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    Toni Houston, TX, United States 06-29-09
    Toni Houston, TX, United States 06-29-09
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    ""Utterly unpredictable""

    That's the title of my review of Thomas Perry's first novel, THE BUTCHER'S BOY. SLEEPING DOGS is the sequel.

    This book is every bit as well-written as the first and only slightly less surprising. I think that's because THE BUTCHER'S BOY is (as far as I know) unique in mystery fiction. "Slightly less surprising" is still very high praise.

    I listened to THE BUTCHER'S BOY and SLEEPING DOGS back to back. The finale of SLEEPING DOGS strikes me as perfect. See if you don't agree.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-21-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Or... How I Fell in Love With a Hit Man"

    I do like this series, alot. There two story lines running parallel and occasionally intersecting. The Butcher's Boy, a stone cold killer who only believes in killing for profit or survival and despises the death of innocents. He is not a complete sociopath, his conscience is simply void when it comes to the mafia and those corrupted by the Mafia.

    Perry does a wonderful job describing the complications and difficulties a retired hit man incurrs with his personal life. He is a great anti-hero.

    The second story line involves Elizabeth Waring, a Justice Dept investigator, Mafia expert, widow, and single mother of two toddlers. She is smart, wise and clever, but she is not in charge and so must deal with other well meaning detectives, competing police agencies and meddling politicians. Nevertheless, she poses the biggest threat to the Butcher's Boy.

    What happens when these two lives intersect is the real mystery, and one well worth your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-11-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 03-11-12 Member Since 2006

    65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.

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    "Mr. Perry hits us right between the eyes. Again."

    Thomas Perry is a masterful writer who has by now essentially created his own genre. How many books have you read in which the protagonist is a professional hit man, through whom we see much of the story? We don't identify with him, as he is a cold-blooded killer, but the Butcher's Boy is a truly remarkable creation, and Mr. Perry is able to build the suspense in this book to the point at which you can barely stand it, but, at the same time, you never want it to end. The book is also funny, at times, and one chapter in particular is LOL funny. Elizabeth Waring is carefully drawn and holds our interest continually. The scene toward the end in which he is stuck in her house for a whole evening is brilliant, full of so much tension, fraught with the feelings of a single mother looking for a father for her kids, and the Butcher's Boy, who really just wants to stay alive and get out of the country and back to the Honorable Meg. The scene, as many do, crackles with energy. The plot is once again quite believable, although one might think eventually that one man whipping the Mob and the FBI and the Justice Department at the same time might be a bit of a stretch. In the hands of Mr. Perry and Mr. Kramer, not a bit. Every time we think that Mr. Perry has to whip out the deus ex machina, he somehow outfoxes us, as the Butcher's Boy keeps inventing new ways to wriggle out of a jam that seems impossible.
    Mr. Kramer is once again the perfect reader for this series. His voice is easy to listen to. He may not have that many voices, but he has enough to satisfy you. And, the plot and the characters are so intriguing that you are on the edge of your seat for hours. I can't imagine a thriller reader who will not enjoy these books, and to see the emergence of a truly gifted author is a real pleasure. I know it takes him a long time to write these, and I can see why, but I'm not sure that I can wait long enough for the next one.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-28-10
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Definitely read The Butcher's Boy First"

    Really good book; events that happened in the Butcher's Boy are referred to and summarized, but you really need to have read that book. Both are great. I couldn't quite believe this one ended as it did, and yet in retrospect I don't know how else it could have ended. I recommend it - so long as you read BB's first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jamo002 10-23-09
    jamo002 10-23-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Perry at his Best!"

    And Perry's best is darn good! Read "The Butchers Boy" first if you can. Then you'll move straight to this one. I did!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Loy 07-04-09
    Loy 07-04-09

    Born to read

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    "very good"

    this is the second book about Michael - the hitman
    he has been retired in England for 10 years but is spotted by his enemies.
    Another great story.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-28-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Read Butcher Boy First then WOW!"

    We are totally fortunate that someone with Thomas Perry's crackling intelligence is writing action thrillers. Every twist in this adventure circles imagination like a cuff to jerk it deeper into the plot. We care about these strange characters who started their growth in "Butcher Boy" then lurch up to grab us again ten years later here in "Sleeping Dogs".

    Michael Kramer created this ensembles' voices in "Butcher Boy" so who can imagine them differently? And why bother, it is as if the roles were created for Kramer.

    We're doubly fortunate that Audible Books can now keep a writer's entire set of works "in print" so-to-speak (no pun intended) so that we can begin our journeys along with the authors' ideas and follow them from the beginning. I have, and insist that you start with "Butcher Boy" before reading this... you will be wickedly happy you did.

    I've just downloaded "The Informer" and will start it happily at the gym tomorrow. It's an adventure that got me by the feelings. And BTW... if anything, "Sleeping Dogs" is better than "Butcher's Boy". Hope "The Informant" continues to grow like this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Justin omaha, NE, USA 06-15-09
    Justin omaha, NE, USA 06-15-09
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    "a fun listen."

    this was a fun story that went along the lines of most popular tv shows today that deal with detective work. point being, if you love csi then this is your book. plenty of twists and turns that are sure to keep your attention. i wasn't a big fan of the style this book was written in, however. the author seems to dwell on alot of irrelevant details, which made me feel like he was trying to lengthen up the story. however, it was an entertaining listen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 03-25-14
    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 03-25-14 Member Since 2012

    Tell the story

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    "Fast paced and well written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were developed early and none of the back-story was badly inserted (many authors don't master this)


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The Butcher's boy, by any other name.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not mandatory.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14
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    "Riveting!!!"
    Would you listen to Sleeping Dogs again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleeping Dogs?

    Every single assassination the Butcher's Boy does.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The Butcher's Boy, who, in this second book is mentioned by name..or by one of the several names he uses.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes....and I came close to doing that. I listened for hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this series....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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