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
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
The tale has a few uncomfortable moments and is not always smooth in the telling. The narrator carries it well and the story redeems itself in many places. It is a decent mystery with solid action and worth a listen.
WHILE FINDING TIME TO READ IS ACTUALLY A CHALLENGE & PUTS ME TO SLEEP, DISCOVERING 'AUDIBLE' HAS MADE IT RATHER EASY FOR ME TO ENJOY!!!
A pretty good listen, with a decent narrator that kept my attention. Would definitely recommend to the novice listener.
This was my first listen of Thomas Perry and I thought it to be an "OK" book. If not for the other reviews though, I probably wouldn't read anything else from this author, due to the lack of imagination in the book. It reads like a police procedural, with boring characters.
Jack Till seems to solve the case too easily, with all the handy clues available (like finding the next prostitute victim from the same necklace) At any rate, I didn't get attached to any of these characters, and what I enjoy most about what I read is the character development. I'll try another from this author though, as he does have great reviews from other books
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
I have read Thomas Perry before, and have long thought of him as an average writer. Someone I do enjoy reading, but not someone I get overly excited about. I did, however, really enjoy this book. I'm sure that the subject matter went quite a way towards my enjoyment, but the writing was also quite good. I felt that the premise was unique and creative enough to really intrigue me, and that is a great start!
The characters were very well developed and I found myself caring for them and becoming interested in their outcome. The protagonist is the typical super cop/Boy Scout that a lot of authors default to, but I did enjoy his character as well.
The narrator was not my favorite, but he did not detract excessively from the book. I thought he got a little too cliche with some of his voicings, and a bit lazy at times, but I would listen to him again as I have heard much worse.
Overall a great read!
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