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The Butcher's Boy | [Thomas Perry]

The Butcher's Boy

Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.
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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

©2003 Thomas Perry; (P)2008 Tantor

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    PAR-TEE 12-28-14
    PAR-TEE 12-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Bongoman

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    "Disappointed..."

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brenda hubbard 07-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.

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    "slow to start but enjoyable"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-23-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Interesting"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 01-10-10
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 01-10-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Good story, boring narrator"

    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.

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    cangrande 09-18-09
    cangrande 09-18-09
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    "Narrated by the Drowsy Man"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 11-30-12
    Randy 11-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Need to buy three books to know full story"
    What disappointed you about The Butcher's Boy?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It does not have an ending.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

    Poor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at the book company asking us to believe we purchased a book instead of 1/3 book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am torn between purchasing the third part to make a complaint and knowing what eventually happens.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 09-25-12
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2002
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    "If you like Jack Reacher, you'll enjoy this"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yancy Bowers Little Rock, AR USA 06-16-15
    Yancy Bowers Little Rock, AR USA 06-16-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Total waste of time"

    Been looking for something new and thought this might be great. Sucks balls. Will not invest in Michael Kramers work again.

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    Joseph N. Faulhaber Fairbanks, Alaska United States 05-30-15
    Joseph N. Faulhaber Fairbanks, Alaska United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"

    Classic thriller
    Kinda retro- no cell phones
    Refreshing in a funky way
    Gonna order the rest of the series

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    Amazon Customer 04-04-14
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    "Don't waste your credit or time"
    What disappointed you about The Butcher's Boy?

    Most disappointing is that the book does NOT resolve in a traditional ending - evidently have to listen/read the next two books.

    Worse, the plot is plodding and many aspects are simply not believable.


    What was most disappointing about Thomas Perry’s story?

    It was not the "complete" story! And I didn't like it enough to buy the other 2 books, much less spend the time listening.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

    It was OK.


    Any additional comments?

    Really a disappointment given some of the highly positive reviews. Michael Connolly's long intro also made the book sound like a true gem - maybe that set the bar to high as someone else noted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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