©2003 Thomas Perry; (P)2008 Tantor
I am a fan of a number of great authors: Michael Connelly, Lee Childs, John Sandford, James Lee burke etc. I thought I would try someone new. The plot is shallow, some of the things that happen are so unbelievable - even the characters in the plot comment on this. When the book ended I thought there must be someone wrong with my iPod - it just ended abruptly. The reader is monotone. Bottom line - stick with the winners
Read this book based on the reviews... This book is simply an average mystery, nothing special. Characters are interesting, plot is simplistic, dialogue is amateurish, and the ending is predictable. A good summer beach read, but greatly over rated as far as mysteries go. I was hoping for more, a new series to delve into based on the reviews. I will pass on the sequels... Looking for a quick light read? This is your book!
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
In general I like Thomas Perry's writing. It is straightforward and methodical in a way that highlights the characters analytical thinking. I am always enthralled by how Perry's bad guys think through their strategies.
There was an introduction at the beginning that I found tedious and set me up to think that this was going to be a real page turner. Instead it was slow to start and I thought, "wow, what disservice that intro did to this book."
The narration was well done. I will buy more Thomas Perry. But I don't need the commercial intro that was almost ten minutes in length!
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
A good story, like an old movie so it was a little dated. Still a good listen, I will definetly listen to the next in the series.
The narrator's voice is so boring and listless that it kept putting me to sleep or my mind would wander off to other things. I had to keep rewinding it to get back into the story. The story itself was good and the ending made it obvious that there would be a sequel. Unfortunately, it is the same narrator. I noticed that all of the books narrated by this man have a slightly lower star rating that the other Thomas Perry novels that are read by other narrators. I'll have to drink a lot of coffee when listening to the next book.
The description makes this sound like a great book -- I'll have to pick up a hard copy. I usually listen to audio books in while driving. This one would make that dangerous. The narrator has so little enthusiasm or voice inflection I couldn't force myself past the 1 hr. mark. I downloaded Michael Connelly's Angel's Flight and I'm safe on the road again.
The reader is not too good but the biggest problem the book leaves you hanging without an ending. It takes the full series to make one story line. They should have made this into one long book.
It does not have an ending.
Anger at the book company asking us to believe we purchased a book instead of 1/3 book.
I am torn between purchasing the third part to make a complaint and knowing what eventually happens.
Perry does a great job creating a tension between a surprisingly sympathetic mob hit man and the Department of Justice lawyer who is chasing him. First in a series that I've pretty much finished.
Not your prototypical enjoyable listen. The reader sounds a bit like a 50's film noir detective (just the facts, ma'am) and the hit man guesses right just a bit too often, but it all ... just ... works.
If you like Reacher, I'm guessing you'll like the Butcher's Boy. Not 6'4", but the same kind of analytical thinking and get 'er done attitude. A total steal at the $4.95 sale price; definitely worth it at full retail.
When listening to this, I decided that it must have been written in the 1980s or 90s because the characters do so many stupid things that people who have watched police procedural TV shows or read books in that genre will find jarring. (Finding out it's from the 2000s boggles my mind.) For example, the main woman character does nothing particularly brilliant and does a number of simple things so poorly (like opening doors without asking people to identify themselves) that I wondered about her competence. I can't believe this was an award winning book.
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