Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.
It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way - all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.
Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
©2013 Thomas Perry (P)2013 Tantor
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The Boyfriend is derivative of Thomas Perry.
I ask artists this question, "How much of a final work is created in the process as opposed to whatever concept you brought to the project at the start". Their average answer, "A whole bunch. The inmates take over the asylum early on."
Ever played the game, "Imagine how history would have changed if…. (fill in the tiny change… like someone jostled John Wilkes Booth shooting hand). Imagine the options… the paths… And that's what happens to an artist during process… Forking pathways are discovered and one is chosen over the other.
And yet… What if the author-artist could go back to that pathway to make the other choice? The Boyfriend exists in a universe that's parallel to other Perry stories. In it he takes one of his most complex bad-guy's essence and bends his presence to a totally different world.
Perry is such a talented story teller, and Roberstson Dean a gripping audio artist, that even though you think you've been this way before… you'll notice that both the scenery and destination become way, way different.
Perry's one of the best.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Jack Till is a private investigator who is retired from a career at LAPD. In The Boyfriend he is investigating a sleazy escort service. I admit that this novel is not as good as most Thomas Perry novels, but I enjoyed it.
I didn't like the reader's voice at all. It didn't sound as if it was his real voice.
The story premise was interesting. The most interesting part of the story, to me, was how Jack Till researched finding the killer. I never knew, or thought about, the seamy underbelly of the sex trade before. The author was sympathetic to paid escorts, I thought.
If you want an easy listen and a story that doesn't make you think, try this book
The story is engaging and held my interest. The ending is rather abrupt. My problem with the performance is when the reader tries to change is voice for other characters especially female ones. I don't know why they think that is necessary. Sometimes it sounds plain silly. However, it was only a minor distraction in this book.
I was introduced to Perry through the "Butchers Boy" series which I loved and was not disappointed with "The Boyfriend ". Many similar elements to the "Butchers Boy" but in reverse (you'll see when you read it). Really enjoyed the procedural aspects of the detective work. A few loose plot points that lead to me only giving 4 stars but still a very enjoyable read.
Which is what I want when buying detective books. Lots of bloody action, a solid protagonist, and a sociopathic antagonist with no moral qualms. If you are pondering becoming a high priced escort, think very carefully first... In some ways a typical serial killer novel, but neatly written. Great narration, easy to listen to, as they say. Rated R for violence & (relatively) mild sexual action... (Review by Rick)
Another murder mystery but with Perry's ironic tone - not quite as good as the Butcher's Boy - but I enjoyed most of it (needed an edit or tightening towards the end). Robertson Dean does a good job
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